Chicago Renames Iconic Road Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive

WBEZChicago, By Becky Vevea, Friday, June 25, 2021

Chicago’s iconic roadway along Lake Michigan will now be called Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive.

Chicago’s City Council approved on Friday the new name, which emerged as a compromise after a months long battle over whether or not to name the iconic thoroughfare after the Black man credited with founding the city.

Opponents of renaming Lake Shore Drive, including Mayor Lori Lightfoot, had worried that it would lead to a nightmare at the post office, with some buildings needing their address changed.

But Ald. David Moore, 17th Ward, sponsored the original ordinance and noted repeatedly that his proposal would only rename the outer portion of Lake Shore Drive, not the inner drive where people live. Ald. Brian Hopkins, 2nd Ward, who voted against the compromise, said there are at least six buildings that would require a name change.

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