A contentious two-year push to rename Chicago's Lake Shore Drive after city founder Jean Baptiste Point DuSable resulted in City Council passing the ordinance June 25.
According to The Chicago Tribune, the vote was 33-15, with "no" votes coming from 12 white and three Latino aldermen. (DuSable, who died in 1818, was a Black pioneer trader and founder of the settlement that later became Chicago, according to brittanica.com .)
Mayor Lori Lightfoot opposed Ald. David Moore's initial plan to rebrand the iconic lakefront ribbon of concrete "DuSable Drive" on the grounds it would make the city tougher to market. However, 4th Ward Ald. Sophia King, who co-sponsored the ordinance, said, "It's been argued not to change the name Lake Shore Drive because it's so iconic. I argue just the opposite: Let's rename it BECAUSE it's so iconic."
A school, museum, harbor, park and bridge have been named after DuSablewhich 42nd Ward Ald. Brendan Reilly stated, adding, "I can tell you the feedback I've been getting about the proposed compromise is that it's a very long name, and it could be even more confusing."