Big city driving can be a doozy, especially for newcomers. Your head basically has to be on a swivel to watch out for buses, bicyclists, crazy drivers, and everything in between. But there are a few of the worst intersections in Chicago that are particularly stressful. Check out this roundup and try to keep your cool next time you’re cruising through one of these locations.
Cicero and I-55
Catching a flight? This intersection sees an influx of travelers heading to and from Midway International Airport. Be sure to follow traffic laws when passing through—this location is home to one of the most profitable red light cameras in the city. Lovely!
Belmont and Kedzie
Ah yes, the dreadful intersection located under the Kennedy underpass. It’s horrible for drivers thanks to limited visibility and has been compared to a blackhole. Vehicles enter and exit the expressway seemingly out of nowhere. Keep your eyes peeled through this one, folks.
Western Avenue at Peterson Avenue
Pop quiz: what do you get when you mix several lanes of traffic on a major road with busy car dealerships? Answer: A really crappy intersection. When passing through town here, watch out for brake lights and careless drivers.
Stony Island and South Chicago
White knuckles, anyone? This intersection is quite dangerous due to the fact that six lanes meet the 79th avenue at a diagonal intersection. There’s also the link to the Chicago Skyway so you’ve got an added layer of dubious out-of-towners. Drive with caution!
Irving Park, Cicero, and Milwaukee
Whether you’re walking, biking, or driving, this 6-point intersection just plain sucks. Maybe it’s the bustling shopping centers or the weird side streets. Whatever it is, just take it nice and easy through this area and try not to panic.
North, Damen and Milwaukee
And Wicker Park’s award for worst intersection goes to…Damen and Milwaukee! Here’s why: lots of (un)cool kids that can’t be bothered to use the crosswalks. The 6-point, “oh shit what do I do here” exchange. PSA: slow down, don’t be a dick, and you’ll be fine.
Lincoln and Clark
Let’s face it: diagonal roads are hard. For everyone. Drivers, bicyclists, rollerbladers, scooterists, you get it. Lincoln and Clark is notorious for having too much traffic and no bike lanes makes it even more dangerous for those on two-wheels.
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