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It is one of the city’s crown jewels, but parts of Lake Shore Drive have not been upgraded since before World War II. A new plan gives parts of the drive a real “wow” factor.

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Joel Weisman and his panel of journalists continue the conversation with the discussion of the extension of south Lake Shore Drive. It will run along the old U.S. Steel site, which will be redeveloped. Watch the web extra video.

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Are you sick of traffic jams and lakefront path congestion on the 7-mile stretch on the north end of Lake Shore Drive? An overhaul of the Drive from Grand Avenue all the way to the end at the Hollywood curve is in the planning phase. Some ideas include reducing driving speeds, easing the Oak Street curve, adding bus-only lanes, relieving traffic pinch points, and improving lakefront access and easing overcrowding on the lakefront path. We have analysis.

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"Rhythm and Views" by Todd Osborne, Tracy Van Duinen & Cynthia Weiss.

We meet the man behind the volunteer organization that beautifies the darkest areas of Chicago.

Lake Shore Drive Toll

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Lake Shore Drive

We have your thoughts on the idea of a toll on Lake Shore Drive when we read some of your viewer mail.

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Chicago City Council

The Mayor has already shot down the idea of a toll booth on Lake Shore Drive. But will any of the other ideas from Chicago's Inspector General to close the city's huge budget hole ever see the light of day -- like taxing suburbanites? Carol Marin and her panel of aldermen take that up.

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