Best times to travel for Thanksgiving in Chicago
This year we could see one of the busiest-ever Thanksgiving seasons for travel.
Why it matters: With TSA expecting a record 30 million passengers and the reality of Kennedy construction closings, you'll need to plan ahead if you want to avoid any headaches for the holiday.
State of play: Traffic will be heaviest on Wednesday, but it may be worse than usual this year, because IDOT just began inbound Kennedy ramp closings that are in effect for two weeks.
- Take the new traffic patterns into account.
Here are the best times to drive this holiday weekend, according to Inrix.
- Wednesday: Before 8am or after 8pm
- Thanksgiving Day: Before 11am or after 6pm
- Friday: Before 11am or after 8pm
- Saturday: Before 2pm or after 8pm
- Sunday: Before 11am or after 8pm
The worst? Traffic is expected to be 11% higher between 2pm and 6pm on Wednesday and 3pm and 5pm next Sunday.
Be smart: Peep those gas prices. They are currently hovering around $3.65 in the Chicago area, but that could change quickly because of holiday demand.
If you are flying out, O'Hare and Midway are expecting massive crowds. AAA is predicting almost a 7% increase in travel over last year. If that happens, it will be the busiest Thanksgiving since 2005.
The intrigue: You can track waits for TSA checkpoints at O'Hare at FlyChicago.com.
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