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17-12-1101-A | Boundaries

The Michigan Avenue Corridor special sign district consists of all parcels adjacent to Michigan Avenue, between Oak Street on the north and Roosevelt Road on the south.

17-12-1101-B | Regulations and Standards

The following standards apply to signs within the Michigan Avenue Corridor special sign district.  The signs regulations are supplemental standards that apply in addition to existing zoning regulations.  All existing zoning regulations apply except those that conflict with regulations imposed for the Michigan Avenue Corridor.  In case of conflict between the Michigan Avenue Corridor regulations and existing, underlying zoning district regulations, the Michigan Avenue Corridor regulations will govern.

Maximum Area

  • The gross sign face area of all signs on a zoning lot may not exceed 2 square feet times the lot's street frontage

Projections

  • On Michigan Avenue, all signs must be affixed on building walls parallel to the property line, and no sign may project more than 12 inches across the property line into the public way.  For those zoning lots that have street frontage on side streets perpendicular to Michigan Avenue or Rush street and St. Clair, however, signs may project no more than 36 inches across the property line into the public way, provided further that no projecting sign may be located within 50 feet of the Michigan Avenue right-of-way.
  • When City Council has authorized a portion of a building wall (other than a canopy, awning, or other minor feature) to extend over the public right-of-way, signs may be affixed to such buildings walls and may project from said wall up to 12 inches on Michigan Avenue and up to 36 inches on Rush Street, St. Clair, or streets perpendicular to Michigan Avenue.  On zoning lots with street frontage on side streets perpendicular to Michigan Avenue, any signs projecting from a building wall may not be located within 50 feet of the Michigan Avenue right-of-way.  

Roof Signs

  • Roof signs are prohibited.

Painted Wall Signs

  • The surface of any building, wall or fence may not be used for a painted wall sign.

Freestanding Signs

  • Not more than one freestanding sign is permitted per street frontage.
  • Freestanding signs may not exceed 15 feet in height.

Show Windows

  • Show windows may be used for regularly changed display of merchandise sold in the building.  Signs may not be applied to more than 15% of any single window.  Window lettering that is less than 2 inches in height will not be counted, provided it is limited to information such as a building's address, hours of operation, product information, and logos.

Banners

  • On Michigan Avenue no banner may be placed so that it projects across the property line into the public way.  On those zoning lots that have street frontage on side streets that run perpendicular to Michigan Avenue, banners may be installed provided they do not project more than 36 inches and provided they are not placed within 50 feet of Michigan Avenue right-of-way.  Banners may be placed on Rush Street and St. Clair street frontages but in no circumstance may any individual banner exceed 30 square feet in area.

Neon Signs

  • Neon signs and other forms of direct lighting using tubes similar in appearance to neon are prohibited when visible from Michigan Avenue.  Neon lighting may be used as a source of light when completely shielded and not visible fron public streets, sidewalks or alleys.

Flashing and Changing-image Signs

  • No flashing or changing-image signs are permitted on the exterior of any building or structure on the Michigan Avenue frontage.

Awning Signs

  • Signs on awnings counts toward the maximum allowable sign area and must be affixed flat to the surface thereof, must be non-illuminated, and may indicate only the name and or address of the establishment.  Further, no such sign may extend vertically or horizontally beyond limits of said awning.  The maximum letter size (height and width) placed on any awning may not exceed 9 inches.  All awnings must be retractable (fabric or canvas) and may project no more than 6 feet over the sidewalk.

Temporary Signs

  • Temporary signs, such as grand opening signs, but specifically excluding signs advertising merchandise or special sales, may be permitted for a period not to exceed 6 weeks.  In addition, temporary signs may be installed on construction barricades during a building's construction, for a period not to exceed 24 months.  Signs placed on construction barricades may not be placed more than 20 feet above grade and may not exceed 8 feet in vertical dimension.  Time extensions for temporary signs may be granted by the Zoning Administrator upon written request.  Temporary signs do not count toward the maximum allowable sign area.