2015 Recap: Writer Takes 'Old Chicago Road' Instead of I-94 from Detroit to Chicago

December 27, 2015, 7:41 AM

This Nov. 30 article is the sixth in our set of noteworthy 2015 content, based on readership and editors’ choices. The Top 10 series runs through Dec. 31. Links to earlier installments are at the end.

Freelance writer Mary Chapman describes a memorable ride from Detroit to Chicago.

Instead of zipping along I-94, she does a slow roll along the "Old Chicago Road" -- also known as US 12.  And she does it in style, driving a 2016 Porsche 911 Targa GTS.


Chapman writes in the Chicago Tribune:

Hundreds of years before Interstate 94 became the primary way to travel between Detroit and Chicago, the Great Sauk Trail was the most important Native American path in the Great Lakes region. The route, known as the Old Chicago Road, still connects the two cities, with quaint towns and historic sites along the way.

While early travelers went by foot or covered wagon, my mode of transport was decidedly less modest: a 2016 Porsche 911 Targa GTS — a bonus, to be sure, but just that. After all, interstates have killed most of the classic roads. I was as chuffed to explore the route as I was to drive it.

But what delicious ironic perfection: a new car superstar on a storied path of yore. It felt faintly sacrilegious.

In Detroit, the road starts at Michigan Avenue, near the foot of a downtown that hasn't looked this good in decades. An old plaque on the side of a nearby refurbished hotel memorializes the trail.

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