Illinois Route 390

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Illinois Route 390 marker

Illinois Route 390
Elgin–O'Hare Tollway
Route information
Length: 6.01 mi[2] (9.67 km)
Existed: October 29, 2013[1] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 20 in Hanover Park
East end: I-290 in Elk Grove Village
Counties: DuPage, Cook
Highway system
I-355 IL 394

Illinois Route 390 (IL 390), previously known as the Elgin–O'Hare Expressway, now known as the Elgin–O'Hare Tollway, is a electronic toll highway in northeastern Illinois. IL 390 currently connects U.S. Route 20 (US 20, Lake Street) in Hanover Park to the intersection with Interstate 290 (I-290) and Thorndale Avenue in Itasca.[3][4] The only other towns it borders are Schaumburg and Roselle. IL 390 is 6.01 miles (9.67 km) long.[2] Construction is underway to extend the road from I-290 to the western edge of O'Hare International Airport.

Route description[edit]

Markers for the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway on Wright Boulevard in Schaumburg

IL 390 is a highway located about five to seven miles (8.0 to 11.3 km) to the south of Interstate 90 (I-90), which it parallels. From US 20, the highway travels over a half-mile-long (0.8 km) bridge over the Metra Milwaukee District West Line tracks, and some wetlands. The highway then enters Cook County from DuPage County and intersects IL 19 (Irving Park Road). At Meacham Road, the highway crosses back south into DuPage County.

A four-lane arterial roadway continues east, named Thorndale Avenue. This road terminates at York Road near the western border of O'Hare Airport. Thorndale is currently being replaced with the eastern extension of IL 390.


Elgin–O'Hare Expressway
Location: Hanover ParkItasca
Length: 5.95 mi[2] (9.58 km)
Existed: November 2, 1993[1]–October 29, 2013[5]

Although the concept of an Elgin–O'Hare Expressway dates back to the 1960s, the highway was not seriously considered until the late 1980s. Around that time, congestion was rapidly increasing on local roads, especially US 20 (Lake Street). Although Lake Street was extensively widened prior to the completion of the highway, initially to Glen Ellyn Road and then to the Roselle-Bloomingdale border nearly ten years later, its capacity was still insufficient for the rapidly growing western suburbs. Construction on the highway began around 1991 and was completed two years later. Governor Jim Edgar opened the highway at an afternoon ceremony on November 2, 1993.[1]

When the highway first opened, both of its termini had traffic signals with major arterial roads in the area. This arrangement caused large backups during weekday rush hours. According to the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT), average daily traffic counts (in 2003) for IL 390 are 39,600 vehicles for the western two miles (3.2 km) and around 82,000 to 87,000 cars per day for the remainder.[3]

On October 29, 2013, IDOT announced that the highway was re-designated IL 390 at groundbreaking ceremonies for the Elgin–O’Hare Western Access Project.[5]

Current status[edit]

The Illinois State Toll Highway Authority (ISHTA) has started an ambitious eastward extension of IL 390 to a new interchange on the western border of O'Hare International Airport, where it will meet the planned I-490 connecting I-90 to the north and I-294 to the south.[6] This interchange may also incorporate ramps into a planned western terminal at O'Hare. The official groundbreaking for the expansion took place on October 29, 2013.[5]

The highway will follow an alignment close to that of the existing Thorndale Avenue, through the communities of Itasca, Wood Dale, Elk Grove Village, and Bensenville.

Construction on the eastern extension began in 2013. The first part was a rehabilitation and widening of the existing Elgin–O'Hare Tollway, especially construction of noise control walls.[7] The road will then be extended eastward to the western edge of O'Hare, where it will be connected to the O'Hare West Bypass. Toll collection on the existing segment began in 2016.[8] The entire eastern extension is expected to be completed by late 2017.


As of 2016, a feasibility study is underway on the western extension of IL 390 from US 20 to North Avenue, as well as improvements to US 20 between North Avenue and Shales Parkway.[9] However, unlike the original plans, the entire extension is proposed to be an arterial road rather than a limited access freeway or tollway.

Exit list[edit]

There are six exits as of 2014.

County Location[2] mi km Exit Destinations Notes
Hanover Park 6.0 9.7 US 20 (Lake Street) Partially built interchange; current western terminus of the Elgin-O'Hare Tollway
6.6 10.6 Lake Street Toll Plaza
Schaumburg 7.1 11.4 IL 19 (Irving Park Road) / Springinsguth Road Eastbound exit is located here
Roselle 7.4 11.9 7B CR 23 south (Gary Avenue) Flyover ramp to southbound Gary Avenue; westbound exit, eastbound entrance
Schaumburg 7.7 12.4 7A IL 19 (Irving Park Road) / Springinsguth Road Westbound exit is located here
8.3 13.4 8 Rodenburg Road, Wright Boulevard Westbound exit to North Frontage Road, which accesses both streets and eventually IL 19; eastbound, South Frontage Road terminates and joins with the Elgin O'Hare Expressway
8.7 14.0 Mitchell Boulevard Toll Plaza
Roselle 9.4 15.1 9 Roselle Road Full diamond interchange
10.4 16.7 Plum Grove Road Toll Plaza
DuPage Itasca 11.3 18.2 11 Meacham Road
CR 24 south (Medinah Road)
IL 53 (Rohlwing Road)
Medinah Road southbound, Meacham Road northbound; westbound exit to a left-lane turnaround ramp leading to ramp for IL 53
Elk Grove Village 12 I-290 west – Rockford
I-290 east to I-355 south – Chicago, Joliet
At-grade intersection; flyover from I-290 west to IL 390 west. Interchange in progress; expected to be complete by the end of 2017
Park Boulevard Interchange under construction; expected to be completed in Spring 2017
CR 10 (Prospect Avenue) Interchange under construction; expected to be completed in Spring 2017
Arlington Heights Road Interchange under construction; expected to be completed in Spring 2017
CR 28 (Wood Dale Road) Interchange under construction; expected to be completed by the end of 2017
Bensenville IL 83 (Busse Road) Interchange scheduled to open by the end of 2017
CR 8 (York Road) Interchange scheduled to open in 2019
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi
  •       ETC
  •       Unopened


  1. ^ a b c Ibata, David (November 3, 1993). "Gridlock Bandage: Elgin-O'Hare Expressway—at Least Part of It—Opens". Chicago Tribune. 
  2. ^ a b c d Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved January 3, 2009. 
  3. ^ a b Illinois Department of Transportation (2006). "Getting Around Illinois". Illinois Department of Transportation. Archived from the original on February 19, 2007. Retrieved March 3, 2007. 
  4. ^ Illinois Department of Transportation (2010). DuPage County, Illinois General Highway Map (PDF) (Map). Springfield: Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved July 24, 2012. 
  5. ^ a b c "Governor Quinn and Local Leaders Break Ground on $3.4 Billion Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project: New Illinois Route 390 is First Part of the State's Largest Roadway Project and Will Create Thousands of Jobs" (Press release). State of Illinois. October 29, 2013. Retrieved October 29, 2013. 
  6. ^ Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. "EOWA Corridor Overview". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved September 20, 2015. 
  7. ^ Rice, Jennifer (January 17, 2013). "Elgin–O'Hare access approved for construction". The Fox Valley Labor News. Retrieved January 3, 2013. 
  8. ^ Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. "EOWA Project Update". Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Retrieved January 10, 2017. 
  9. ^ "US 20 Feasibility Study: Shales Parkway to IL-390/IL-390 Western Extension". Retrieved 23 February 2016. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Bing / Google

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