Reconstruction Puts Crumbling, Shadowy Chicago Thoroughfare in the Spotlight - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

11/24/02

Reconstruction Puts Crumbling, Shadowy Chicago Thoroughfare in the Spotlight

It's a Chicago classic and one of its best-kept secrets, but that's about to change. Lower Wacker Drive is reopening after a two-year facelift.

It's been home to vagrants, large rodents and a support column in the middle of the road. If you saw "The Blues Brothers," you'd recognize it from the famous chase scene. It was also popular with cab drivers and delivery trucks and Chicagoans who wanted to avoid the gridlock above.

The new Lower Wacker has better lighting and a new lane for delivery drivers turning off to the loading docks for the 57 high-rise buildings along the drive. It's also got easier-to-navigate corners.

And that column in the middle of the lane is gone. And so, fears one cab driver, are the days when cabbies had the shortcut to themselves.

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