We are heading to Sauk Rapids Mn. We want to be there by July 3rd. We will be leaving on june 30 early morning. That would put us in Chippewa Falls july 1 evening. Just in a little late but still in time for 2011 BMW Firecracker RA International Rally.

We will be leaving from Red Rock Corners to the Wisconsin State Fair Grounds.
Is there a easier or faster way?
Is there an area or time to avoid a route?
How bad is the traffic around Chicago?

Here is the planned route but subject to change.

I have other questions but route planning first.

Looking forward to good BEER (hopefully homebrew because I will need a fix by then) and all the walleye that I can eat.
Thanks for the help