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. Selected by a jury of Chicago arts professionals, one artist will be awarded a $30,000-$75,000 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. This new piece of public art has been dubbed ONE BIG THING.
Each finalist has created a small model to be publicly displayed at Jackson Junge Gallery, 1389 N Milwaukee, for public comment from February 21 – March 21. Take our survey to share your thoughts. There is a Celebration Night planned for Friday, March 3rd, from 6:00-8:00 p.m.    RSVP here. 

The WPB SSA #33 Commission will announce the winner in March, to be awarded the final public art commission. 
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.