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Edens Expressway


Edens Expressway

Edens Expressway
Edens Parkway
;">Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Existed: Early 1950s – present
Template:Jct/extra I-94 from Chicago to Northbrook
Template:Jct/extra US 41 from Wilmette to Northbrook
;">Major junctions
South end: Template:Jct/extra I-90 / I-94 in Chicago
  Template:Jct/extra IL 50 in Chicago
Template:Jct/extra US 14 in Chicago
Template:Jct/extra IL 58 in Skokie
Template:Jct/extra US 41 in Northfield
Template:Jct/extra IL 68 in Northbrook
North end: Template:Jct/extra I-94 / US 41 in Northbrook
;">Highway system
Illinois state highway system
Illinois Tollway system

The William G. Edens Expressway (also known as the Edens Parkway and the Edens Superhighway) is the main major expressway north from the city of Chicago. For most of its length, the Edens carries Interstate 94; it also carries U.S. Route 41 from Wilmette to its northern terminus. Only the short portion from the Spur Ramp to the expressway's end in Highland Park does not carry I-94. It was the first expressway in Chicago and was opened on December 20, 1951. It has three lanes in each direction. The original name of the expressway was the Edens Parkway, named after William G. Edens, a banker and early advocate for paved roads. He was a sponsor of Illinois' first highway bond issue in 1918.

Route description

Northbound, the expressway runs from the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago north to the Edens Spur of the Tri-State Tollway in Northbrook. U.S. Route 41 joins I-94 just north of Skokie until the junction with the Edens Spur. At that point, I-94 diverges onto the spur, while U.S. Highway 41 remains on the mainline as the Skokie Highway, continuing north through the northern suburbs of Chicago.


The Edens was last rehabilitated from 1978 through 1980.[1]

On April 4, 2008 the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) closed one lane in each direction for the entire length of the freeway. The closures, lasting until August 2008, occurred in advance of patching and resurfacing of the mainline. In addition, the $42.8 million project will rehabilitate six bridges and improve drainage at four underpasses.[2]

Exit list

For an exit list, see Interstate 94 in Illinois


External links

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  • Historic, Current & Average Travel Times For The Edens Expressway
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