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Chicago Among Nation’s Worst Cities for Thanksgiving Travel

by Peter Thomas Ricci

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According to Google Maps data, Chicago is one of the worst cities in the country for Thanksgiving travel.

Out of 21 cities that Google investigated, Chicago came in at No. 7, with long-time traffic haven Los Angeles on top.

Here is Google’s complete ranking:

  1. Los Angeles
  2. Washington, D.C.
  3. San Francisco
  4. Philadelphia
  5. Dallas
  6. New York City
  7. Chicago
  8. Houston
  9. Austin
  10. Miami
  11. Tampa
  12. Denver
  13. Portland, Ore.
  14. Charlotte, N.C.
  15. Seattle
  16. Detroit
  17. Boston
  18. Pittsburgh
  19. St. Louis
  20. Honolulu
  21. Providence, R.I.

Wednesday afternoon, Google reported, will see the heaviest traffic, with congestion particularly bad between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Traffic is also heavy on Saturday, presumably because of travelers returning home; Sunday traffic, Google found, is 40 percent lighter than Saturday.

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