WPB Vision Refined + Existing Conditions Reviewed

Advisory Committee Meeting #2


The Advisory Committee meeting on April 27 represented the second meeting for the Wicker Park Bucktown Master Plan Update.  The meeting ran from 8:30am to 10:00am and was generously hosted by Bru Chicago located at 1562 North Milwaukee Avenue.  |  Click here to view meeting minutes


Scott Goldstein with Teska Associates provided a review of the Draft Existing Conditions Report (coming soon).  Key highlights included:


  • Since 2009 when the last Master Plan was adopted, the 606 was built, the number of PINs has nearly doubled, new development has returned with some of the first TOD sites in the City, a new hotel is under construction at North/Damen/Milwaukee, and the SSA has been reconstituted;


  • Themes of interviews were reviewed, including TOD – people without cars, the 606 is a transforming asset, local businesses feel threatened by rising costs, communication around development is key, transit access is great, but infrastructure is lacking, concern over the loss of the arts, the area is becoming more international, and the SSA and Chamber play a critical role in bringing people together.


Advisory Committee Members (clockwise from top left): John Paige (SSA 33), Jerry Mandujano (1st Ward) Mike Amsden (CDOT), and Mike McElroy (SSA 33) discuss and refine transportation goals with Jessica Wobbekind (SSA 33) and Stacey Meekins (Sam Schwartz Engineering).



A draft Vision Statement was discussed and revised.  Based on input from the Committee, the current draft is:


Wicker Park Bucktown is a vibrant, historic, and changing neighborhood that celebrates its diverse, eclectic and unique vibe and sense of urbanism.


We will protect, promote, and support the fiercely independent nature of our community, from the residents who live here, to the stores, businesses, and restaurants that serve the community as well as visitors coming to get a taste of what is unique.


We will maximize the opportunities and amenities for pedestrians, bikes, and transit riders with beautiful streetscapes, public spaces, and unique open spaces.  


Our artistic, individual and communal efforts towards expression are cherished and will thrive.


We will work to promote housing and opportunities that is affordable to keep the unique flavor, mix of people, and businesses that make Wicker Park Bucktown a community of choice for all generations, backgrounds, and interests.


The breadth of our local organizations brings an opportunity for everyone to become involved in the interests and passions they have to make Wicker Park Bucktown a better community.


What do you think about the draft vision statement? Share your ideas and feedback by clicking here!




Mark your calendar — Please join us on Monday May 16th at 5:30 at the Bucktown Wicker Park Library | 1701 N Milwaukee Ave