Window Works

A Storefront Activation Program


The ARTichoke Project, 2010 by Christophe Gauspohl; part of WPB's former Make Believe initiative

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 a link to the complete RFP (Request for Proposals).


An activation by Lorne Covington in downtown Syracuse in spring of 2018


Artist in Residence, by Rory Wakemup; part of Minneapolis' Made Here initiative


Russell Muits' installation for One Wall at Wicker Park's Jackson Junge Gallery, summer 2018


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


Tsho Hmoob, by Koua M. Yang and Oskar Ly; photo by Steven Lang; part of Minneapolis' Made Here initiative