U.S. Route 14 in Illinois

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This article is about the section of U.S. Route 14 in Illinois. For the entire route, see U.S. Route 14.

U.S. Route 14 marker

U.S. Route 14
Northwest Highway
Ronald Reagan Highway[1]
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 69.55 mi[3] (111.93 km)
Existed: 1933[2] – present
Major junctions
West end: US 14 in Harvard
  US 12 / US 45 in Des Plaines
I-294 in Des Plaines
I-94 in Chicago
US 41 in Chicago
East end: US 41 in Chicago
Counties: McHenry, Lake, Cook
Highway system
IL 13 IL 14

In the U.S. state of Illinois, U.S. Route 14 is a major arterial that runs southeast from the Wisconsin state line north of Harvard, Illinois to the north side of Chicago at U.S. Route 41.

Route description[edit]

First signage on US 14 westbound after its terminus at US 41 in Chicago

U.S. 14 begins in Chicago as Broadway Street on the city's north side. It runs north as Broadway Street and turns northwest onto Ridge Avenue. One half block after crossing Clark Street, U.S. Route 14 turns west onto Peterson Avenue. At Cicero Avenue, Peterson Avenue becomes Caldwell Avenue and travels in a northwest/northern direction entering Niles. U.S. Route 14 joins Illinois Route 43 (Waukegan Road) for a short time before turning west onto Dempster Street. U.S. 14 travels west briefly touching Park Ridge and enters Des Plaines.

Where U.S. Highway 14 crosses Interstate 294 is an unusual intersection where all four street names change. From the south is Northwest Highway coming out of Park Ridge and Chicago; from the north is Rand Road. U.S. Highway 14 continues straight west but no longer as Dempster Street, but now as Miner Street. Miner Street begins a northwesterly direction into downtown Des Plaines crossing two intersections of U.S. Routes 45 and 12. The name Miner Street changes to Northwest Highway after going under a wooden railroad underpass on a large S-curve. U.S. Route 14 continues for most of the rest of its length northwest to Wisconsin designated as Northwest Highway.

Though the name is not used among locals, the entire portion of U.S. 14 in Illinois is given the honorary name Ronald Reagan Highway, which is not to be confused with the Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway.[1] U.S. 14 in Illinois is 69.55 miles (111.93 km) in length.[3]


At one point, U.S. Route 14 continued down Foster Avenue to Lake Shore Drive, where it then turned south. It left Lake Shore Drive for Michigan Avenue and intersected U.S. Route 66. It then terminated at what was U.S. Route 20 before it was diverted.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi km Destinations Notes
McHenry Chemung Township 0.00 0.00 US 14 west – Walworth Wisconsin state line
Harvard IL 173 east (Diggins Street) Northern end of IL 173 concurrency
IL 173 west (Brink Street) Southern end of IL 173 concurrency
IL 23 south Northern terminus of IL 23
Woodstock IL 120 east (Washington Street) Western terminus of IL 120
IL 47 (Eastwood Drive)
Crystal Lake IL 176 (Terra Cotta Avenue)
IL 31 – Algonquin, Elgin, McHenry Interchange
Fox River Grove IL 22 east Western terminus of IL 22
Lake Barrington IL 59 (Hough Street, Barrington Road)
Cook Palatine Township IL 68 (Dundee Road) – Dundee, Wheeling Interchange
Palatine IL 53 Interchange
Mt. Prospect IL 83 (South Main Street)
Des Plaines IL 58 (Golf Road, Wolf Road)
US 12 / US 45 (Mannheim Road, Lee Street, Graceland Avenue)
I-294 south (Tri-State Tollway)
Niles IL 21 (Milwaukee Avenue)
Morton Grove IL 43 north (Waukegan Road) / IL 58 (Dempster Street) Northern end of IL 43 concurrency
IL 43 south (Waukegan Road) Southern end of IL 43 concurrency
Chicago I-94 (Edens Expressway) No access from US 14 east to I-94 west
IL 50 (Cicero Avenue)
US 41 (Lincoln Avenue)
Hollywood Avenue to Lake Shore Drive
US 41 (Foster Avenue) Eastern terminus of US 14
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


Route map: Bing / Google

  1. ^ a b Ronald Reagan Presidential Foundation & Library. "Things Named in Honor of Ronald Reagan". Retrieved 2007-10-23. 
  2. ^ Carlson, Rick (2005-03-15). "Illinois Highways Page: Routes 1-20". Retrieved 2006-05-27. 
  3. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2007). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 

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