Talk:Wacker Drive

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I was thinking we should add to the intersections information about connections between Upper and Lower Wacker. For instance, while driving southbound on Lower Wacker, one can exit to a ramp that takes you to the intersection of Washington [Randolph] and Upper Wacker, and can turn on either road—so in a sense, it is an intersection with Lower Wacker as well. Perhaps we should split the intersections into Upper and Lower Wacker lists? Also, yes, Columbus Drive is tri-level for at least some distance south as I ended up on the lowest level once when exploring the bowels of the city. I'll explore it again when I get the chance. — Knowledge Seeker দ (talk) 07:58, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC) (comment updated — Knowledge Seeker দ (talk) 19:42, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC))

What I have so far
I was working on a side view of Wacker (which would show the intersections and ramps, like at right), but I don't have enough information. But apparently you'll be helping; thanks again. I'd like to show which ramps are one-way as well. --SPUI (talk) 08:09, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC)

Wow, that's a nice diagram. Pretty accurate; I don't know how you got that information, because I've never been able to find it anywhere without actually driving it. Anyway, I just drove along it a few times and I'll list all the entrances and exits one would see while driving along Lower Wacker. I'll use U for Upper and L for Lower (and S [let's use SL] for Service Level [Lower Lower] should it be necessary).

Driving West→South on L Wacker:

  • TERMINUS: You may ENTER from southbound L Lake Shore Drive (L Lake Shore Drive basically exists from Grand Ave to Wacker Ave, I think)
  • TERMINUS: You may ENTER from northbound Lake Shore Drive (one level)
  • EXIT ramp up to U Wacker
  • INTERSECTION at L Columbus (tri-level), N or S
  • ENTRANCE ramp up from SL Wacker (just discovered this when taking the a photograph; never noticed it before)
  • INTERSECTION at L Stetson (appears to be tri-level too), road only goes S
  • INTERSECTION at L Michigan, N or S
  • INTERSECTION at Garvey, road only goes S
  • INTERSECTION at Post, road only goes S
  • EXIT ramp up to U Wacker & (L) Randolph (only one level at that point; believe it's the lower level)
  • ENTRANCE ramp down from U Wacker & (L) Randolph
  • EXIT ramp up to U Wacker & Monroe
  • ENTRANCE ramp down from U Wacker & Monroe
  • ENTRANCE ramp down from U Wacker & Adams
  • TERMINUS: You may EXIT to Harrison St. (at Franklin)
  • TERMINUS: You may EXIT to westbound Congress Parkway, just before it crosses I-90 and becomes I-290

Driving North→East on L Wacker:

  • TERMINUS: You may ENTER from eastbound Congress Parkway
  • TERMINUS: You may ENTER from Harrison (at Franklin)
  • EXIT ramp up to U Wacker & Adams
  • EXIT ramp up to U Wacker & Monroe
  • ENTRANCE ramp down from U Wacker & Monroe
  • [I may be missing another entrance ramp here; I don't think so but I'll check tomorrow]
  • INTERSECTION at Post, road only goes S
  • INTERSECTION at Garvey, road only goes S
  • EXIT at Wacker Place, road only goes E
  • INTERSECTION at L Michigan, N or S
  • INTERSECTION at L Stetson, road only goes S
  • INTERSECTION at L Columbus, N or S
  • ENTRANCE ramp down from U Wacker
  • TERMINUS: You may EXIT to northbound L Lake Shore Drive
  • TERMINUS: You may EXIT to southbound Lake Shore Drive

Hope this helps; let me know if you need more information about this part and I'm looking forward to see the next version of your diagram. — Knowledge Seeker দ (talk) 10:08, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC) (updated — Knowledge Seeker দ (talk) 19:42, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC))

I added a photograph showing all three levels of Wacker Drive. (Of course) feel free to move it or change the caption; it's the first time I've uploaded an image. Unfortunately it has been somewhat cloudy today so the colors aren't very vivid; I'll try again when it's sunnier. — Knowledge Seeker দ (talk) 20:39, 23 Feb 2005 (UTC)

I was told by a taxi driver (not the best source, I know) that Wacker Drive is the only 9-directional street in the world. By that he meant that there's an upper north, upper south, upper east, upper west, lower north, lower east, lower west, lower south and lower lower east Wacker Drives. While I know that these nine directions are all true, I'm not sure on the whole "only one in the world" trivia. If so, it sure makes an intersting bit of trivia. I don't want to add it without verification, but it sure is a fun fact to repeat to visitors. --Senna27 01:24, 21 September 2006 (UTC)