Pole Marking/Location Identifiers

The Office of Emergency Management and Communications (OEMC) Pole Marking/location identifier project was initiated in 2009 through a combined effort of various City agencies. Signs are posted on light poles in locations along the Chicago Lakefront, Grant Park streets and south Lake Shore Drive where addresses may not be available.

  •  The light poles in selected areas of the City are fitted with from one (1) to three (3) aluminum powder coated green signs (color similar to a Chicago street sign) with white characters listed vertically.
  • Letter and number combinations are used to identify locations
    • For instance, a sign listing the characters ‘M300’ would be located at 300 E. Monroe and ‘LSD5132S would be at 5132 S. Lake Shore Drive
  • This signage serves as visual aids for the purposes of location identification by either a citizen or a first responder.
  • This pole number information has also been entered into the 911’s computer aided dispatch system (CAD) which allows OEMC call takers and dispatchers to automatically associate each location with an approximate address or location.
  • It allows for an even more expeditious response by emergency personnel to incidents during the various events held throughout the year.
  • Four sites are marked:
    • Grant Park Area
      •  This area includes the streets bounded by:
        • Columbus – Roosevelt to Randolph
        • Balbo – Michigan to LSD
        • Congress Parkway – Michigan to Columbus
        • Jackson – Michigan to LSD
        • Monroe – Columbus to LSD  
    • Lakefront – Two (2) Sites
      •Area on the lakefront path from Oak Street to Fullerton Ave.
      •Area on lakefront and inner path from Montrose to Foster. This also includes the Montrose Harbor Area (this location includes two beach towers that have been marked)
    •  Lake Shore Drive – 6600 South to 3900 South
      •Light poles on the drive are marked
      •Upcoming phases will encompass the rest of Lake Shore Drive to 5700 North
  •  This signage is utilized for various events such as the Taste of Chicago, Lollapalooza, The Chicago Marathon and the Air and Water Show and has proven to be essential components to the public safety plans.
  • Seventeen (17) naming labels are used for the pole marking / location identifiers.




 E. Balbo Drive  B
 S. & N. Columbus Drive
(North signage end with “N”)
 E. Congress Parkway   CP
 E. Jackson  J
 E. Monroe  M
 Lakefront North  LN
 North Avenue Boat House  BH
 W. Montrose Drive  MD
 Montrose Harbor Drive  MHD
N. Simonds Drive SD
N. Lawrence Wilson Drive  LWD
W. Wilson Drive WD
W. Lawrence Drive LD
W. Foster Drive FD
Lakefront North Path LNP
Montrose Beach MB

Lake Shore Drive
(South signage ends with “S”)





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