U.S. Route 41 in Illinois

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U.S. Route 41 marker

U.S. Route 41
US 41 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length: 64.81 mi[1] (104.30 km)
Existed: November 11, 1926 (1926-11-11) – present
Major junctions
South end: US 12 / US 20 / US 41 at Chicago
North end: I-41 / I-94 / US 41 near Zion
Highway system
I-41 IL 41

U.S. Route 41 (US 41) in the U.S. state of Illinois runs north from the Indiana border beneath the Chicago Skyway on Indianapolis Boulevard to the Wisconsin border north of the northern terminus of the Tri-State Tollway with Interstate 94. It is the only north–south U.S. Route to travel through a significant portion of the city of Chicago, carrying Lake Shore Drive through the central portion of the city along the lakefront. US 41 in Illinois is 64.81 miles (104.30 km) in length.[1]

Route description[edit]

US 41 southbound from the junction with the southern terminus of US 14 in Chicago

US 41 enters Illinois running concurrently with US 12 and US 20 on the far southeast side of Chicago. They run together until the junction of 95th Street and Ewing Avenue. US 41, then continues down Ewing Avenue for one-half mile (800 m) before heading northwest–southeast along the extension of Lake Shore Drive. Lake Shore Drive continues until US 41 meets South Shore Drive and 79th Street. This is the western terminus of the Lake Shore Drive extension and US 41 continues through the South Shore neighborhood's section of South Shore Drive before reaching the southern terminus of Lake Shore Drive.

The Lake Shore Drive section of US 41 is a six- to eight-lane highway along the shores of Lake Michigan through Chicago's lakefront park system. It is a limited-access highway except for five signalized intersections near downtown Chicago.

Just short of the northern terminus of Lake Shore Drive, US 41 exits at Foster Avenue. It follows Foster Avenue west for over two miles (3.2 km) and then heads northwest on Lincoln Avenue into neighboring Lincolnwood. Between Lake Shore Drive and Lincolnwood, US 41 intersects US 14 twice; once at its terminus at Foster Avenue and Broadway, and once again at the intersection of Peterson Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.

US 41 is named Skokie Boulevard through Skokie, then its name changes to Skokie Road north of Skokie. Traveling north, it joins I-94 (Edens Expressway) westbound just north of the Old Orchard Shopping Center; they split a few miles north when US 41 becomes the Skokie Highway. The highway serves as a major north–south arterial expressway for much of its routing through Chicago's northern suburbs, as well as an oft-used alternate for truckers avoiding the cost of tolls on the Tri-State Tollway. Before reaching the Wisconsin border, US 41 rejoins I-94 at the northern terminus of the Tri-State Tollway; these two roads continue, toll-free, north one mile (1.6 km) to the Wisconsin border.

Major intersections[edit]

