The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT) recently released information on the beginning of a planning process named "Refine the Drive" to redesign the northern portion of Lake Shore Drive from Hollywood Avenue to Grand Avenue.

Public meetings were held in August to identify stakeholder groups and garner input from the community to solve issues such as safety, better lakefront access, additional lakefront trails, new underpasses, tunnels, bridges and more.

Bold ideas such as expanding the shoreline and park south of North Avenue Beach to Ohio Street, and softening the Drive's Oak Street curve are also being considered.  The planning portion of the project is expected to take three years.

 - post from the Chicago Tribute


COS plans to provide comments regarding the plan's potential impact to bird habitat and bird watching areas.