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Designation: Illinois State Scenic Byway
Designation: National Scenic Byway
Fees: There are no fees to drive the byway.
Length, One-Way: 178 Miles (296.67 Kilometers)
Time: 5-6 hours

General Information

Description - Drive the road that tells the history of transportation. The innovative development of the Lincoln Highway was the prototype of roadways as we know them today. This historic byway follows the original alignment of the Lincoln Highway, the first paved transcontinental highway in the United States and the forefather of the modern Interstate transportation system as it was originally conceived in 1913.

Building a Byway
The 179-mile route crosses the width of Northern Illinois, starting in Lynwood, Illinois, on the Indiana border. The route travels through eight counties and 31 cities to Fulton, Illinois, at the Iowa border. The Illinois portion of the Lincoln Highway, located near the center of the 3,389-mile transcontinental route, was the site of the first "seedling mile" of paved roadway constructed to demonstrate the superiority of pavement over dirt roads. The Lincoln Highway was also the first instance where such transportation principles as directional signs and urban bypasses were employed.

Places Along the Way
Along the route, travelers will enjoy much more than just the road. All along the Lincoln Highway, historic points of interest and recreational activities abound. Be sure to stop at a few of the byway communities to learn what makes each one unique. Travelers may visit a newly constructed windmill, go on a scenic river walk, or visit a bustling downtown area near Chicago. Stops along the way will give travelers an idea of why the Illinois is a favorite sectio of the Historic Lincoln Highway.

Attractions - The Lincoln Highway is known for it's Cultural, Historical, Recreational and Scenic Attractions.

Climate - Illinois experiences four distinct seasons with varying weather throughout the year. Winter can be very cold. The highest humidity of the year occurs during this season averaging 70 to 75 percent. Average low temperatures in January dip to 20 degrees F with highs near 35 degrees F. Spring temperatures are mild with humidity below 70 percent. Temperatures during this season average between 32 and 50 degrees F. Summer is usually hot and humid in this Midwest state. Low temperatures remain in the low sixties with high temperatures near 90 degrees F. The highest rainfall of the year occurs during the summer months. Fall is an excellent time to visit the state with low humidity and rainfall and moderate temperatures.

Location -

Directions from : The Illinois section of the Lincoln Highway begins just south of Chicago on the Illinois/Indiana border. The byway sticks mostly to U.S. 30 and IL 38 as it makes its way west across the state, ending in Fulton, IL, on the Mississippi River. Below is a list of counties that you will pass through as you drive along the Lincoln Highway.

Cook County:
The byway begins at the Cook County, Illinois-Indiana border on U.S. 30. Proceed east through Lynwood to the intersection of U.S. 30 and East Sauk Trail. The roadway follows East Sauk Trail through Sauk Village to South Chicago Heights.

Will County:
Continue on U.S. 30 until you reach Prairie Street in New Lenox. Then follow Prairie Street south to West Haven Road. Follow West Haven Road west to North Cedar Road, and then turn north on North Cedar Road and continue to U.S. 30. When you reach the community of Plainfield, continue on U.S. 30 until you reach 135th Street (Pilcher's Road). The highway follows 135th street west to Heggs Road. Travel north on Heggs Road to 111th Street (Rance Road).

Kendall County:
Continue on 111th street to Harvery Road, then travel Harvery Road north through Oswego. The road rejoins U.S. 30 just south of U.S. 34. The Lincoln Highway then traverses north on U.S. 30 over U.S. 34 to where the roadway becomes Hill Avenue.

Kane County:
Follow Hill Avenue north into Aurora. At the intersection with East Benton Street, the Lincoln Highway follows East Benton Street west to its intersection with State Street. It then continues north on State Street to its intersection with East Downer Place. Follow East Downer place until the intersection with Northbound IL 31 (River Street) on the west side of the Fox River. The highway then follows Northbound IL 31 north to New York Street to its intersection with Southbound IL 31. Continue on IL 31 until you read IL 38 in Geneva. The route then proceeds west on IL 38 in Geneva to Kaneville Road. Travel west on Kaneville Road until you reach Keslinger Road, and then follow Keslinger Road through Elburn to Schrader Road. Continue north on Schrader Road to IL 38.

DeKalb County:
Travel on IL 38 west through Maple Park, DeKalb, and Malta.

Ogle County:
Follow IL 38 to the intersection with Woodlawn Road (East Street) in Creston. Then follow Woodlawn Road south to Cederholm and follow Cederholm west to Main Street. Continue on Main Street south to North Street and follow North Street west to Ridge Street. Travel north on Ridge Street back to Cederholm, and then go west on Cederholm to Beck Street. The road traverses Beck Street north back to IL 38. Continue on IL 38 to the Lincoln Highway in Rochelle. The road follows Lincoln Highway in Rochelle south to Lincoln Avenue, and then it follows Lincoln Avenue west to IL 38.

Lee County:
Follow IL 38 south and west to Ashton and its intersection with Brown Street. The highway traverses Brown Street south to Main Street. Go west on Main Street to South Richardson Avenue, then follow South Richardson Avenue to Track Road. Next, follow Track Road west back to IL 38. Continue on IL 38 west to Elm Street in Franklin Grove, then turn south on Elm Street to Lahman, and then go west on Lahman to Franklin Road. Continue on Franklin Road to Gap Road, and then go west on Gap Road back to IL 38. Continue west on IL 38 through Dixon until you reach the intersection with U.S. 52. Travel north on U.S. 52 (Galena Avenue) to IL 2 (Everett Street), then west on IL 2 to Palmyra Road at the west edge of Dixon. Follow Palmyra Road through Gap Grove and Prairieville back to IL 2.

Whiteside County:
Travel west on IL 2 through Sterling on East 4th Street to IL 40 (1st Avenue). Follow IL 40 north to 5th Street, and then travel on 5th street west to its intersection with Avenue C. The highway then traverses Avenue C south to 4th Street. Travel on 4th Street west until you reach the intersection with Emerson Road. The Lincoln Highway traverses Emerson Road through Emerson to U.S. 30 just west of Agnew. Follow U.S. 30 west through Morrison to its intersection with Union Street, then travel north on Union Street to Harmony Road. The route then traverses Harmony Road west back to its intersection with U.S. 30. Travel west on U.S. 30 to the intersection with IL 136 just east of Fulton, and continue on IL 136 west to IL 84 in Fulton. In Fulton, travel south on IL 84 to the intersection with 16th Avenue. Next, follow 16th Avenue west to its intersection with 15th Avenue. Travel west on 15th Avenue to the intersection with 4th Street, then proceed north on 4th Street until you reach 10th Avenue. Travel west on 10th Avenue to First Street, then travel north on First Street to the intersection with 9th Avenue. Finally, travel on 9th Avenue to the eastern shoreline of the Mississippi River where the byway ends.

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Contact Information:
Lincoln Highway Association, P.O. Box 308 , Franklin Grove, Illinois, 61031, Phone: 1-815-456-3030
, lnchwyhq@essex1.com

Additional Information:
Illinois Scenic Byways - Illinois has five National Scenic Byways: The Lincoln Highway, Illinois' Great River Road, The Ohio River Scenic Route, Illinois' National Road, and the Meeting of the Great Rivers Scenic Route.
Northern Illinois Travel Region -

Scenic Byways Homepage - National Scenic Byways official web site with detailed info on all national and state byways.


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