Chicago's Infamous Wicker Park Six-Corner Finally Gets an Update

The intersection, deadly at times, will lose its slip lanes. Bonus features include a bigger crosswalk and bike boxes.

1 minute read

September 16, 2017, 5:00 AM PDT

By Casey Brazeal @northandclark

Chicago Six-Way

Some pedestrians take the convenient way across. | Steven Vance / Flickr

A six-way intersection (derisively called "the Crotch") in Chicago's Wicker Park has long been one of the most dangerous intersections in the city. But the corner of Milwaukee, Damon, and North Avenues is getting an update, and the work is almost complete.

"The six-way junction recently got four bike boxes and an extra-wide crosswalk, and tan paint and flexible posts were used to shorten pedestrian crossing distances and close the slip lane at the southeast corner," John Greenfield writes for Streetsblog Chicago. These improvements should go a long way toward protecting pedestrians and bikers in a neighborhood that hosts to bar hoppers, concertgoers, and bike commuters.

"The intersection will get even more people-friendly next year, when CDOT plans to add two new crosswalks between the Flat Iron Building and Flash Taco, and between Starbucks and Walgreens," Greenfield writes. It's one more example of a place with plentiful foot and bike traffic finally owning up to that fact. But some might argue that even more could be done.

Tuesday, September 12, 2017 in Streetsblog Chicago

Large blank mall building with only two cars in large parking lot.

Pennsylvania Mall Conversion Bill Passes House

If passed, the bill would promote the adaptive reuse of defunct commercial buildings.

April 18, 2024 - Central Penn Business Journal

Street scene in Greenwich Village, New York City with people walking through busy intersection and new WTC tower in background.

Planning for Accessibility: Proximity is More Important than Mobility

Accessibility-based planning minimizes the distance that people must travel to reach desired services and activities. Measured this way, increased density can provide more total benefits than increased speeds.

April 14, 2024 - Todd Litman

Wood-frame two-story rowhouses under construction.

Fair Housing Cannot Take a Back Seat to ‘Build, Baby, Build’

If we overlook fair housing principles in the plan to build US housing back better, we risk ending up right back where we started.

April 11, 2024 - James Jennings

"No 710" lawn sign on green lawn.

LA Metro Board Approves New 710 Freeway Plan

The newest plan for the 710 corridor claims it will not displace any residents.

5 hours ago - Streetsblog LA

Close-up of row of electric cars plugged into chargers at outdoor station.

Austin’s Proposed EV Charging Rules Regulate Station Locations, Size

City planners say the new rules would ensure an efficient distribution of charging infrastructure across the city and prevent an overconcentration in residential areas.

6 hours ago - Austin Monitor

Green hills with orange California poppies in bloom in foreground in Chino Hills State Park, California.

Making California State Parks More Climate-Resilient

A recently released report offers recommendations for keeping state parks healthy and robust, including acquiring additional land for conservation and recreation.

7 hours ago - Spectrum News 1

News from HUD User

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Call for Speakers

Mpact Transit + Community

New Updates on PD&R Edge

HUD's Office of Policy Development and Research

Urban Design for Planners 1: Software Tools

This six-course series explores essential urban design concepts using open source software and equips planners with the tools they need to participate fully in the urban design process.

Planning for Universal Design

Learn the tools for implementing Universal Design in planning regulations.