One Big Thing


The Milwaukee Avenue/Wood Street intersection was redesigned in 2014 by the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), in collaboration with WPB SSA #33 and 1st Ward Alderman, Proco “Joe” Moreno. The redesign served two purposes: creating a safer environment for all users at this confluence of traffic, and developing a location specifically for a future public artwork.


On Feb. 7, 2017, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce and WPB Special Service Area (SSA) #33 announced six finalists for the largest public art commission in their history: John. E Bannon, Lynn Basa, Nicole Beck, Curt Brill, Paul Kuhn and Chris Boyd Taylor. This new piece of public art had been dubbed ONE BIG THING. Each finalist had created a small model to be publicly displayed at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee, for public comment from February 21 – March 21. There was a Celebration Night on March 3rd at Jackson Junge, congratulating the six finalists. 

Selected by a committee of Chicago arts professionals, Lynn Basa's proposal, "Worker Cottage", won the commission to create a permanent installation to be displayed at the highly visible intersection of Milwaukee Avenue and Wood Street in the heart of the Wicker Park Bucktown neighborhoods. 
WPB SSA #33 has a longstanding record of supporting the artistic and cultural communities in Wicker Park Bucktown. Through arts initiatives led by the WPB SSA #33 Arts Committee and the annual Community Grants Program, WPB SSA #33 awards funds to local artists and organizations to enhance quality-of-life, and foster community growth and development within the neighborhood.