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Need some quick info on place to stop while driving through Chicago

I'm leaving tomorrow morning from Duluth and driving to Cincinnati. I'm spending the night on the road and Rockford, IL is the halfway point. However, because I would REALLY like to avoid Chicago traffic on Monday morning, I'm thinking of going past Rockford and finding some place south of there (towards Gary, where I will then head down 65) to spend the night. Then get up and continue onto my destination on Monday morning.

Can anyway suggest a place between the Schaumburg area and Gary (preferably closer to Gary, although I don't know that want to go that far) that has some decent hotels that are not too far off the interstate? I've driven this route a lot but I usually skip Chicago entirely and detour through Champaign and Bloomington to avoid Chicago traffic. But I figure that since it's Sunday, I'll probably be okay.

Any help will be appreciated - thanks!!!

Posted by
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I would keep going past Gary and hit 65 south. Less than ten miles south you will find the Merrillvile exit -- lots of a wide range of hotels/motels and medium price restaurants. It is decent area.

Posted by
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Thank you, Frank! That sounds like a good plan - I appreciate the quick response!