A Bold Vision for Chicago Lakefront

Below is taken from an email we received from the Active Transport Alliance:


The Active Transport Alliance is part of a coalition of 15 regional organizations that released a civic platform for the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive, calling for a bold vision to better meet the needs of everyone who uses the lakefront.

The platform is based on seven principles and includes a host of recommendations for the Illinois Department of Transportation and Chicago Department of Transportation as they embark on a planning study for the reconstruction of North Lake Shore Drive from Grand to Hollywood avenues.

Rather than reinforce the slow shift toward a superhighway, they are urging Chicagoans to weigh in with your ideas to ensure North Lake Shore Drive serves neighborhood residents, tourists, pedestrians, bicyclists, runners, transit users and park-goers.


Lake Shore Drive Concept


This planning study offers a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to “Redefine the Drive.” For example, would you be excited about adding bus-only lanes and splitting the Lakefront Trail into two paths to separate higher-speed bike traffic from more leisurely uses?

These are the kinds of ideas Chicago must pursue if we want a future for the lakefront that better serves everyone’s needs. Download the civic platform to check out other recommendations for the north lakefront, then take your favorites to the public meetings.

Chicagoans deserve an iconic roadway that’s not just scenic to drive along, but is also an asset for everyone who uses the lakefront. Our lakefront is an important corridor and green space for walking, biking, running and public transportation.

You can expect this conversation about the future of North Lake Shore Drive to last for several years, but as residents of Chicagoland, it’s critical that we do our part to get the project started off in the right direction by clearly asserting our vision for the future of the lakefront. Please join us in speaking up and attending the public meetings!



  • Tuesday, August 6th, 6-8pmBike the Drive Chicago Lake Shore Drive 2012 Brendan Sullivan
    Gill Park
    825 West Sheridan Road, 3rd Floor
  • Wednesday, August 7th, 6-8pm
    Truman College
    1145 West Wilson Avenue, Atrium
  • Thursday, August 8th, 6-8pm
    Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
    2430 North Cannon Drive, South Gallery

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