I'm am traveling from Waseca Minnesota to New Jersey, and I'd like to know my best option for either totally bypassing Chicago or getting through it w/o hitting 2 hours or more of stop and go traffic. I traveled this route last summer and did not have good luck going either way. I thought I was doing OK hitting the area at 3:00 on the way back, and I didn't get out of Chicago until after 6:00. I have heard that weekends are better. I'm used to city driving, but that was just too much to deal with on such a long trip. What are my best options? PS. I did go right through the city on 90/94. Is 294 that much better? I need help!