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Chicago Getting Bigger As Lakeshore Expands 5.8 Acres at Fullerton

By Alex Nitkin | August 24, 2015 2:46pm | Updated on August 25, 2015 8:42am

LINCOLN PARK — Workers have laid ground around the edges of the Fullerton Revetment Project, an extension of the park that will jut out into the lake near Fullerton Avenue.

The added landfill will bring 5.8 acres of new land to the park, opening room to lay separate tracks for pedestrians and cyclists for 600 feet

The Army Corps of Engineers has laid out most of the seawall around the perimeter, giving a sense of how far the addition will reach into the lake.

Some users of the lakefront trail said the change was long overdue.

"It definitely gets really crowded around here, depending on the time of day," said Jacob Levee, a cyclist who lives in Uptown.

Levee said he hadn't heard of the revetment project, but thought it was a good idea. 

"It would be safe if people actually slowed down where the signs tell them to, but no one ever does," Levee said.

In late July, officials said the project is expected to cost $31.5 million, which will be split between the Army Corps of Engineers, the city and the Park District. It is planned to be finished by Nov. 30, although landscaping in the park area won't be done until summer 2016.


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