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Why is the Lakefront Trail dark between Fullerton and Diversey?

The Chicago Park Distric aims to light the 18.5-mile path by end of year.

Photograph: Andrew Nawrocki
By John Greenfield |

Q How come there’s lighting on the lakeshore bike path EVERYWHERE except the stretch between Fullerton and a little south of Belmont?—M.B., Lakeview

A Good news: You’ll soon be singing, “Hello lamppost, whatcha knowin’?” This section, from Fullerton Avenue to Diversey Parkway near Theater on the Lake, was the site of a 2003–05 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers seawall-reconstruction project. The federal funding for the rehab didn’t include money for lighting, says Chicago Park District’s Zvezdana Kubat. Her agency is currently working with the Illinois Department of Transportation to secure another federal grant to install 19 new light poles on this stretch by the end of the year, followed by the few other lighting gaps on the 18.5-mile Lakefront Trail. “Now that it’s getting dark earlier, it’s especially important to keep the trail well lit at night,” Kubat says. “Obviously, we want people to be able to see where they’re going.”

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