Are you thinking of a Lake Shore Drive Home? Lake Shore Drive, also known as The Drive or LSD, is an expressway that runs along the shoreline of Lake Michigan for nearly 16 full miles. The sweeping freeway showcases the best of Chicago, running through as many as 15 neighborhoods from Hollywood Avenue in Edgewater to Jeffery Drive in Woodlawn. The neighborhoods in between include: Uptown, Buena Park, Lakeview East, Lincoln Park, Gold Coast, Streeterville, The Loop, Oakland, Kenwood and Hyde Park.
There are many stories about how Lake Shore Drive was conceived, however, the most popular story is the one that includes Potter Palmer. In 1899, Mr. Palmer started The Drive when he requested a street renovation in front of his mansion at 1350 N. Lake Shore Drive. Thus, the campaign for a lakeside major roadway began. At the time, Palmer had a taboo idea to build a sea wall out into The Lake and have a strip of land filled, according to the Chicago Tribune.
When Lake Shore Drive was first built, predominantly only elite “society” members strolled down it. But Montgomery Ward, creator of the mail-order industry, fought numerous lawsuits to keep the lakefront “forever open, clear and free.” Thanks to him, today we have beaches and parks all along LSD, as opposed to warehouses piers and industries.
It is a luxury to live along Lake Shore Drive because it offers unrivaled, spectacular lakefront views of Chicago beyond that of the skyscrapers. Most of the properties along the shoreline sell quickly, so if you’re going to buy don’t wait!