Golden Corridor

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The Golden Corridor in the Chicago metropolitan area

The Golden Corridor is the area around the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway, formerly known as the Northwest Tollway (Interstate 90) in the Chicago metropolitan area.[1][dead link] It is coined as such since the corridor generates a "gold" mine of economic profit for communities in the area. Several Fortune 500 company headquarters, office parks, industrial parks, exhibition and entertainment centers, medical facilities, hotels, shopping centers, and restaurants are located along the Golden Corridor. With the exception of the O'Hare area of Chicago, all of the communities located in this region are part of a larger region known as the "Northwest Suburbs".

Cities and villages[edit]

Cities and villages located within the scope of the Golden Corridor include:

Major companies[edit]

A view of the Rosemont area

Several important companies are headquartered in or have a significant presence in the corridor. They include:

Educational institutions[edit]

A variety of higher educational institutions are located along the Golden Corridor, ranging from branch locations to community colleges to four year colleges.

Shopping centers[edit]

View of the area around Woodfield Mall

Ranging from regional indoor malls to chic lifestyle centers, "the Golden Corridor" is a bustling center of retail activity. Major shopping centers include:

Entertainment and exhibition centers[edit]

From major arenas to convention centers to theaters to gambling centers, the Golden Corridor is a thriving entertainment center. Major facilities include:

Healthcare facilities[edit]

Located within five miles (8 km) of the Northwest Tollway are a variety of major hospitals, including:

Hotels and restaurants[edit]

Nearly every national hotel and restaurant chain can be found along the corridor, as well as numerous independently owned and local chains.

The highest concentration of hotels can be found in the Schaumburg/Arlington Heights and Rosemont/O'Hare areas, with secondary concentrations in Hoffman Estates, Elgin, and Itasca.

Transportation infrastructure[edit]

Air transport[edit]

Mass transit[edit]

Limited access highways[edit]

  • Interstate 90 ("Jane Addams Memorial Tollway") is the primary interstate highway in the area, providing high-speed limited-access transportation for the corridor. In addition to providing direct highway access to many of the local roads, communities, and amenities of the Golden Corridor, it also provides access to Rockford to the west and downtown Chicago to the east, and extends coast-to-coast, from Seattle to Boston.
  • Interstate 190 provides direct access from Interstates 90 and 294 to Chicago-O'Hare International Airport.
  • Interstate 290/Illinois Route 53 is a limited access highway that intersects Interstate 90 in Schaumburg near Woodfield Mall. It provides access to the northwest suburbs to the north and to the western suburbs to the south and east, as well as access to downtown Chicago.
  • Interstate 294 ("Tri-State Tollway") is a limited access north-south highway that intersects Interstate 90 near Rosemont. It provides access to the northern suburbs to the north, as well as the western and southern suburbs to the south.
  • Illinois Route 390 ("Elgin-O'Hare Expressway") is a limited access highway that runs from U.S. Route 20 in Hanover Park to Thorndale Road in Itasca, providing local access for communities in that area. An eastward extension of the expressway to the west side of Chicago-O'Hare International Airport at York Road is currently under construction, as is a northward leg to Interstate 90 and a southward leg to Interstate 294.

Highways and roads[edit]

Local east-west highways that serve the region include Stearns Road, U.S. Route 20 (Lake Street), Illinois Route 19 (Irving Park Road), Thorndale Road, Biesterfield Road, Devon Avenue, Illinois Route 72 (Higgins Road and Touhy Road), Schaumburg Road, Illinois Route 58 (Golf Road), Illinois Route 62 (Algonquin Road), Kirchoff Road, Dempster Street, Oakton Street, Euclid Avenue, Central Road, U.S. Route 14 (Northwest Highway), U.S. Route 12 (Rand Road), Palatine Road, Illinois Route 68 (Dundee Road), Huntley Road, and Big Timber Road.

Local north-south highways that serve the region include Illinois Route 47, Randall Road, Illinois Route 31, Illinois Route 25, Beverly Road, Illinois Route 59, Bartlett Road, Barrington Road, Springinsguth Road, Ela Road, Roselle Road, Plum Grove Road, Quentin Road, Meacham Road, Arlington Heights Road, Illinois Route 83 (Elmhurst Road and Busse Road), York Road, Mount Prospect Road, Wolf Road, U.S. Route 45 (River Road and Lee Street/Mannheim Road), and Illinois Route 171 (Cumberland Avenue).

See also[edit]