I work on the east side of the loop in chicago and live on the near west side. I could cut across the loop but many times I head south on lake shore drive and hook up with the Dan Ryan back north just to open it up a bit. Lots of on/ off ramps too.
Then some times I'll get a hankering to do it the other way late at nite with no traffic. Heading northbound into the city late at nights with all the buildings lit up in my m3 is absolutely a thrill. I'd put the northbound LSD ride into downtown up there with any vista!