Illinois Route 53

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Illinois Route 53

IL 53 highlighted in red
Route information
Maintained by IDOT
Length82.02 mi[1] (132.00 km)
Major junctions
South end I-55 in Gardner
Major intersections
North end IL 83 in Long Grove
CountryUnited States
CountiesGrundy, Will, DuPage, Cook, Lake
Highway system
US 52 US 54

Illinois Route 53 (IL 53) is an arterial north–south state highway in northeast Illinois. IL 53 runs from Main Street west of historic U.S. Route 66 (US 66) in Gardner to IL 83 in Long Grove, a distance of 82.02 miles (132.00 km).[1] It mainly cuts through the western suburbs of Chicago, passes through Bolingbrook, Romeoville, Crest Hill and Joliet, merging into I-55 at Gardner.

Route description

IL 53 begins at the County Road 29 (CR 29) and I-55 interchange and heads east in Gardner. At the first intersection, the route runs along the path of historic US 66 for about 0.3 miles (0.48 km) before making a left and leaving former US 66. The route continues east and loops around Gardner before heading northeast, running parallel with I-55. It crosses over the Mazon River before passing through Braceville and Godley. In Braidwood, the highway intersects IL 113 and runs parallel with IL 129. IL 129 moves away from IL 53 before entering the Hitts Siding Prairie Nature Preserve. IL 53 the crosses over the Kankakee River before intersecting the northern terminus of IL 102 in Wilmington. The route then continues north through the Midewin National Tallgrass Prairie, passing by the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery and the former Joliet Arsenal in Elwood. From Elwood to Joliet, the route follows the old alignment of US 66, becoming concurrent with US 52 for nearly a mile. It also intersects I-80 before separating from US 52 and running concurrently with US 6 entering downtown. At the intersection of US 30, IL 53 separates from US 6 and continues north. It crosses over the Des Plaines River before running concurrently with IL 7 and passing by the Stateville Correctional Center in Crest Hill.

IL 53 and IL 7 southbound

Near Lewis University, IL 7 separates from IL 53. The route passes by Romeoville before interchanging I-55 in Bolingbrook. IL Lisle, the route interchanges US 34 before meeting I-88. It then intersects IL 56 and IL 38 before passing under and running parallel with I-355. West of Addison, it intersects US 20 before passing under I-355 again. Then, it runs parallel with I-290 and intersects IL 19. At Biesterfield Road, the highway then runs concurrently with I-290, intersecting IL 72 and passing over IL 58 before reaching the northern terminus of I-290 at I-90. From there, IL 53 remains as a freeway heading north. It interchanges IL 62, US 14, and US 12 in Palatine. At Lake Cook Road, the freeway ends at a trumpet interchange and IL 53 heads west for about 0.6 miles (0.97 km). It then heads north at the intersection of North Hicks Road. It then heads east through Long Grove and reaches its northern terminus at IL 83.


SBI Route 53 ran from Romeoville to Long Grove on Rohlwing Road and Hicks Road from 1924 to 1963. From 1963 through 1970, it was routed onto a new freeway from Addison to Rolling Meadows and cosigned with I-90 until that was changed to I-290.[citation needed]

In 1967 IL 53 was extended to Gardner, and in 1995 IL 129 was routed onto IL 53 south of Braidwood. This lasted a year until IL 129 was dropped entirely south of Braidwood. Near the northern end, the freeway was extended from Dundee Road to Lake–Cook Road in 1989.[3] In 1990, with the construction of I-355, IL 53 was moved off the I-290/I-355 combination south of Biesterfield Road and back onto its original alignment.

For over 40 years, IL 53 had been at the center of a major dispute regarding a northern extension of its freeway segment into Lake County. The studied corridor ran from the current terminus of the freeway at Lake–Cook Road north to a planned bypass for IL 120 near Grayslake,[4] as part of an earlier plan to build a freeway from Chicago to Madison, Wisconsin.[5] The combined IL 53/IL 120 extension would have formed a large T-shape in the center of Lake County, with the IL 120 bypass carrying through traffic from US 12 to the Tri-State Tollway around Gurnee.[6] The extension was opposed by several organizations, notably the Illinois chapter of the Sierra Club, and many residents of Long Grove, which lies in the path of the highway. The Sierra Club opposed the roadway extension because it would have been routed through wetlands and the group had concerns about suburban sprawl and increased pollution.[7] Due to funding constraints with IDOT, the Illinois General Assembly authorized the Illinois Tollway to plan and construct the IL 53 extension in 1993, and was studied on and off for 25 years.[8] In 2019, the latest study was suspended, effectively cancelling the project.[9]

Major intersections

GrundyGardner0.000.00 I-55 – Bloomington, JolietSouthern terminus; I-55 exit 227; continues west as CR 29

