North Lake Shore Drive Public Meetings

July 23, 2013

The Illinois Department of Transportation and the Chicago Department of Transportation have initiated a study to improve North Lake Shore Drive from Grand Avenue to Hollywood Avenue.

Much of the infrastructure in the North Shore Drive corridor was constructed in the 1930s through the WPA Program. Although the Drive has been repaired and resurfaced many times since initial construction, the bridges and appurtenances have reached the end of their useful lives, and may warrant complete reconstruction or major rehabilitation.

The proposed project involves improvement of seven miles of the 8-lane Lake Shore Drive boulevard, including the 12 highway junctions. Junctions are those locations where major cross streets intersect Lake Shore Drive and access is allowed to and from the Outer Drive. The project will evaluate the condition of the 22 bridges and tunnels along the Outer Drive as well as the operation of the Inner Drive. To satisfy Complete Streets requirements, the study will evaluate mobility and accessibility of non-motorized travel modes along the corridor.

To develop a successful plan to improve the Drive, it will require an extensive outreach program that generates creative community-based ideas that address user needs and respect the values and character of neighborhoods, yet fits within a complex implementation process. Achieving a balance between the original vision of a park boulevard and the realities of today's travel demand will be critical.

Please attend one of the upcoming meetings as we embark on this important study to tell us how you use North Lake Shore Drive and to share ideas.

For more information about the study to "Redefine The Drive," visit the project's website at

Gill Park -- Tuesday, August 6th
825 W. Sheridan Road, 3rd Floor
Open House: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Truman College -- Wednesday, August 7th
1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Atrium
Open House: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum -- Thursday, August 8th
2430 N. Cannon Drive, South Gallery
Open House: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

These meetings will be accessible to handicapped individuals. Anyone needing special assistance should contact info@ or (312) 561-3140. Persons planning to attend who will need a sign language interpreter or other
similar accommodations should notify the Department’s TTY/TTD number 800.526.0844/or 711; TTY users (Spanish)
800.501.0864/or 711; and Telebraille (877) 526-6670 at least five (5) days prior to the meeting.

Additional Information

North Lake Shore Drive