John Byrne and Cynthia Dizikes
February 2, 2011
Chicago’s iconic lakefront boulevard — its snow-swept lanes littered with cars and buses entombed in drifts — emerged Wednesday as the defining image of the blizzard of 2011, a scene of slow-moving chaos amid a fierce storm otherwise handled deftly by millions throughout the region.
While workers struggled to clear vehicles and allow plows to begin unclogging one of the city’s main north-south arteries, many who spent harrowing hours stranded on Lake Shore Drive during the height of the storm lashed out at the city’s decision to keep the road open.
“I feel like someone missed the boat on not closing down Lake Shore Drive before it became a disaster,” said Craig Close, who was stuck on the road for about eight hours as he tried to make it home to Lincoln Square.