Chicago Truck Routes/Low Clearance Guide

Discussion in 'Experienced Truckers' Advice' started by brinkj23, Jul 10, 2008.

  1. brinkj23

    brinkj23 "Asphalt Cowboy"

    Dec 26, 2005
    What is your guys best advice to use for going through and arround the chicago area. Gonna be on a midwest regional run and I will be spending alot of time in Chicago unfortunately. But just wondering if they have a specific trucker map with local chicago roads on it, or if I should just get a city map and use it along with my road atlas and gps. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
  2. im6under

    im6under Medium Load Member

    Feb 13, 2007
    low clearance and street map sells at most of the truck stops up there.
  3. innermore

    innermore Bobtail Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Belleville, WI
    The problem is that there aren't too many truckstops near enough to chicago that would sell low bridge maps. All the interstates in and out of there are toll and with few exits. 80 eastbound there's a few around Joliet that probably would sell bridge maps; 80 west, I'd say somewhere around Gary, IN. I got mine at the TA off of 90 eastbound US 20 exit Hampshire (?) I also hear that if you're comin down 94 out of Milwaukee, most truckstops through there have'm.
  4. He who is called I am

    He who is called I am Medium Load Member

    Dec 18, 2008
    Da U P Eh, Michigan
    I have seen them online as well. You can find one if you look. Call your safety dept. alot of them have copies.
  5. panhandlepat

    panhandlepat Road Train Member

    Jan 12, 2007
    stay on the :big road" as much as possible. dont! try to take "shortcuts" LOL learned that the hard way, took an hour of backtracking to get around it. just glad i (unlike the swift driver in the other thread) can READ THE SIGNS LOL!

  6. walleye

    walleye Road Train Member

    Aug 21, 2007
    Land of Cheese
    Somewhere I found a list through a City of Chicago website,...I hit print and 80 some pages latter I was using a hole punch and putting it in a three ring binder,...I hope I never have to use
  7. Arthur Dent

    Arthur Dent Light Load Member

    Aug 26, 2008
    Starship Bistromath

    There is a map put out by "American Map" called "Chicago Low Underpass Street Map". I'd provide you the link so you could order the $4.95 map on line, but that would be an infraction of the rules. Though for anyone else, this should give you enough to google. Brinkj23, I note your post is from July, so you've no doubt picked up a copy of this, or another version. May you be well under every overpass you encounter. Drive safe.
  8. brinkj23

    brinkj23 "Asphalt Cowboy"

    Dec 26, 2005
    Yeah thanks for the replies, I picked one up oddly enough at a flying J in Oklahoma City I think. Couldnt find one around the chicago area but luckily I havent had to use it yet been lucky to pick up on the west side and north side of chicago and havent had to go right into the main city.
  9. Dreaman

    Dreaman Medium Load Member

    Sep 18, 2007
    I had a delivery in Chicago a couple of years ago and couldn't pin point it on the Drivers Atlas.
    In the front there was a phone number for low clearances. I called and got a live person who gave me directions to where I was going. Got me right to the door of the place. Try it, it works.:yes2557:
    Baack and lazygecko Thank this.
  10. badcompany

    badcompany Heavy Load Member

    Sep 26, 2008
    gotta watch them tho they will send u down a road with no truck signs on it...

    but they are very good about getting u where your goin
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