Interstate 290 is a 30.5 mile long urban loop, connecting Downtown Chicago and the Chicago Loop with the western suburbs northwest to I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) at Schaumburg and the IL 53 freeway north to Rolling Meadows. The east-west portion of I-290 follows the Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway from Hillside to Oak Park and across Chicago from Austin to the West Loop and the Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange with I-90 / 94 (Dan Ryan / Kennedy Expressways).
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Interstate 290 was completed in Chicago in 1955 and named the Congress Street Expressway. The urban freeway was renamed to honor President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1964, and numbered as part of the Interstate 90 mainline until 1978. I-90 was subsequently realigned onto the Kennedy Expressway to the Northwest Tollway, with the Eisenhower Expressway renumbered as new Interstate 290.
Constructed in the late 1950s, the Jane Byrne (Circle) Interchange joins I-90, I-94 and I-294 at Downtown Chicago. The turbine interchange was rebuilt starting in October 2014. A new flyover opened to traffic from the inbound Dan Ryan Expressway (I-90/94) to the outbound Eisenhower Expressway (I-290) in Fall 2016. Additional work from September 2013 to October 6, 2014 reconstructed the westbound off-ramp from I-290 to Morgan Street, and replaced the Morgan Street overpass. Work from March 3, 2014 to April 21, 2016 replaced the Halstead Street overpass above I-290, and the adjacent Harrison Street bridge over the Dan Ryan Expressway.1
Project work from October 2017 through Winter 2019 reconstructed the eastbound lanes of Interstate 290, including the Congress Parkway Viaduct bridge. Reconstruction of I-290 west extended 1,850 feet from the Post Office to Racine Avenue. This included rebuilding the westbound span across I-90/94.
Page Updated 05-04-2018.