Window Works

A Storefront Activation Program


An activated storefront of a vacant bodega in New York City's Chinatown.

Wicker Park Bucktown Special Service Area #33 is excited to announce our vacant storefront activation initiative Window Works! The aim of the project is to utilize compelling contemporary art and installations to temporarily transform vacant storefronts. This activation will make the pedestrian experience of Wicker Park and Bucktown more engaging and enjoyable while showcasing and supporting area artists. Window Works also aims to attract interest in prime commercial spaces by fostering visual intrigue, generating foot traffic, and highlighting the potential of a storefront space and its impact on the community.

Selected artists and proposals will be paired with participating vacant or underutilized storefronts volunteered by property owners/managers within the neighborhoods. Completed activations will be accompanied by SSA #33 branded signage that lists property information as well as the artist’s contact information and the title(s) of the artwork. Storefront activations will be highly visible throughout some of the busiest parts of the neighborhood.

Interested artists should visit our Artist Opportunities page for the complete RFP and link.
Window Works is a continuing program, but submissions are reviewed periodically.
The next review deadline is September 25, 2018.


Activation in Minnesota: Tsho Hmoob, by Koua M. Yang and Oskar Ly; photo by Steven Lang