Editorial: North Side, South Side: Fixing Chicago’s Lake Shore Drive (War on Cars Watch)

Chicago’s beloved Lake Shore Drive is also the roadway Chicagoans love to shake a fist at. We curse the S-curve at Oak Street Beach that forces motorists to maneuver like Danica Patrick to avoid clanging side mirrors. We fume at the traffic light at Chicago Avenue that inflicts bumper-to-bumper hell on drivers for longer than the intersecting traffic justifies. Anyone who drives the stretch between the Field Museum and McCormick Place knows how to brace for rough pavement that in places feels less like a highway than a forest’s fire trail.