Lakeshore “Drive”

What would it be like to cross Lakeshore Drive as easily as you cross Humboldt Boulevard? How about allocating bus-only lanes in the existing right-of-way? We know there are trolley and streetcar fans reading this- could they play a role in a new vision for Lakeshore Drive? Personally I’d like to see a land allocated for my dream beachside outpost of Xoco combined with a Divvy station and a sassy northside boardwalk from Belmont to Hollywood.

The “Redefine The Drive” project is hosting public open houses as they begin the process to redesign north Lakeshore Drive from Grand to Hollywood.  Active Trans and 15 regional organizations have put forth a vision for North Lakeshore Drive that puts together many progressive planning ideas for CDOT and IDOT.  In their own words: “Rather than reinforce the slow shift toward a superhighway, we urge 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.”

Bike Uptowners will be at Wednesday’s public meeting at Truman College and we’d love to say hi.


Gill Park
825 W. Sheridan Road,
3rd Floor
Tuesday, August 6, 2013
Open House: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Truman College
1145 W. Wilson Avenue, Atrium
Wednesday, August 7, 2013
Open House: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. 

Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum
2340 N. Cannon Drive,
South Gallery
Thursday, August 8, 2013
Open House: 6:00 – 8:00 p.m

About bikeuptown46

I am currently the Communications Director for the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters which represents 33,000 union men and women in three states who swing a hammer for a living. I publsih a magazine, a couple of email newsletters and two websites. I also do videos, webinars, advertisng and public relations. As an avid cyclist I ride a three-wheeled trike 5 to 6 days per week 52 weeks per year which adds up to between 5,000 and 6,000 miles year-round, including daily commutes along Chicago's lakefront ... polar vortexes included. I have never missed a day of work because of Chicago's weather. I am an activist who serves humanitarian and political causes: To advocate for the Sudanese in Illinois who have fled Southern Sudan and Darfur is one of my most rewarding experiences. I work with my son Sean on Sudan presentations at churches and community groups with my Sudanese friends on the problems facing them in Darfur, South Sudan and the United States. My son Sean and I work together on the Abolition Institute which seeks to end slavery in the west African nation of Mauritania. My photography chronicles Chicago's lakefront through my daily rides. My photo website is I just self-published my first photo-book on the history of my Chicago neighborhood: Sweet Home Buena Park. I live about one-half mile north of Wrigley Field in the Buena Park neighborhood.

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