Museums may need to change addresses if Outer Lake Shore Drive is renamed DuSable: Officials | Chicago News

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(WTTW News)

No residence would need to change addresses if the exterior of Lake Shore Drive were renamed DuSable Drive, but the Field Museum, Shedd Aquarium, Adler Planetarium and Museum of Science and Industry would, according to an analysis by the Chicago Department of Transportation which was shared with Aldermen.

The analysis surfaced as part of a series of emails between Ald. Sophia King (4th Ward) and Ald. Brian Hopkins (2nd Ward) after Wednesday’s cacophonous City Council meeting. King, a major sponsor of the campaign to honor Jean Baptiste Point DuSable, Chicago’s first non-Native permanent settler, asked Hopkins why he used a parliamentary maneuver to block a vote on the controversial measure.

Hopkins told WTTW News he joined Ald. Ariel Reboyras (30th Ward) for preventing a vote on Wednesday because he was inundated with complaints from residents of seven buildings – 505 N. Lake Shore Drive, 500 N. Lake Shore Drive, 520-30 N. Lake Shore Drive, 474 N. Lake Shore Drive, 600 N. Lake Shore Drive, and 400 N. Lake Shore Drive – who don’t want their addresses changed, requiring them to change legal documents and get new government-issued IDs .

“There is no indoor drive at this point, so all of these buildings appear to be directly impacted by any renaming of Outer Drive,” Hopkins said.

But an analysis by Chicago Department of Transportation’s Public Roads Unit Director Bill Higgins found that no residences would be affected by the proposed name change.

“I am unsure of CDOT’s statement that these buildings do not have to change addresses. If your address is on a street and the street name changes, do you just ignore the change? Is this what is suggested? said Hopkins.

Residents of those buildings shared “widespread and vehement” objections to the name change, Hopkins said.

While these buildings are unaffected by the DuSable Drive change, four of Chicago’s museums are expected to change addresses, along with McCormick Place and six park district owned-and-operated facilities, including DuSable Harbor at 111 N. Shore Drive, according to CDOT analysis.

A spokesperson for CDOT Commissioner Gia Biagi did not respond to a request for clarification on Higgins’ analysis.

The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, which operates McCormick Place, declined to comment on the potential address change in response to a request from WTTW News, as did the Field Museum. Representatives of the Museum of Science and Industry and the Adler Planetarium did not respond to a request for comment.

However, before the city council’s transportation committee considered the proposal to rename Lake Shore Drive in a rowdy hearing in April, museum officials were told their four addresses were grandfathered when Lake Shore Drive was was redirected decades ago to reduce accidents, sources told WTTW News.

That would put the Shedd Aquarium and Adler Planetarium on Solidarity Drive, the Field Museum on McFetridge Drive and the Museum of Science and Industry on 57th Street, sources said.

That leaves museum officials unsure what the name change would mean to them, sources said.

However, Andrea Rodgers, Shedd Aquarium’s senior vice president of external affairs and marketing, said a change of address would incur a significant cost that the Shedd would struggle to cover after the COVID-19 pandemic caused it. forced to close to visitors for a lot. of the past year.

“We are disappointed that there was no clear process for obtaining information or providing feedback,” Rodgers told WTTW News. “Following devastating financial losses and business disruption caused by a pandemic, a name change of any kind will require significant economic investment and personnel resources, further straining our organization at a very difficult time. This includes, but is not limited to, changes to hundreds of legal documents. »

King and Aldus. David Moore (17th Ward), the proposal’s lead sponsor, has repeatedly said that limiting change outside of Lake Shore Drive would only force ports to change addresses.

The name change push was complicated by the fact that the exterior of Lake Shore Drive is not defined in city code. The proposed ordinance would rename 17 miles between Hollywood Avenue in Edgewater and 67th Street in Woodlawn.

After Wednesday’s city council meeting, Lightfoot said Lake Shore Drive is an “iconic” name that should be preserved altogether.

“When you say Lake Shore Drive, people know you’re talking about Chicago,” Lightfoot said. “And I think that’s very important.”

Lightfoot also acknowledged that it was “far past the time as a city to take formal action to formally take action to recognize, on a permanent basis, the incredibly important role DuSable played in the founding of the city. “.

Lightfoot renewed that effort Thursday by again proposing that a better way to honor DuSable and his wife, Kitihawa, a member of the Potawatomi tribe, would be to complete the long-delayed DuSable Park along the lake and connect it to a Riverwalk renamed in DuSable’s honor. Three statues would mark the path, Lightfoot said.

When Lightfoot first made this proposal, it was ignored by the aldermen and dismissed by Moore as irrelevant to the Lake Shore Drive renaming discussion.

The city will also host an annual DuSable Festival to celebrate the legacy of DuSable and Kitihawa, Lightfoot proposed.

Lightfoot said it would cost $40 million, including $10 million from Related Midwest for the long-delayed completion of DuSable Park on a 3.3-acre peninsula adjacent to the planned towers. Former Mayor Harold Washington proposed creating the park in DuSable’s honor.

The related Midwest accepted this contribution as part of the agreement with the city to build two 1,100-unit towers along the Ogden Slip west of Lake Shore Drive. The two towers would rise to 875 feet and 765 feet – a far cry from the original site plan, which called for the Spire to be the tallest building in the United States and the third tallest in the world.

The city’s contribution would come from “a variety of sources, including but not limited to open space impact fees, the capital plan, and the city’s corporate budget,” Asha said. Binbek, spokesperson for Lightfoot.

Contact Heather Cherone: @HeatherCherone | (773) 569-1863 | [email protected]


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