Chicago’s Kennedy Expressway Turns 50 is looking back at Kennedy Expressway’s 50 years of history. Opened on November 5th, 1960 and originally named the Northwest Expressway, it was renamed to honor President John F. Kennedy as week aster he was assassinated in 1963. During Kennedy’s visits, hundreds of thousands lined the route to watch his motorcades. The expressway costs $232.3 million dollars to construct and spans 16 miles wide and 400 feet wide.

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