Sheridan Road is a major north-south thoroughfare running from Diversey Parkway in Chicago north to the Wisconsin/Illinois border and beyond to Racine. Throughout most of its path, it is the biggest north-south artery running closest to Lake Michigan.
From Chicago, it runs north through the wealthy suburbs referred to as the North Shore (including Lake Forest) and then through North Chicago, Waukegan, Zion and Winthrop Harbor. Once in Wisconsin, it goes through Pleasant Prairie, Kenosha and Racine.
It is the suburban extension of Chicago's famed Lake Shore Drive.
It was first promoted by the North Shore Improvement Association in the late 1880s. In 1889, it was named Sheridan Road to honor Union General Philip Henry Sheridan, hero of the Civil War and commander of the U.S. Army during the Indian Wars. He also coordinated efforts to stop tye Great Chicago Fire and its aftermath.
Most of the route had been laid out by 1893 and in 1894 it was extended to Milwaukee. Progress on construction was delayed by battles with some of the communities along the way.