Three key recommendations part of updated SSA #33 Wicker Park Bucktown Master Plan


Rendering of a possible Cortland/Ashland underpass redesign, using public art and lighting

The Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area (SSA) #33 Commission announced today that its updated five-year strategic Master Plan has three key recommendations. 

The plan, which will guide the ongoing efforts of WPB SSA #33 and the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce, identifies these three key recommendations:

  • Re-envisioning the Milwaukee/North/Damen intersection to be balanced and safer for all users
  • Merging streetscapes and design, such as adding public art and lighting to the Cortland/Ashland underpass
  • Maximizing open spaces in WPB via better connections and use of The 606, and the development of parklets and public plazas 

Rendering of a new coffee stand and dog park, proposed to activate a vacant lot on the south side of North Avenue near the Damen L station

“As our vibrant community continues to flourish and we expand our programs with SSA #33, we’re excited to be armed with a plan that looks to the future with creativity, long term vision and optimism, meeting the goal of making our community and public space more livable and attractive to all,” says WPB SSA #33 Commission Chair Brent Norsman. “Talk is already underway to implement major improvements to our three six-corner intersections to make them more approachable to everyone, with the understanding that the adjacent CTA stops serve as the front door to our neighborhoods.”


Rendering of Milwaukee Avenue redesigned with a wider sidewalk and room for cafes in the Polish Triangle area between Division and Ashland

Additional recommendations for projects and initiatives range from arts and culture to transportation, guiding development, beautification and quality-of-life improvements. A full copy of the WPB Master Plan is available for download.

The WPB Master Plan also includes implementation measures, which identify key steps to move forward with recommendations, suggested project leads and collaborators.  

Led by urban planning and design firm Teska Associates, the community-based planning process for the WPB Master Plan included a series of public forums, an interactive website and an extensive feedback process encouraging participation from area residents, WPB SSA #33 businesses, neighborhood organizations and all three Aldermen whose wards include portions of Wicker Park Bucktown: 1st Ward Alderman Joe Moreno, 2nd Ward Alderman Brian Hopkins and 32nd Ward Alderman Scott Waguespack.

The 2009 Wicker Park Bucktown Master Plan received the American Planning Association’s National Planning Excellence Award for Public Outreach.

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