Lake Shore Drive renamed in honor of Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

CHICAGO (WLS) – Chicago City Council has approved Lake Shore Drive’s name change in honor of a black man considered by many to be the founder of Chicago.

Lake Shore Drive will now be named Jean Baptiste Point DuSable Lake Shore Drive in honor of Chicago’s first non-Indigenous settler. Lake Shore Drive was kept in the name as a compromise.

“They’re trying to do the same thing they did with the Willis Tower,” Chicago resident Otis Bryant said. “Honestly, everyone will always call it Lake Shore Drive.”

“It’s not so much the weight on my shoulders. It’s these babies I’m fighting for. That’s what it is. These babies and giving them hope when they get out in the car. : Hope. When they get out of the car: unity. “Ald said. David Moore, 17th arrondissement.

“I think it’s moving because there is a fight for a street named after the founder of our city who happens to be black,” Ald said. Sophia King, 4th parish.

“We support everything that celebrates the DuSable heritage,” said Perri Irmer, president and CEO of the DuSable Museum of African American History.

RELATED: Chicago City Council Delays Vote on Lake Shore Drive Name Change to Jean Baptiste Point DuSable

Mayor Lori Lightfoot objected to the plan originally, saying it was too iconic a name associated with Chicago. Instead, she pledged to invest $ 40 million to build a park, rename part of the Riverwalk, and install statues in honor of DuSable.

But city councilors behind the push were able to negotiate a deal with the backing of the mayor and won enough votes to approve the name change. Now the mayor is ready to move forward.

“During this time when the council talked about renaming the roads and signs, no babies were fed and no workers found jobs,” Lightfoot said. “We have high priorities in this city, particularly as it emerges from a pandemic.”

There were still some oppositions and counter-proposals to rename Millennium Park to DuSable.

“Renaming the first park in downtown Chicago and adding a statue or other monument to it there, in my opinion, goes way beyond the honor and recognition it would be given by renaming Lake Shore Drive,” Ald said. . Brian Hopkins, 2nd room.

“The city has done a lot to recognize Mr. DuSable,” Ald said. Brendan O’Reilly, 42nd arrondissement. “We have a bridge named after him, the Michigan Avenue Bridge, which I named. We have a downtown port named after Mr. DuSable. We have a high school, we have a museum, and we’ll have a park soon too. “

The city council also approved the lawyer for the company Lightfoot, Celia Meza, and an order banning the sale of alcohol after midnight, which takes effect immediately.

Copyright © 2021 WLS-TV. All rights reserved.


Comments are closed.