Illinois Route 59

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Illinois Route 59 marker

Illinois Route 59

Sutton Road
Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
Illinois Route 59 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length71.13 mi[1] (114.47 km)
Major junctions
South end I-55 in Shorewood
Major intersections US 52 in Shorewood
US 30 / IL 126 in Plainfield
US 34 in Aurora

I-88 Toll / IL 110 (CKC) in Naperville
US 20 in Bartlett

I-90 Toll in Hoffman Estates
US 14 in Barrington
US 12 in Wauconda
US 12 in Fox Lake
North end IL 173 in Antioch
CountryUnited States
CountiesWill, DuPage, Cook, Lake
Highway system
IL 58 US 60

Illinois Route 59 is a north–south state highway in northeastern Illinois. It runs south from Illinois Route 173 in Antioch to I-55 in Shorewood, spanning the north–south width of Chicago's western suburbs. This is a distance of 71.13 miles (114.47 km).[1]

Route description[edit]

Facing south along Illinois Route 59, taken from the Illinois Prairie Path.

Illinois 59 is a major four-lane arterial for most of its length, running parallel to and about five miles (8 km) east of the Fox River in Illinois, and thirty miles (48 km) west of Chicago's State Street. It is especially congested in the suburbs of Aurora and Naperville, where traffic counts average 40,000-55,000 vehicles per day. To accommodate the congestion, the 7.5-mile stretch between Ferry Road and 95th Street has been widened to six lanes. Most portions along Illinois 59 are zoned for commercial uses, however there are extensive stretches of residential areas along the road in West Chicago, Barrington, and Fox Lake Hills. Illinois 59 is the only numbered highway with a Metra station named after it: the Route 59 station on the BNSF line, which differentiates the station from the Naperville and Aurora stations.[3]

Illinois 59 is called Fox Lake Road in Fox Lake Hills, Grand Avenue in portions of Ingleside and eastern Fox Lake, Sutton Road from South Barrington to Bartlett, Neltnor Boulevard in West Chicago, Hough Street in Barrington, and Brook Forest Avenue and Cottage Street in Shorewood.

Illinois 59 overlaps U.S. Route 12 (Rand Road) between Wauconda and Fox Lake.

In almost every town or village spanning Route 59, retail development and residential sprawl can be found. The Route 59 corridor includes regional shopping areas in the Naperville/Aurora area, the Hoffman Estates/South Barrington/Streamwood area, the Plainfield area, and the Joliet/Shorewood area. The Route 59 corridor also includes large community retail areas in Volo/Fox Lake, Wauconda, Bartlett, West Chicago, and Warrenville. Route 59 also travels through the Barrington Historic District and is proximate to significant office complexes and job centers at its junctions with Interstate 90 and Interstate 88; these intersecting corridors of commerce are known as the Golden Corridor and the Illinois Technology and Research Corridor respectively. The regional shopping malls Westfield Fox Valley in Aurora and The Arboretum of South Barrington can also be found along the Route 59 corridor.


SBI Route 59 ran from Joliet to Antioch on the current Illinois 59. Illinois 59 was replaced by U.S. Route 66 as U.S. 66 made its way onto a new highway in 1940; by 1957, Illinois 59 had been returned to its original state.[2]

The Illinois Department of Transportation opened a diverging diamond interchange at Illinois 59 and Interstate 88 in September 2015.[4]

Major intersections[edit]

Intersection of IL 59 and IL 132 in Fox Lake Hills. Image taken traveling southbound on 59.
I-55 south
Southern terminus of IL 59; southbound exit and northbound entrance; I-55 exit 251
Southern end of Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway
US 52 (Jefferson Street) to I-55
Northern end of Kerry Sheridan Memorial Highway

US 30 east / Lincoln Highway east (Joliet Road)
Southern end of US 30/Lincoln Highway concurrency
Lincoln Highway west (Lockport Street)
Northern end of Lincoln Highway concurrency
7.812.6 IL 126 (Main Street)
US 30 west (143rd Street)
Northern end of US 30 concurrency
CR 66 east (Hassert Boulevard, 111th Street)
Western terminus of CR 66
city line
17.127.5 CR 33 (75th Street)
17.528.2 US 34 (Ogden Avenue)

I-88 Toll / IL 110 (CKC) (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – DeKalb, Chicago
Diverging diamond interchange; I-88 exit 123
21.634.8 CR 3 (Ferry Road)
Warrenville22.235.7 IL 56 (Butterfield Road)
West Chicago25.240.6 IL 38 (Roosevelt Road) – Wheaton, GenevaInterchange
CR 21 east (Washington Street)
Western terminus of CR 21
29.247.0 IL 64 (North Avenue)Red light camera enforcement intersection (southbound only)
Bartlett31.450.5 CR 11 (Army Trail Road)
33.453.8 CR 29 (Stearns Road)
Cook35.757.5 US 20 (Lake Street) – Elgin, ChicagoInterchange
Streamwood36.558.7 IL 19 (Irving Park Road)
Hoffman Estates38.461.8 IL 58 (Golf Road)
I-90 Toll (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) – Chicago, Rockford
I-90 exit 59
Hoffman EstatesSouth Barrington
village line
40.465.0 IL 72 (Higgins Road)
Barrington Hills43.369.7
IL 62 / IL 68 west (Algonquin Road)
Southern end of IL 68 concurrency
IL 68 east (Dundee Road)
Northern end of IL 68 concurrency
LakeBarrington47.576.4 US 14 (Northwest Highway, Ronald Reagan Highway)
North Barrington49.579.7 IL 22
Lake Barrington50.781.6 CR A42 (Miller Road)
Tower Lakes52.584.5
CR V49 south (Kelsey Road)
Northern terminus of CR V49
US 12 east (Rand Road)
Southern end of US 12 concurrency; interchange
55.188.7 IL 176 (Liberty Street, Wauconda Road)Interchange
Volo59.796.1 IL 120 (Belvidere Road)
Fox Lake62.9101.2

IL 134 east / CR A26 west (Big Hollow Road)
Western terminus of IL 134; eastern terminus of CR A26
US 12 west
Northern end of US 12 concurrency; interchange
Fox Lake HillsLake Villa
village line
IL 132 east (Grand Avenue)
Western terminus of IL 132
Antioch71.13114.47 IL 173 (173rd Airborne Brigade Highway)Northern terminus of IL 59
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

External links[edit]


  1. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08.
  2. ^ a b Carlson, Rick. Illinois State Highways Page: Routes 41 through 60. Last updated March 15, 2006. Retrieved March 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Metra. Metra Home Page. Retrieved May 2, 2006.
  5. ^ Google (February 19, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 59" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 19, 2017.