Therefore, when we build, let us think that we build for ever. Let it not be for present delight, nor for present use alone; let it be such work as our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone on stone, that a time is to come when those stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them. "See! this our fathers did for us."  For, indeed, the greatest glory of a building is not in its stones, or in its gold.  Its glory is in its Age.

                                                                                                                                                  -John Ruskin

What is Preservation & Development?

The P&D Committee conducts itself like a neighborhood zoning committee, reviewing construction proposals from developers.  But considering the special historical nature of the Wicker Park community, the Committee evaluates development proposals with an emphasis on historical preservation as well as development quality.

Why is P&D important for Wicker Park?

The Wicker Park community is unique in that it encompasses two significant Land mark Districts within its boundaries: the Wicker Park Landmark District and the Milwaukee Avenue Landmark District.  The P&D Committee reviews all construction requests within the Districts to ensure the project quality and historical integrity of the Districts.  Additionally, the Committee evaluates all requests from developers for zoning changes in order to promote quality of life developments which are proper for the neighborhood.

What are some P&D "success" stories?

Milwaukee Avenue Commercial District

Walgreens Wicker Park / Noel State Bank Building

Wicker Park projects receive 3 Chicago Landmarks Preservation Awards

Pops for Champagne Brings 'Bom Bolla' to 1880s-Era Wicker Park Building

Side yard protected in Wicker Park's Landmarked district

How can I get involved?

P&D meetings are the 3rd Tuesday of the Month at the Wicker Park Fieldhouse (7pm).    Email for more details.