Anyone who travels to Chicago from the Lansing area has had to make the tough decision of flying, taking the bus, the train, or driving. Driving seems best but you could have the misfortune of some heavy traffic and construction. I drive to my hometown Chicago from Downtown Lansing about every 5 weeks for the weekend to see my daughter and 19-month-old granddaughter. Her name is Indie and she is my first, she is my pride and joy.

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Flying or Driving?

Now, I have considered flying when I make the journey. It's a 4-hour drive and I have my car with me so it's convenient to drive. If I did take a plane, it would not make too much sense because by the time you get to the airport, take the quick flight, rent a car, well, I could be there already, and it is way more expensive to fly. One way is just a tank of gas.

I guess the question is what is the quickest route from the Lansing area. The last time I drove a few weeks ago on a Friday, they closed 94 west in both directions for construction. Yes, I should have checked traffic first. I will not make that mistake again. It was awful. With the detour it took me over 7 hours instead of 3 and a half.

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Best Route To Drive

The best route in my opinion unless your car has wings is 69 south to 94 west (96 is way out of the way) to the I-90 toll road which will cost you about 9 bucks each way with 3 tolls. It is faster than driving more east and hitting 80 to 57 into the city.

Also, remember Chicago is such a great weekend getaway with so much to do in the downtown area. There's Oak Street Beach, awesome museums, Navy Pier, great shopping, and restaurants. I also highly recommend a Cubs game if you have never been to Wrigley Field.

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