Weather Updates

Database up for drivers to find towed cars

Updated: February 3, 2011 11:52PM

Both the northbound and southbound lanes are open Thursday morning along the entire length of of Lake Shore Drive, police said.

Both the northbound and southbound sections of Lake Shore Drive were opened as of 5:30 a.m., according to police News Affairs.

Lake Shore Drive was shut down shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday following numerous traffic crashes in the northbound lanes.

Hundreds of drivers and CTA passengers were stranded for up to 12 hours on Lake Shore Drive overnight Tuesday into Wednesday after a perfect storm of white-out conditions, howling wind gusts and a slew of vehicle accidents turned one of the city’s main arteries into a car graveyard.

Owners of vehicles towed off of Lake Shore Drive can go to and click on “Alerts” at near the top of the page to access a list showing where more than 500 of those vehicles were taken. Several lakefront parking lots and one lot near North and Wells avenues are holding cars as of Thursday morning, and there is no charge to retrieve a vehicle, the website said.

More than 130 firefighters were deployed to Lake Shore Drive, along with 30 firefighter medics on snow mobiles, and 100 Chicago police officers.

Some drivers ran out of gas and were moved to stranded buses as warming centers, before eventually being taken to St. Joseph Hospital and Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center, to warm up.

City officials reported no serious injuries.

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