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The Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) have begun a study to improve North Lake Shore Drive. The study encompasses the area between Grand Avenue and Hollywood Avenue along North Lake Shore Drive. Google map here.

More than one hundred years ago, architect and planner Daniel Burnham inspired Chicago to “Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men’s blood” and this grand vision inspired the public lakefront, and Lake Shore Drive, we enjoy today. The North Lake Shore Drive Study offers a rare opportunity to continue to enhance North Lake Shore Drive.

The citizens of Chicago and all regional users will have the chance to provide input on how they use the Drive and how we can meet travel demands of all users in the corridor.

Help us redefine North Lake Shore Drive!

Latest News

April 2014

The Project Team has launched a mapping application to allow you to provide ideas on how to improve North Lake Shore Drive. Solutions should address the project needs outlined in the draft Purpose & Need Statement.

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March 2014

The seven NLSD Task Forces met in early February. Each task force group received the same presentation covering the project process, the first round of task force meetings, the draft Problem Statement and the Purpose & Need outline. Participants had an opportunity to provide feedback on the draft Problem Statement in an open discussion format. After the Purpose & Need Statement outline was presented participants were asked to work with a facilitator & note-taker in small previously-assigned breakout groups to provide their input. After the breakout sessions, the note-taker reported out the information from each group. The meeting concluded with an update on next steps and final questions were addressed. To learn more about the Task Forces and review the meeting materials, click here.

September 2013

Over 430 members of the public attended one of three public meetings held at Gill Park, Truman College and the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum in early August. During the meetings, people watched a PowerPoint presentation, filled out comment forms, shared what they enjoy most about the drive and their ideas for improvements. More than 300 public comments in various formats were received. You can review all these documents on the Public Meetings page.
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  • 1935 – Looking north along Lake Shore Drive at Belmont Avenue
    © Chicago Park District Special Collections

  • 1930s – Ohio Street Beach
    © Chicago Park District Special Collections

  • 1942 – Looking south along Lake Shore Drive at Belmont Avenue
    © Chicago Park District Special Collections

  • Lakefront during the early 20th Century
    © Chicago Park District Special Collections

  • 2012 – Looking south from the Passerelle Bridge north of LaSalle Drive

  • 2009 – Aerial view looking west near Navy Pier
    © Photography by Brian Fritz

  • 2009 – Aerial view looking northwest near Montrose Avenue
    © Photography by Brian Fritz

  • 2013 – Northbound Belmont Avenue exit ramp during evening rush hour.

  • 2012 – Looking southeast at Buena Avenue pedestrian underpass

  • 2012 – Looking north along Lakefront Trail at Chicago Avenue