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State Street / Wabash Avenue


17-12-1103-A | Boundaries

The State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor consists of all parcels adjacent to State Street and Wabash Avenue between Wacker Drive on the north and Harrison Street on the south.  The State Street/Wabash corridor extends west of State Street to the east right-of-way line of North and South Dearborn Street and extends east of Wabash Avenue to the west boundary line of the Michigan Avenue Corridor.

17-12-1003-B | Regulations and Standards

The following standards apply to signs within the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor special sign district.  These sign 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 State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor special sign district.  In case of conflict between the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor regulations and existing, underlying zoning district regulations, the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor regulations will govern.

Area

  • On State Street the gross sign face area of all signs on a zoning lot may not exceed 4 square feet times the lot's street frontage.  The gross sign face area of any single sign may not exceed 2 square feet times the lot's street frontage.
  • On Wabash Avenue the gross sign face area of all signs on a zoning lot may not exceed 6 square feet times the lot's street frontage.
  • On all other streets in the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor, the gross sign face area of all signs on a zoning lot may not exceed 4 square feet times the lot's street frontage.

Projections

  • On State Street, 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, except for theatres and hotels.  Hotel signs and theatre signs may project across the property line into the public way up to 6 feet.
  • On Wabash Avenue, signs may project up to 4 feet across the property line into the public way, so as to increase the visibility of businesses located under the CTA elevated tracks.  Hotel signs and theatre signs may project across the property line into the public way up to 6 feet.
  • On all other streets in the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor, signs may project up to 4 feet across the property line into the public way, except for hotel signs and theatre signs, which may project up to 6 feet into the public way.

Roof Signs

  • Roof signs are prohibited.

Show Windows

  • Show windows may be used for regularly changed displays.  No paper or vinyl signs may be attached to show windows, and signs placed in windows must be set back at least 3 feet from the glass.

Banners

  • Banners are permitted in the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor.  No banner may project more than 4 feet from the building line.

Flashing and Changing-image Signs

  • Except for theatre signs and marquees, no flashing or changing-image signs are permitted on the exterior of any building or structure in the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor.

Box and Cabinet Signs

  • Any box or cabinet sign must have an opaque and non-illuminated face with illuminated lettering or logos only.  Individual letter signs are encouraged.

Off-premise Signs

  • Off-premise signs are prohibited in the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor special sign district.

Awning Signs

  • Signs on awnings are permitted on the valence only, and must be affixed flat to the surface thereof, must be non-illuminated, and indicate only the name and/or address of the establishment.  No sign may extend either vertically of horizontally beyond the limits of any awning.  Awning lettering placed on the valence may not exceed 12 inches in height.  All awnings must be metal, fabric or canvas.  Retractable awnings are encouraged.

Nonconforming Signs

  • Notwithstanding any other provision of this Zoning Ordinance, a nonconforming sign that has been in lawful existence for 50 years or more years may be reconditioned and/or replaced with a sign that substantially conforms to the size and placement of the pre-existing sign.

Freestanding Signs

  • Notwithstanding any other provision of this Zoning Ordinance, including without limitation Section 17-12-1002-F herof, the Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development is authorized to approve one or more Freestanding Signs for a zoning lot within the State Street/Wabash Avenue Corridor so long as: (i) the Zoning Administrator has determined that the Freestanding Sign otherwise complies with the provisions of 17-12-1003-B; (ii) the Freestanding Sign identifies a significant corporate headquarters employing in excess of 1,000 full-time persons or the offices of a government agency; and (iii) the Freestanding Sign does not project across the property line into the public way.