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Indoor Wicker Park Putt-Putt Course The Big Mini Is Almost Complete, But Owners Want Your Help Designing The Final Hole

The contest winner will score free putt-putt for life, a private round of golf before the business opens and The Big Mini swag.

The Big Mini indoor putt-putt course in Wicker Park
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WICKER PARK — A Wicker Park business is calling on neighbors to help design the final hole of its indoor putt-putt course before opening this spring.

The Big Mini, 1302 N. Milwaukee Ave., is holding a design contest for the ninth hole of its indoor course. The bar has already completed the first eight holes.

The space available is about 6 feet by 16 feet. Designs should be about 100 square feet in size.

Entries must include your design and proposed name for the hole, as well as a brief description of your inspiration and how to best play the hole. Email entries to before Feb. 4.

“Designs will be judged based on creativity, ingenuity and practicality, not on your ability to draw,” The Big Mini co-owner Nick Jenkins said by email.

The contest winner will receive free mini golf for life for them and a guest, a private round of golf before the business opens and The Big Mini swag. Learn more about the contest here.

Co-owners Austin DeLonge and Jenkins played mini golf as children on the East Coast, DeLonge in rural Vermont and Jenkins near Boston. 

The duo met while in college at the University of Vermont. About eight years ago, Jenkins moved to Chicago to pursue a job in business. DeLonge, whose career was also in finance, followed shortly after.

The friends quit their day jobs in 2019 to pursue The Big Mini and have been designing and constructing the holes inside Jenkins’ garage. The Big Mini received a liquor license and plans to serve alcohol once open.

Though the coronavirus pandemic stalled progress on the business, Jenkins said he anticipates a springtime opening.

Follow the business on Instagram for updates. Check out its website for more information. Send questions to

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The Big Mini indoor putt-putt course in Wicker Park

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