US Army Corps of Engineers
Chicago District

Chicago Shoreline


Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) 1996 and WRDA 1999


This project provides storm damage protection to the Lake Michigan shoreline and, in particular, to Lake Shore Drive, a major transportation artery in the City of Chicago. The existing shoreline structures, built in the early 1900s, have deteriorated and no longer function to protect against storms, flooding and erosion. Construction features of the project include: Reach 2 - steel sheet pile and concrete stair-step revetment from Wilson Avenue to Fullerton Ave; Reach 2F - beach nourishment with attached breakwater at Fullerton Ave; Reach 3 - steel sheet pile and concrete stair-step revetment at Solidarity Drive; Reach 4 - steel sheet pile and concrete stair-step revetment between 23rd and 57th Streets, with beach stabilization at 31st and 40th Streets; Reach 5 - reconstruction of the breakwater at the South Water Purification Plant.

Fullerton Theatre-on-the-Lake Environmental Assessment

Montrose to Irving Environmental Assessment

The contract for Fullerton Theater on the Lake was awarded to Walsh Construction Company on August 29, 2014. Construction is ongoing and is scheduled to complete in December 2015.

The 45th to 51st street (Morgan Shoal) project consists of the reconstruction of 4,460 linear feet of shoreline. This segment is currently in design (25% to 75% stage) and will include the construction of rubble revetment, land expansion into the Lake Michigan, and realignment of the lakefront trail. Optimization from the planning charrette process will be incorporated into this design. Contracts on this project are administered by the Chicago Department of Transportation and Chicago Park District. This segment is planned for construction start in 2018.



Project Manager

Jeff Heath

Project Area

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