Wicker Park Bucktown SSA #33 uses taxpayer funding to provide supplemental services that go above and beyond essential services provided by the city of Chicago. These services include, but are not limited to, the following.
Sidewalk Cleaning / Litter Abatement
SSA #33 contracts with Cleanslate to provide sidewalk litter removal and additional garbage receptacle servicing year-round.
Sidewalk Snow Removal
Christy Webber Landscapes provides supplimental snow removal and salting for sidewalks on Ashland Ave., Damen Ave., Division St., North Ave., and Western Avenue. Cleanslate provides supplimental snow removal for Milwaukee Ave. and the Polish Triangle. Please note, that this snow removal is intended to be supplemental service in addition to all business owners, properties owners, and tenants shoveling sidewalks in front of their buildings, as required by law.
SSA #33 provides and maintains landscaping throughout public areas in Wicker Park Bucktown. We work with Christy Webber Landscapes to maintain planters and flowerbeds along North Ave. & Division St. sidewalks. SSA #33's large orange "on-street" planters along Milwaukee Ave. are planted and maintained by Brightview.
WPB SSA #33 is passionate about providing additional infrastructure to the neighborhood that promotes active transportation, "positive loitering" and keeping WPB clean & safe. Our street furniture inventory includes:
- Over 100 orange "WPB Rides" Bike Racks
- 10 Blue WPB Benches
- 10 Blue Recycling Cans near the Milwaukee/Damen/North intersection
- 70 "Traffic-Calming" Orange Planters in bumpouts along Milwaukee Ave.
- An assortment of Cigarette Recycling Cans
SSA #33 contracts with Bartlett Tree Experts to care for and maintain our urban forest of over 1,700 trees.
Holiday Decorations & Lighting
SSA #33 provides Holiday Snowflakes decorations on lightpoles all around Wicker Park Bucktown from November to January. Holiday lighting in the Polish Triangle and other one-off installations are provided by Illuminight Holiday Lighting.
"Welcome" Banners and "Happy Holidays" banners at key entry-points to Wicker Park Bucktown are maintained by Chicago Event Graphics.
Cleanslate provides essential graffiti removal in public spaces around the SSA. If your storefront or windows were tagged or etched by graffiti, please consider applying to our Safety Rebate program.
SSA #33 provides several rebate programs for facade work, safety measures and additional security. Learn more about our rebate programs here.
SSA funds can be used to sponsor public programs, events, initiatives, or services that demonstrate a measurable benefit to the community and foster community growth and development within the WPB SSA district. Learn more about the Community Grant Program and fill out an application here.
Wicker Park Bucktown is passionate about public art! Our SSA sponsors several arts initiatives and installations. Check out some of our favorites including the Hebru Brantley Mural at Milwaukee/Wood/Beach, Lynn Basa's Worker Cottage Parklet or Mike Helbing's Wicker Tree. Click here to learn more about our arts initiatives and figure out how you can become involved as an artist or host.
Free Community Shredding & E-Recycling Days
**Due to COVID-19, our April dates were canceled. Please find our updated schedule at the link above.
Annual Neighborhood Guide
With SSA funding, the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce publishes and distributes the annual WPB Neighborhood Guide. This guide is distributed to concierge desks and businesses all over the city. Feel free to stop by the Wicker Park Bucktown Chamber of Commerce to pick up a copy or email us at email@example.com to arrange a larger deliver. See the 2019 Neighborhood Guide here.
Legacy Business Recognition Program
Initiated in 2019, this program recognizes local businesses for their continuing service to the neighborhood in an effort to promote long-term retail business retention. All businesses in WPB SSA #33 open for 15 years or longer are eligible to receive a 5”x5” orange window cling to hang in their entryway. Over 90 clings were distributed in 2019. Businesses do not need to be a member of the Chamber of Commerce to participate. Please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or to request your cling.
WPB Ambassador Program
Beginning in 2018, we are offering rebates for participation in the WPB Ambassador Program within the SSA district which incentivizes local businesses to be good neighbors by sending employees on scheduled neighborhood walks. Learn more here.