Big improvements are in store for the Wicker Park/Bucktown area, including an updated master plan for the neighborhoods that was released this week. Updating the original plan from 2009, the current iteration seeks to add a dog park and public art, improve the crumbling Cortland/Ashland underpass and Metra station, and in general make the area more safe and desirable for pedestrians.

The master plan calls for a dog park near the Damen L stop (WPB SSA)

Some of the highlights of the plan include widening sidewalks, improving pedestrian connection to the 606--the "rails to trails" project along Bloomingdale Avenue that runs through the neighborhood--improving the Cortland/Ashland underpass with "festive lighting" and improving the Metra station that sits above it, widening sidewalks and adding bike lanes where needed, adding a dog park near the Damen L stop, and adding "parklets."

Read the five-year plan in its entirety here.


Wicker Park/Bucktown master plan to improve area for pedestrians, cyclists [Curbed Chicago]