Historic US 66 east
Southern end of Historic US 66 concurrency
Historic US 66 west
Northern end of Historic US 66 concurrency
WillBraidwood8.6013.84 IL 113 (Main Street)
IL 102 east (Water Street)
Western terminus of IL 102
US 52 east (Doris Avenue)
Southern end of US 52 concurrency
28.7046.19 I-80 – Moline, Rock Island, Gary IndianaI-80 exit 132
US 6 / US 52 west (McDonough Street)
Northern end of US 52 concurrency; southern end of US 6 concurrency
US 6 / US 30 east (Jefferson Street) / I&M Canal Passage
Eastbound one-way; northern end of US 6 concurrency; southern end of eastbound I&M Canal Passage concurrency
US 30 west (Cass Street) / I&M Canal Passage
Westbound one-way; southern end of westbound I&M Canal Passage concurrency
JolietCrest Hill
city line
IL 7 south (Theodore Street)
Southern end of IL 7 concurrency
Crest Hill34.9056.17
IL 7 north (Renwick Road, 9th Street) / I&M Canal Passage
Northern end of IL 7 / I&M Canal Passage concurrency

Historic US 66 east (Joliet Road) to I-55 north – Chicago
Northern end of Historic US 66 concurrency
Bolingbrook41.5066.79 I-55 – Chicago, BloomingtonI-55 exit 267
DuPageLisle49.7079.98 US 34 (Ogden Avenue)Interchange

I-88 Toll east / IL 110 (CKC) east (Ronald Reagan Memorial Tollway) – Chicago
I-88 exit 130; access from and to I-88 west/IL 110 west via Warrenville Road
Glen Ellyn52.3084.17 IL 56 (Butterfield Road)
54.3087.39 IL 38 (Roosevelt Road)Access via Pershing Avenue and DuPage Boulevard
Lombard58.2093.66 IL 64 (North Avenue)
Addison61.4098.81 US 20 (Lake Street)
Itasca63.00101.39 IL 19 (Irving Park Road)

IL 390 Toll (Elgin O'Hare Tollway) to I-290
I-Pass only; IL 390 exit 12
CookElk Grove Village65.40105.25
I-290 east – Chicago
Southern end of I-290 concurrency; south end of freeway; I-290 exit 4
Schaumburg68.20109.76 IL 72 (Higgins Road)
69.20111.37 IL 58 (Golf Road)
Rolling Meadows69.70112.17
I-90 Toll (Jane Addams Memorial Tollway) – Chicago, Rockford

I-290 ends
Northern end of I-290 concurrency; western terminus of I-290; I-90 exit 68
70.00112.65 IL 62 (Algonquin Road)
71.40114.91Kirchoff RoadNorthbound exit and southbound entrance
71.80115.55Euclid Avenue
Rolling MeadowsPalatine
village line
72.90117.32 US 14 (Northwest Highway)
PalatineArlington Heights
village line
74.00119.09Palatine Road
75.30121.18 US 12 (Rand Road)Northbound exit and southbound entrance
IL 68 east (Dundee Road)
Southern end of IL 68 concurrency; north end of freeway

US 12 east (Rand Road) / IL 68 west (Dundee Road)
Northern end of IL 68 concurrency; southern end of US 12 concurrency
US 12 west (Rand Road)
Northern end of US 12 concurrency
LakeLong Grove81.82131.68 IL 83 (McHenry Road)Northern terminus of IL 53
1.000 mi = 1.609 km; 1.000 km = 0.621 mi


  1. ^ a b Illinois Technology Transfer Center (2006). "T2 GIS Data". Illinois Department of Transportation. Retrieved November 8, 2007.
  2. ^ Carlson, Rick (March 15, 2006). "Routes 41 thru 60". Illinois State Highways Page. Retrieved March 23, 2006.
  3. ^ Springfield Bureau (May 26, 1988). "Expressway Projects on the List for Chicago Area". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved June 25, 2008.
  4. ^ Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Proposed Alignment for IL Route 53/120 North Extension (PDF) (Map). Illinois State Toll Highway Authority. Archived from the original (PDF) on March 4, 2016. Retrieved May 18, 2012.
  5. ^ Foust, Hal (November 26, 1956). "U.S. Rejects Freeway Project to Madison". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved March 16, 2023.
  6. ^ Rt. 53 North Extension Lake County (Map). Retrieved May 19, 2015.[full citation needed]
  7. ^ "Guide to Route 53 Extension (FAP 342)". Illinois Sierra Club. Archived from the original on May 17, 2008. Retrieved April 11, 2006.
  8. ^ Ibata, David (August 28, 1993). "Tollway Agency, IDOT to Share Planning for Illinois 53 Extension". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved January 24, 2015.
  9. ^ "As tollway ends Route 53 extension study, now the question: Do what with that Lake County land?". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, IL. July 12, 2019. Retrieved 12 July 2019.
  10. ^ Google (February 18, 2017). "Overview Map of IL 53" (Map). Google Maps. Google. Retrieved February 18, 2017.

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