How to avoid Memorial Day weekend traffic around Chicago

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Whether you're headed out of town or staying home this Memorial Day weekend, you'll need a plan to avoid the expected surge in traffic.

What's happening: AAA estimates that 42.3 million Americans will travel during the holiday weekend ā€” a 7% increase over last year.

Monica Eng
May 15, 2023 - Transit

Kennedy construction fuels new traffic patterns and habits in Chicago

Photo of expressway traffic

Traffic grinds to a halt on the Kennedy downtown. Photo: Justin Kaufmann/Axios

Chicagoans are switching to side streets, trains and bikes to avoid Kennedy Expressway and DuSable Lake Shore Drive construction.

Driving the news: The Chicago Transit Authority has released new data showing a bounce in weekday morning ridership on the Blue Line by about 7,000 rides per week since Kennedy construction began in March.


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