FIELDS TRIP
Interstate 88 Illinois

The western Interstate 88 runs from Interstate 80 near East Moline, Illinois, to Interstate 290, just west of Chicago. On Day Three of the Fields Trip, I drove all of the western Interstate 88.

PICTURES
All pictures taken May 21, 2003

Interstate 88 East at Exit 1B - Interstate 80
West - Des Moines.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 2 - Former IL 2.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 6 - IL 92 East - Joslin.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 10 - Hillsdale/Port
Byron.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 18 - Erie/Albany.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 26 - IL 78 -
Morrison/Prophetstown.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 36 - Rock Falls/
Sterling.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 41 - IL 40 - Rock
Falls/Sterling.
Interstate 88 East at Exit 44 - U.S. 30 East -
Joilet. This is the final exit before the East-
West Tollway begins. Exit numbers are not
posted on the tollway.
"Welcome Illinois Tollway" sign as the East-
West Tollway begins.
Interstate 88 East approaching the Dixon
Toll Plaza - 1 mile.
Interstate 88 East at IL 26 - Dixon exit. The
Toll Plaza is just ahead.
Dixon Toll Plaza on Interstate 88 East. A 95-
cent toll is in place for cars.
Interstate 88 East approaching IL 251 - 3
miles, and Interstate 39/U.S. 51 - 5 miles.
Interstate 88 East at IL 251 - Rochelle/
Mendota exit. Interstate 39 is 2 1/2 miles
ahead.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate 39/
U.S. 51 - 1 mile.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate 39/
U.S. 51 South - Next Right.
Interstate 88 East at Interstate 39/U.S. 51
South - Bloomington-Normal exit.
Interstate 88 East at Interstate 39/U.S. 51
North - Rockford exit.
Interstate 88 East approaching the DeKalb
Toll Plaza - 1 mile.
Interstate 88 East at TO IL 38/23 - Annie
Glidden Rd./DeKalb exit. The DeKalb toll
plaza is just ahead.
A closer view of the DeKalb Toll Plaza. Like
the Dixon plaza, a 95-cent toll is in place here.
Interstate 88 East at the DeKalb Oasis. A
McDonald's and Mobil are present at this
particular oasis.
Interstate 88 East at Peace Road exit in
DeKalb. DeKalb is home of Northern Illinois
University.
Interstate 88 East at IL 47 exit.
Interstate 88 East at Orchard Road exit. Traffic
begins to pick up and speed up as we have
entered the Chicago metro area.
Interstate 88 East approaching the Aurora
Toll Plaza - 1 1/2 miles.
Interstate 88 East at IL 31/56 - Aurora/Batavia
exit.
Interstate 88 East approaching the Aurora
Toll Plaza.
The lanes split into Express and Automatic/
Manual lanes for the Aurora Toll Plaza.
The lanes continue to split as the toll plaza
fast approaches.
A closer view of the Aurora Toll Plaza. A
40-cent toll is paid here for cars.
Interstate 88 East at Farnsworth Ave. South
exit.
Interstate 88 East at Farnsworth Ave. North
exit.
Interstate 88 East at IL 59 exit.
Interstate 88 East at Winfield Road exit.
Interstate 88 East at Naperville Rd. exit.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate
355 - 2 miles.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate 355
South - 1 mile, and Interstate 355 North -
2 1/2 miles. Interstate 88 and Interstate 355
parallel each other for about a mile.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate 355
South - Next Right.
Interstate 88 East at Interstate 355 South -
Joliet exit.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate 355
North.
Interstate 88 East at Interstate 355 North -
Northwest Suburbs exit.
Interstate 88 East at Highland Ave. exit.
Interstate 88 East at Midwest Rd. exit.
Interstate 88 East approaching York Rd.
Toll Plaza - 1 mile.
This mileage sign on Interstate 88 East
indicates how many miles away the next
three interstates are. Interstate 294 South is
one mile away, and Interstate 294 North and
Interstate 290 are two miles away.
Interstate 88 East approaching the York Rd.
Toll Plaza.
Closer view of the York Rd. Toll Plaza. A
40-cent toll is charged for passenger vehicles.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstates
290/294.
Interstate 88 East at Interstate 294 South -
Indiana exit.
Another sign warns of which lanes go to
which freeway.
Interstate 88 East approaching Interstate
294 North/Interstate 290 West - Next Right.
Interstate 88 East at Interstate 294 North/
Interstate 290 West exit.
Did we just go from Chicago to Atlanta? At
least, this sign looks like it belongs in the
Peach State instead of in Chicagoland.
Interstate 88 will end in about 1/2 mile. The
sign ahead says "Tollway Ends - Thank you for
using the Illinois Tollway."
Interstate 88 East comes to an end as
Interstate 290 prepares to merge in 1/4
mile. The partially cut-off sign to the right says
"Interstate 88 Ends - Begin Interstate 290."
Interstate 88 East officially draws to a close
as the ramp that leads to U.S. 12/20/45 exits.
This interchange can bottleneck easily during
the morning rush hour. Thankfully, this picture
was taken at about 12:30 in the afternoon.

Trip pages:

Day One:
Oklahoma:
Interstate 35
Kansas:
Interstate 35 | Interstate 135 | U.S. 81
Nebraska:
U.S. 81 | Interstate 80

Day Two:
Nebraska:
Interstate 80
Iowa:
Interstate 80 | Interstate 380 | U.S. 20 | IA 136 | U.S. 61

Day Three:
Iowa:
Interstate 80
Illinois:
Interstate 80 | Interstate 88 | Interstate 290 | Interstate 90
Indiana:
Interstate 90 | Interstate 94
Michigan:
Interstate 94 | Interstate 196 | Interstate 96

Day Four:
Michigan:
Interstate 96 | Interstate 75 | Interstate 94 | Interstate 696

Day Five:
Michigan:
M-14 | Interstate 94 | Interstate 69
Indiana:
Interstate 69 | Interstate 465 | Interstate 70
Illinois:
Interstate 70 | Interstate 270 | Interstate 255
Missouri:
Interstate 255 | Interstate 270 | Interstate 44

Day Six:
Missouri:
Interstate 44
Oklahoma:
Interstate 44

Miscellaneous Pictures

Trip Summaries:
Days 1-3 (Oklahoma City to Grand Rapids)
Days 4-6 (Grand Rapids to Oklahoma City)

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Last updated August 20, 2003 11:11 PM