Illinois Route 50

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Illinois Route 50 marker

Illinois Route 50
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 66.49 mi[2] (107.01 km)
Existed: 1924[1] – present
Major junctions
South end: US 45 / US 52 in Kankakee
  I-57 in Bradley
US 30 in Matteson
US 6 in Oak Forest
I-294 in Alsip
US 12 / US 20 in Oak Lawn
I-55 in Chicago
I-290 / IL 110 in Chicago
I-94 in Chicago
US 14 in Chicago
North end: US 41 in Skokie
Counties: Kankakee, Will, Cook,
Highway system
US 50 US 51

Illinois Route 50 (IL 50) is a north–south state road in northeastern Illinois. It runs from the junction with U.S. Route 45 (US 45) in West Kankakee north to U.S. Route 41 in Skokie. This is a distance of 66.49 miles (107.01 km).[2] In Chicago and the suburbs it's known as Cicero Avenue. Before this, Cicero Avenue was previously known as 48th Avenue, owing to its City of Chicago address of 4800 West.[3]

Route description[edit]

IL 50 begins in Kankakee at an intersection with Southeast Avenue (US 45/U.S. Route 52 in Illinois) and heads north as Schuyler Avenue. The four-lane road crosses the Kankakee River and then turns east onto East River Street before turning north onto a one-way pair of Harrison Avenue northbound and Indiana Avenue southbound. While on this one-way pair, IL 50 crosses two railroads, then turns east onto Fair Street and crosses a third. After crossing the railroads, the roadway curves in a northerly direction and becomes Hobbie Avenue before it enters Bradley.[4]

In Bradley, the road is known as Kinzie Avenue, and it continues due north, meeting a diamond interchange with Interstate 57 (I-57), then leaving the city. North of the city, IL 50 begins to parallel a railroad. It bends to the northeast, crosses the southern branch of Rock Creek, and passes through Manteno. Northeast of Manteno, the highway leaves Kankakee County and crosses into Will County. Still paralleling the railroad and I-57, IL 50 passes through Peotone and heads toward Monee. In Monee, the route dips to the north and crosses the railroad, then crosses into University Park. Here the route is known as Governors Highway. It curves north before leaving the city and Will County, crossing into urban Cook County.[4]

Upon crossing into Cook County, IL 50 enters Richton Park. From here northward the road is known as Cicero Avenue. It passes straight through Richton Park and into Matteson. In Matteson, IL 50 meets Lincoln Highway (US 30). The route then continues due north through the remainder of Matteson, through the Southern Green Belt Forest Preserve, and into Country Club Hills. Continuing north through Country Club Hills, IL 50 crosses under I-80, then under I-57, without access to either highway. Just north of I-57, IL 50 curves slightly to the northwest, leaves Country Club Hills, and enters Oak Forest. The route continues northward in Oak Forest, intersecting 159th Street (US 6). North of the US 6 intersection, the highway crosses into Midlothian, where it intersects IL 83 south at 149th Street.[4]

IL 50 and IL 83 head north and enter Crestwood. In the northern part of this city, IL 83 splits off to the northwest at an intersection with Cal Sag Road, while IL 50 continues heading north and crosses the Little Calumet River into Alsip. Here, the highway shares an interchange with I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), then continues due north into Oak Lawn. In Oak Lawn, IL 50 meets US 12 and US 20 at 95th Street, then continues north and leaves the city. It forms the border between Burbank and Chicago. Continuing north, the highway enters Chicago entirely and serves the Chicago Midway International Airport, then meets I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) at a diamond interchange.[4]

North of the interchange with I-55, IL 50 crosses the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal, leaving Chicago and entering Cicero. The route has a short trip through this city, and re-enters Chicago a short distance to the north, meeting I-290 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway) just north of the boundary. Heading north through the western portion of the city, the highway intersects IL 64 and IL 19 before crossing under I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) without access. Continuing north, IL 50 meets I-94 (Edens Expressway) at an interchange in which IL 50 has no access to I-94, and only traffic travelling eastbound on I-94 can access IL 50 southbound. The route then crosses the north branch of the Chicago River and intersects US 14 at Peterson Avenue. North of this intersection, the highway leaves Chicago and passes through Lincolnwood. It then continues north to its northern terminus at Lincoln Avenue (US 41) in Skokie.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

County Location Mile km Destinations Notes
Kankakee Kankakee US 45 / US 52 (Southeast Avenue, Schyler Avenue) Southern terminus
IL 17 (Court Street)
Bourbonnais I-57
No major junctions
Cook Matteson US 30 / Lincoln Highway
Oak Forest US 6 (159th Street)
Midlothian IL 83 (147th Street, Sibley Boulevard) South end of IL 83 concurrency
Alsip IL 83 (Cal Sag Road) North end of IL 83 concurrency
I-294 (Tri-State Tollway) Southbound entrance on 127th Avenue
Oak Lawn US 12 / US 20 (95th Street)
Chicago Chicago Midway International Airport Interchange
I-55 (Stevenson Expressway)
I-290 / IL 110 (Eisenhower Expressway) No eastbound entrance
IL 64 (North Avenue)
IL 19 (Irving Park Road)
I-94 (Edens Expressway) Southbound entrance only
US 14 (Caldwell Avenue, Peterson Avenue, Ronald Reagan Highway)
Skokie US 41 (Skokie Boulevard, Lincoln Avenue) Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


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