County Location mi[1][2] km Exit Destinations Notes
Cook Chicago 0.00 0.00 US 12 / US 20 east / US 41 south (Indianapolis Boulevard) Continuation into Indiana
0.01 0.016 I-90 west (Chicago Skyway) / Toll Bridge Tolled; signed as "To I-90 west"; access to I-90 east is in Indiana; I-90 exit 107
1.71 2.75 US 12 / US 20 west (95th Street) Northern end of US 12/US 20 overlap
6.41 10.32 Jeffery Drive, Marquette Drive
6.8 10.9 Hayes Drive (6300 South)
7.7 12.4 57th Drive Southern end of freeway
8.2 13.2 53rd Street Southbound exit only
8.6 13.8 Hyde Park Boulevard (5100 South) Southbound exit only
9.1 14.6 47th Street
10.3 16.6 Oakwood Boulevard (3940 South)
11.3 18.2 31st Street
12.0 19.3 I-55 south (Stevenson Expressway) – St. Louis Northern terminus of I-55
12.7 20.4 18th Drive – Museum Campus Northern end of freeway
12.9 20.8 Waldron Drive (1600 South) At-grade intersection; northbound exit and entrance only
13.2 21.2 To I-290 / Columbus Drive (300 East) Northbound exit and southbound entrance only
13.2 21.2 McFetridge Drive (1326 South) Northbound exit and entrance only
13.4 21.6 To I-90 / I-94 / Roosevelt Road (1200 South)
13.8 22.2 Balbo Drive (700 South)
14.2 22.9 Historic US 66 / Jackson Drive (300 South) Eastern terminus of Historic US 66
14.4 23.2 Monroe Drive (100 South)
14.6 23.5 Randolph Street (150 North)
14.7 23.7 To I-290 / Wacker Drive (300 North) Northbound exit is via Randolph Street; southbound exit is via Grand Avenue
15.2 24.5 Illinois Street (500 North), Grand Avenue (530 North)
15.3 24.6 Ontario Street (620 North) Southbound exit only
15.6 25.1 Chicago Avenue (800 North) At-grade intersection; no southbound exit[a]
15.7 25.3 Chestnut Street (860 North) Southbound exit only
16.2 26.1 Michigan Avenue/Oak Street (1000 North) Southbound exit and northbound entrance
16.9 27.2 IL 64 (LaSalle Drive, North Avenue (1600 North)) Eastern terminus of IL 64
17.8 28.6 Fullerton Parkway (2400 North)
19.0 30.6 Belmont Avenue (3200 North)
19.5 31.4 Recreation Drive (3400 North) Northbound exit only
20.0 32.2 IL 19 (Irving Park Road (4000 North)) Eastern terminus of IL 19
20.5 33.0 Montrose Avenue (4400 North)
20.8 33.5 Wilson Avenue (4600 North)
21.0 33.8 Lawrence Avenue (4800 North)
21.51 34.62 Lake Shore Drive north Interchange; northern end of Lake Shore Drive overlap; northbound exit and southbound entrance
22.01 35.42 US 14 west (Broadway Street)
25.01 40.25 US 14 (Peterson Avenue)
Skokie 27.9 44.9 IL 50 south (Skokie Boulevard)
29.5 47.5 IL 58 west (Dempster Street)
Wilmette 32.9 52.9 I-94 east (Edens Expressway) Southern end of I-94 overlap; interchange; southbound exit and northbound entrance
Northfield 34.0 54.7 33 Willow Road – Winnetka Exit numbers follow I-94; westbound exit and eastbound entrance; signed as exits 33A (west) and 33B (east)
35.1 56.5 31 Tower Road –Winnetka, Northfield Westbound entrance and eastbound exit
Northbrook 36.7 59.1 30 IL 68 west (Dundee Road) – Northbrook Westbound exit and eastbound entrance; signed as exits 30A (west) and 30B (east)
37.3 60.0
I-94 west (Edens Spur) – Wisconsin
Northern end of I-94 overlap; interchange; northbound exit and southbound entrance
county line
NorthbrookHighland Park
city line
37.8 60.8 Lake Cook Road
Lake Highland Park 38.4 61.8 Clavey Road, Skokie Valley Road
38.8 62.4 Chantilly Road Northbound exit and entrance
40.0 64.4 Central Avenue, Deerfield Road – Highland Park
Northern end of freeway
41.5 66.8 IL 22 (Half Day Road) Separate jughandle ramps for traffic exiting onto IL 22
Lake Forest 44.7 71.9 IL 60 (Kennedy Road)
45.2 72.7 Deerpath Road
Lake Bluff 47.5 76.4 IL 176 (Rockland Road) Southbound traffic exits via Washington Avenue/Shagbark Road; northbound traffic exits via Skokie Valley Road
North Chicago 49.6 79.8 IL 137 (Buckley Road)
Waukegan 51.6 83.0 Northpoint Boulevard Southbound exit and entrance only
52.0 83.7 Old Skokie Highway Northbound exit and entrance only
52.4 84.3 IL 120 (Belvidere Road) Interchange
52.7 84.8 IL 43 south (Waukegan Road) Northbound traffic from IL-43 merges onto northbound U.S. Route 41; southbound traffic from U.S. 41 to IL-43 South and IL-120 West use the same ramp
Gurnee 53.2 85.6 Washington Street Interchange; northbound ramp also goes to Old Skokie Highway
54.0 86.9 IL 132 (Grand Avenue) Northbound ramp also goes to Grandville Avenue
56.1 90.3 IL 21 (Riverside Drive) Northern terminus of IL 21
Wadsworth 59.0–
IL 173 (Rosecrans Road)
62.8 101.1 I-41 begin / I-94 east (Tri-State Tollway south) – Chicago, Indiana Tolled; southern end of I-41/I-94 concurrency; southern terminus of I-41; south end of freeway; southbound exit and northbound entrance; exit 1B on I-94; toll-free northbound[3]
63.3 101.9 1 CR A1 (Russell Road) Signed as exit 1A southbound
64.81 104.30 I-41 / US 41 north / I-94 west – Milwaukee Continuation into Wisconsin
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi

See also[edit]


  1. ^ This intersection is closed to traffic entering & exiting the drive from either direction from 6:45am–9:30am Monday through Friday (traffic light on the drive remains solid green and cones block the turning lanes and exit point; the Chestnut Street southbound exit is unaffected)


  1. ^ a b c Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Retrieved 2007-11-08. 
  2. ^ Google (March 16, 2017). "Overview Map of US 41" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved March 16, 2017. 
  3. ^ GIS/Mapping Division, Lake County Department of Information Technology. "Lake County: Village of Wadsworth" (PDF). Retrieved 26 March 2012. 

External links[edit]

Route map: Google

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