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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, which 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

July 2014

Over 330 people attended the second North Lake Shore Drive public meeting on July 8th, which was held at The Drake Hotel. Members of the public were able to review exhibits, watch a PowerPoint presentation, and sketch ideas on how to improve North Lake Shore Drive. Participants were able to sketch, write or use an online mapping application to convey their thoughts.

Public meeting materials are provided here.

You can still submit your comment or improvement idea by going to the Contact Us page.



April 2014

MAPPING APPLICATION
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.

If you encounter any problems with this site, please email: mapquestions@northlakeshoredrive.org.



March 2014

TASK FORCE MEETINGS
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.


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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