Chicago Waterfront Restoration

This project, between Diversey and Fullerton Streets, involved the major reconstruction of shoreline and park land for the protection of Lakeshore Drive in Chicago. The existing concrete revetment was in poor condition and restricted or eliminated public access to the Lake Michigan shoreline. Baird planned, designed, and provided construction service for the 1,900 feet of lakefront improvements.

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USACE - Chicago District
Chicago, Illinois
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Chicago, Illinois

Project Highlights

The revetment is designed to withstand open water wave exposure along the coast of Lake Michigan, and allows public access to the immediate water’s edge. The project also included enhanced public recreational facilities and a substantial reduction in the risk of storm damage to infrastructure.


  • Coordination of a multi-disciplinary team for a $15.5 million waterfront improvement project
  • Design of two waterfront bike paths up to 20 ft. in pavement width to accommodate a busy reach of Chicago lakefront
  • Major improvement to reduce flood risks of vital infrastructure

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Project Challenges

  • Maintain public waterfront access during construction.
  • Protect old growth stands of trees in existing park land.
  • Keep the public informed about construction activities and final layout.

Baird Solutions

  • Extensive construction planning and sequencing of work.
  • Inventory of trees and preparation of specifications based on recommendations by arborists.
  • Assisting the client in presenting the project at public meetings resulted in substantial public support for the improvements.

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