Formerly the Elgin-O'Hare Expressway, the Illinois Route 390 Tollway is an expressway running 12 miles through the western suburbs of Chicago. Beginning at U.S. 20 in the village of Hanover Park, the toll road heads east through portions of south Schaumburg, the village of Roselle and the village of Itasca where it meets Interstate 290.

The original Elgin-O'Hare Expressway ended at I-290. The new Illinois Route 390 Tollway opened east from there to IL 83 (Busse Road) in November 2017.1 The extension east through the city of Wood Dale to York Road and Illinois 19 at Bensenville is under construction through 2019.2

The $3.4 billion Elgin O’Hare Western Access (EOWA) Project involves 17 miles of new roads and 15 new or improved interchanges. Approved by the Elgin O’Hare Advisory Council in 2011, work on the EOWA Project commenced in 2013. Construction along Illinois 390 involved widening the Elgin O'Hare Expressway, implementing all electronic tolling and extending the route east along Thorndale Avenue to Chicago O'Hare International Airport (ORD), where it will tie into Interstate 490. I-490 is a proposed toll road encircling the west side of the airport, from the Tri-State Tollway (I-294) to the Jane Addams Memorial Tollway (I-90).2

Construction completed in 2015 improved IL 390 from U.S. 20 (Lake Street) to IL 53 (Rohlwing Road) and added a flyover from Interstate 290 west to Illinois 390 west. Work underway through 2017 upgraded IL 390 east from Rohlwing Road to IL 83 (Busse Road) and completed the cloverstack interchange with I-290. Ongoing construction to 2022 extends the IL 390 Tollway east from IL 83 to O'Hare and south to IL 19 (Irving Park Road).2


Illinois 390 east
A distributor roadway separates from the Illinois 390 Tollway mainline for Interstate 290 at the Illinois 53 (Rowling Road) overpass. Photo taken 05/06/18.
Traffic separates into single lane ramps for I-290 leading southeast to Chicago and a loop ramp onto I-290 north to Schaumburg and I-90 (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) west to Rockford. Photo taken 10/22/17.
I-290 travels one mile south to a three-wye interchange with the north end of I-355 (North South Tollway). Photo taken 10/22/17.
The EOWA Project upgraded the exchange with Interstate 290 into a cloverstack, with flyovers connecting I-290 with the IL 390 tollway. Photo taken 10/22/17.
Illinois 390 west
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Motorists travel from Illinois 83 (Busse Road) onto a slip ramp to the Illinois Route 390 Tollway as Thorndale Avenue continues west along a frontage road system to west of Mittel Boulevard. Photos taken 05/06/18.
IL 390 formally begins a 12-mile course through western Chicago suburbs ahead of Wood Dale Road (Exit 14). The tollway ends at U.S. 20 east of Hanover Park and Bartlett.
Stubs are already in place along the IL 390 mainline for its eventual extension to the future Elgin-O'Hare Western Access tollway (I-490) being planned on the west side of O'Hare International Airport (ORD). Photo taken 05/06/18.
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The Illinois Route 390 Tollway use all electronic toll (AET) collection gantries along its entire stretch, with the first one located over Lively Boulevard ahead of Exit 14. Photos taken 05/06/18.
Wood Dale Road extends north through industrial areas to Devon Avenue and south to IL 19 (Irving Park Road) at Wood Dale. IL 390 west otherwise passes over Prospect Avenue in one mile (Exit 13). Photo taken 05/06/18.
The Illinois Route 390 Tollway advances from I-290 and the Rohlwing Road overpass initially with four westbound lanes, reducing to three at the Cook county line. Photo taken 05/06/18.
The Plum Grove Road mainline toll collection point precedes the diamond interchange (Exit 9) with Roselle Road along IL 390 west. Photo taken 05/06/18.
Passing through the Plum Grove Road AET toll gantries on IL 390 west. Plum Grove Road spans the tollway nearby. Photo taken 05/06/18.
A half mile ahead of the off-ramp (Exit 9) for Roselle Road south to the village of Roselle and north into Schaumburg. Photo taken 05/06/18.
Reassurance marker posted along westbound IL 390 ahead of Exit 9 (Roselle Road). Photo taken 05/06/18.
Illinois 390 angles northwest below Roselle Road at Exit 9 ahead of the Schaumburg village line. The EOWA project widened the previous Elgin O'Hare Expressway along this stretch from four to six lanes. Photo taken 05/06/18.

Sources:

  1. I-490 Tollway and Illinois Route 390 Tollway Projects. Central Tri-State Tollway - Building for Tomorrow (Illinois Tollway), February 20, 2018.
  2. Elgin O'Hare Western Access Project. Illinois Tollway web site.


Photo Credits:

    10/22/17 by Peter Johnson. 05/06/18 by AARoads.

Connect with:
Interstate 290
U.S. 20

Page Updated 05-04-2018.