Could Chicago's Lake Shore Drive Get a Complete Street Makeover?

As the State of Illinois and City of Chicago begin envisioning the future of North Lake Shore Drive, a coalition of 15 local advocacy groups have put forth a plan to return the artery to the original vision put forth by Daniel Burnham.

"State and city transportation officials Tuesday kick off three days of public hearings on how to overhaul North Lake Shore Drive, but a coalition of 15 civic groups has already proposed a dramatic reworking of Chicago’s famous scenic drive," reports Rosalind Rossi. 

"The 'Our Lakefront' plan would reduce the speed limit from Grand Avenue to Hollywood from 40 to 35 mph; create bus-only or high-speed-rail lanes; construct a nearby lane for high-speed bicylists; reduce parking and add greenery."

"Lake Shore Drive was originally designed as 'a boulevard. It was a pleasure drive early on,’' said Lee Crandell of the Active Transportation Alliance, among the 15 groups that helped to write the 'Our Lakefront' plan."

“It’s slowly turned into a freeway,’’ Crandell said. “We want it to feel like a boulevard.’’

Full Story: Lake Shore Drive proposal: 35 mph speed limit, lanes for bikes, buses, trains


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