Illinois Route 50
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Illinois Route 50

Illinois Route 50 marker

Illinois Route 50
Governors Highway
Cicero Avenue (Mandela Road)
IL 50 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT and CDOT
Length66.49 mi[2] (107.01 km)
Major junctions
South end / in Kankakee
  in Bradley
in Matteson
in Oak Forest

in Alsip
/ in Oak Lawn
in Chicago

/ in Chicago
in Chicago
in Chicago
North end in Skokie
CountiesKankakee, Will, Cook
Highway system

Illinois Route 50 (IL 50) is a 66.49-mile-long (107.01 km) north-south state road in northeastern Illinois. It runs from the junction with U.S. Route 45 (US 45) in West Kankakee north to US 41 in Skokie.[2] In Chicago and the suburbs it's known as Cicero Avenue. Before this, Cicero Avenue was previously known as 48th Avenue, owing to its City of Chicago address of 4800 West.[3]

Route description

IL 50 begins in Kankakee at an intersection with Southeast Avenue (US 45/US 52) and heads north as Schuyler Avenue. The four-lane road crosses the Kankakee River and then turns east onto East River Street before turning north onto a one-way pair of Harrison Avenue northbound and Indiana Avenue southbound. While on this one-way pair, IL 50 crosses two railroads, then turns east onto Fair Street and crosses a third. After crossing the railroads, the roadway curves in a northerly direction and becomes Hobbie Avenue before it enters Bradley.[4]

In Bradley, the road is known as Kinzie Avenue, and it continues due north, meeting a diamond interchange with Interstate 57 (I-57), then leaving the city. North of the city, IL 50 begins to parallel a railroad. It bends to the northeast, crosses the southern branch of Rock Creek, and passes through Manteno. Northeast of Manteno, the highway leaves Kankakee County and crosses into Will County. Still paralleling the railroad and I-57, IL 50 passes through Peotone and heads toward Monee. In Monee, the route dips to the north and crosses the railroad, then crosses into University Park. Here the route is known as Governors Highway. It curves north before leaving the city and Will County, crossing into urban Cook County.[4]

Upon crossing into Cook County, IL 50 enters Richton Park. From here northward the road is known as Cicero Avenue. It passes straight through Richton Park and into Matteson. In Matteson, IL 50 meets Lincoln Highway (US 30). The route then continues due north through the remainder of Matteson, through the Southern Green Belt Forest Preserve, and into Country Club Hills. Continuing north through Country Club Hills, IL 50 crosses under I-80, then under I-57, without access to either highway. Just north of I-57, IL 50 curves slightly to the northwest, leaves Country Club Hills and enters Oak Forest. The route continues northward in Oak Forest, intersecting 159th Street (US 6). North of the US 6 intersection, the highway crosses into Midlothian, where it intersects IL 83 south at 149th Street.[4]

IL 50 northbound at the Pink Line, with a train approaching

IL 50 and IL 83 head north and enter Crestwood. In the northern part of this city, IL 83 splits off to the northwest at an intersection with Cal Sag Road, while IL 50 continues heading north and crosses the Little Calumet River into Alsip. Here, the highway shares an interchange with I-294 (Tri-State Tollway), then continues due north into Oak Lawn. In Oak Lawn, IL 50 meets US 12 and US 20 at 95th Street, then continues north and leaves the city. Around 79th street, It begins to parallel Illinois Route 171 and Illinois Route 43 to the west. It parallels Illinois 171 until its terminus at Illinois Route 72 and Illinois Route 43 for the duration of the route. Continuing north, the highway enters Chicago entirely and serves Chicago Midway International Airport, then meets I-55 (Stevenson Expressway) at a diamond interchange.[4]

North of the interchange with I-55, IL 50 crosses the Chicago Ship and Sanitary Canal, leaving Chicago and entering Cicero. The route re-enters Chicago a short distance later, meeting I-290 (Dwight D. Eisenhower Expressway) just north of the boundary. Heading north through the western portion of the city, the highway intersects IL 64 and IL 19 before crossing under I-90 (Kennedy Expressway) without access. Continuing north, IL 50 meets I-94 (Edens Expressway) at an interchange in which IL 50 has no access to I-94, and only traffic travelling eastbound on I-94 can access IL 50 southbound. The route then crosses the north branch of the Chicago River and intersects US 14 at Peterson Avenue. North of this intersection, the highway leaves Chicago and passes through Lincolnwood. It then continues north to its northern terminus at Lincoln Avenue (US 41) in Skokie.[4]

Major intersections

KankakeeKankakee0.00.0 / (Southeast Avenue / Schuyler Avenue)Southern terminus
1.42.3 (Court Street)
Bourbonnais5.18.2 - Champaign, ChicagoI-57 exit 315
CookMatteson29.848.0 /
Oak Forest36.658.9 (159th Street)
Midlothian38.161.3 south (147th Street)South end of IL 83 concurrency
Alsip40.665.3 north (127th Street)North end of IL 83 concurrency
(Tri-State Tollway) - Wisconsin, Indiana
I-294 exit 12; access to southbound I-294 via 127th street
Oak Lawn44.771.9 / (95th Street)
Chicago49.279.2Chicago Midway International AirportInterchange
51.482.7 (Stevenson Expressway) - Chicago, St. LouisI-55 exit 286
Cicero53.285.6 (Ogden Avenue) to 26th StreetInterchange
west / west (Eisenhower Expressway)
I-290 exit 24B; no direct access from or to I-290 east/IL 110 east
57.893.0 (North Avenue)
60.897.8 (Irving Park Road) / Milwaukee Avenue
62.7100.9 east (Edens Expressway)I-94 exit 41C; southbound entrance only
63.3101.9 (Caldwell Avenue / Peterson Avenue) to
Skokie66.49107.01 (Skokie Boulevard / Lincoln Avenue)Northern terminus
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ Carlson, Rick. (March 15, 2006). "Routes 41 thru 60". Illinois State Highways Page. Retrieved 2006.[unreliable source]
  2. ^ a b Staff (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Illinois Technology Transfer Center. Retrieved 2007.
  3. ^ Talbot's Industry and Work Map (Map). c. 1:25,000. Cartography by E. H. Talbot. E. H. Talbot. c. 1904. Retrieved 2011.
  4. ^ a b c d e Google (December 31, 2013). "Illinois Route 50" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ Google Maps, [1]

External links

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