Thanksgiving travel predicted to be busier this year, highlights include busiest time in Chicago area
Hitting the road, the railway, or the airport this Thanksgiving week? Expect more vehicles and longer lines, according to AAA.
AAA projects that 54.3 million Americans will be traveling at least 50 miles or more to see family and chow down on turkey, an increase of 4.8 percent from 2017, making it the busiest Thanksgiving travel week since 2005.
AAA says the worst spot in the Chicagoland area will be from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday on I-94 west between exits 40A to 1. If you’re driving to O’Hare, beware of the trip from downtown Chicago to the airport on Wednesday from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with AAA projecting a peak travel time of 1 hour and 37 minutes for that drive alone.
It’s recommended you get to airports and train and bus stations extra early to allow for longer security lines and potential delays.