What should become of the Cortland / Ashland Underpass?

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The Cortland / Ashland underpass in Wicker Park Bucktown serves as a major gateway into the neighborhood for a multitude of users — drivers, cyclists, pedestrians… and thousands of transit users daily via the Clybourn Metra Station and CTA buses. As part of the WPB Master Plan, we are exploring improving the underpass as a potential future project. What are your thoughts…How would you like to see this gateway node improved?

Now let’s react to some pictures! Share your preferences by giving each image below a STAR RATING! Have other ideas — we’d love to hear them!  Scroll down to submit comments and upload photos showcasing ideas you’d like to see. Click follow in the website footer to receive project updates.


Concept 1: Creative lighting and accent art



Concept 2: Interesting murals by local artists



Concept 3: Interesting accent lighting paired with murals (palm trees not included)



Concept 4: Festive lighting



Concept 5: Existing Underpass (keep as-is)


Thanks for taking the time to share your perspective. Submit additional ideas and photos below!

Recent Comments:

Avoid murals or fancy lighting which can be a traffic distraction. The example with simple columnar colored lights would be attractive and might cut down on evening visitors.