Lake Shore Drive (US-41)

Chicago, IllinoisJan 01, 20001 Comments

Lake Shore Drive, around the Field Museum and Soldier Field, the speed limit drops to 35 mph, even though this is a newer, smoother roadway than the sections to the north and south. Most traffic flows safely at 55 mph here, and the Chicago Police are waiting for you behind the curves and overpasses.

WINTER ONLY: The speed limit on North Lake Shore Drive is lowered from 45 mph to 40 mph every winter, supposedly to protect vegetation from salt spray. The horticultural benefit is unproven, but it is a great moneymaker for Da Mayor, as you remember the higher limit last time you drove this same road.

I drive this stretch almost everyday to and from work. I have been trying to stay below 55 (which is tricky), and, until now, always thought that the speed limit was 55mph since that is the speed at which most of the traffic is always going. Apparently, I have had 23 years of good luck.
#1Apr 07, 2010Report Abuse

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