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CHICAGO — City officials voted Friday to rename a segment of the iconic Lake Shore Drive for the first non-Indigenous permanent settler of Chicago: Jean Baptiste Point DuSable.

DuSable, originally from present-day Haiti, settled near the mouth of the Chicago River in the late 1770s, according to the DuSable Heritage Association. He married a member of the Potawatomie tribe, Kittihawa, and became a prominent trader in the area.

The change Friday renames a 17-mile stretch of the expressway from the North to the South Sides on the outer drive to avoid the changing of hundreds of addresses on the inner drive.

A previous attempt to rename the expressway for DuSable – sponsored by then-Ald. Toni Preckwinkle, who now serves as Cook County Board president – failed in 1993. But in 2019, Ald. David Moore took up the cause again. That year, the city renamed a major parkway for journalist Ida B. Wells.

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