Digging Dirt in the Future DuSable Park

Thirty years after Chicago Mayor Harold Washington named the spit of land along the Chicago River east of Lake Shore Drive DuSable Park, dirt is once again moving to make the vision a reality.

There have been dozens and dozens of ideas floated for the grassy, radioactive nub officially designated Jean Baptiste Pointe.  But the only real action there in the last 15 years was when it was used for construction staging for the failed Chicago Spire.

Radioactive remediation at the future DuSable Park (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel)

Radioactive remediation at the future DuSable Park (Courtesy of Streeterville Spy Joel)

Over the summer we reported that the EPA wrote a seven million dollar check to the Chicago Park District to clean up the radioactivity at the site so that it can be turned into a park.  And the photo above, sent in by Streeterville Spy Joel, shows the check has been cashed and crews are working on the problem.

How long it takes to go from radioactivity to park activity remains to be seen.  That’s because the only access to the property is from the previously mentioned Spire site, which is going to be redeveloped by Related Midwest in a massive project to be announced any minute now.  It’s also located in the middle of the next phase of the Navy Pier Flyover project, and will probably become a staging area once again.

Location: 401 North Lake Shore Drive, Streeterville


Author: Editor

Editor founded the Chicago Architecture Blog in 2003, after a long career in journalism. He can be reached at chicagoarchitectureinfo@gmail.com.

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