Proposal Would Rename Chicago's Lake Shore Drive For DuSable

Andy Dahn
October 17, 2019 - 6:27 pm
Jean-Baptiste Pointe DuSable

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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) -- Chicago's most famous roadway's name would be changed to honor the city’s founder, if some aldermen get their way.

Ald. David Moore, 17th Ward, said the idea took flight during a recent boat tour through Chicago.

"They mentioned every architect and individual that had something to do with this city, but Jean Baptiste Point du Sable's name wasn't mentioned at all," he said. "That infuriated me."

So much so that he's proposed renaming Lake Shore Drive "Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Drive."

"We don't necessarily have to change the street where there are addresses and homes. Changing the outer drive itself would be a great compromise,” he said.

Moore is focusing on the 17-mile stretch from Hollywood Boulevard to south of 71st Street.

"If our residents don't even know what has Du Sable's name on it, our tourists definitely won't know," Moore said. "This would help with that and it could spark educational conversation among our students and other communities."

He said honoring DuSable, believed to be the first non-native settler to the city, has already received positive feedback from residents.

DuSable was of African and French ancestry.