§ 17-3-0500

Pedestrian streets

17-3-0501 Purpose. The regulations of this section are intended to preserve and enhance the character of streets and intersections that are widely recognized as Chicago’s best examples of pedestrian-oriented shopping districts. The regulations are intended to promote transit, economic vitality and pedestrian safety and comfort.

17-3-0502 Description and Criteria for Designation. Pedestrian streets exhibit most or all of the following characteristics:

17-3-0502-A have a high concentration of existing stores and restaurants;

17-3-0502-B abut a street with a right-of-way of 80 feet or less;

17-3-0502-C have a continuous or mostly continuous pattern of buildings that are built abutting or very close to the sidewalk;

17-3-0502-D have doors and entrances abutting the sidewalk;

17-3-0502-E have many storefront windows abutting the sidewalk; and

17-3-0502-F have very few vacant stores.

17-3-0503 Designation and Boundaries.

17-3-0503-A Pedestrian streets must be identified in the text of this Zoning Ordinance and shown on the Official Zoning Atlas.

17-3-0503-B The “ pedestrian street ” designation may be established or removed only in accordance with the Zoning Ordinance Text and Zoning Map Amendment procedures of Sec. 17-13-0200 and Sec. 17-13-0300. Both a text and map amendment is required.

17-3-0503-C The “ pedestrian street ” designation applies to all zoning lots that abut the right- of-way of a pedestrian street .

17-3-0503-D [Pedestrian Streets and Pedestrian Retail Streets.]

1. The following street segments are classified as pedestrian streets :

Street Segment Coordinates
From To From To
103rd Longwood Wood 1800W 2000W
18th Racine Loomis 1200W 1357W
18th 1413W Marshfield 1413W 1600W
18th Paulina Wood 1700W 1800W
26th St. Louis Pulaski 3500W 4000W
53rd Kenwood Lake Park 1350E 1600E
Argyle Sheridan Broadway 1000W 1200W
Cermak Washtenaw California 2700W 2800W
Cermak Marshall Troy 2900W 3100W
Cermak Wentworth Princeton 200W 300W
Chicago Ashland Damen 1600W 2000W
Clark Winona Bryn Mawr 5132 N 5600N
Clark Montrose Lawrence 4400N 4800N
Commercial 88th 92nd 8800S 9200S
Devon Western California 2400W 2800W
Division Milwaukee Ashland 1535W 1599W
Division 1619W Leavitt 1619W 2200W
Halsted Belmont Grace 3200N 3800N
Kedzie Montrose Lawrence 4400N 3800
Lawrence Laramie Long 5200W 5400W
Lawrence Sacramento Central Park 3000W 3600W
Milwaukee Logan Central Park 2600N 3000N / 3600W
Milwaukee Rockwell / Francis Sacramento 2600W/ 2156N 3000W
Milwaukee Giddings Higgins/ Ainslie 4744N 4830N/ 4819N
Montrose C.T.A. Brown Line Seeley 1814 north side; 1821 south side 2044 north side; 2017 south side
Montrose California Kimball 2800W 3400W
Roscoe Damen Leavitt 2000W 2200W
Taylor Carpenter Racine 1050W 1200W
Taylor Loomis Ashland 1400W 1600W
Wells Division North 1200N 1600N
Wentworth Cermak 24th Place 2200S 2400S

2. The following street segments are classified as pedestrian retail streets :

Street Segment Coordinates
From To From To
Armitage Halsted Racine 800W 1200W
Belmont Halsted Racine 800W 1200W
Broadway Diversey Cornelia 2800N 3500N
Bryn Mawr Kenmore Broadway 1038W 1200W
Clark Belden Diversey 2300N 2800N
Clark Newport Addison 3432N 3600N
Diversey Pine Grove Burling 500W 750W
Halsted Willow Webster 1800N 2200N
Lincoln Fullerton Diversey 2400N 2800N
Lincoln Sunnyside Lawrence 4500N 4800N
Lincoln Roscoe Berteau 3400N 4200N
Lincoln Hutchinson Pensacola 4217(east side)4218(west side) 4329(east side)4330 (west side)
Milwaukee Division North 1200N 1600N
Southport Roscoe Grace 3400N 3800N

17-3-0503-E Pedestrian streets also radiate from the following six-corner intersections.

Diagonal Street Coordinates East-West Street Coordinates North-South Street Coordinates Intersection Coordinates
Blue Island From 1637S 18th From 1300W Loomis From 1600S 1800S 1400W
To 1671S To 1357W To 1726S
Blue Island From 1810S 18th From 1413W Loomis From 1809S 1800S 1400W
To 1900S To 1500W To 1900S
Broadway From 4700N Lawrence From 1100W Racine From 4700N 4800N 1200W
To 4900N To 1230W To 4800N
Clark From 2700N Diversey From 500W Broadway From 2800N 2800N 600W
To 2900N To 700W To 2900N
Lincoln From 3200N School From 1600W Marshfield From 3300N 3300N 1630W
To 3400N To 1700W To 3400N
Lincoln From 3900N Irving Park From 1900W Damen From 3900N 4000N 2000W
To 4100N To 2100W To 4100N
Milwaukee From 1500N North From 1900W Damen From 1500N 1600N 2000W
To 1700N To 2100W To 1700N
Milwaukee From 2700N Diversey From 3300W Kimball From 2700N 2800N 3400W
To 2860N To 3500W To 2816N
Milwaukee From 3900N Irving Park From 4650W Cicero From 3900N 4000N 4800W
To 4100N To 4930W To 4100N

17-3-0504 Standards.

17-3-0504-A Applicability. The standards of this section apply to all development on lots that abut the right-of-way of designated pedestrian streets unless otherwise expressly stated. For purposes of Title 17, the criteria, standards and regulations that apply to pedestrian streets shall apply to pedestrian retail streets , except as more specifically regulated herein.

17-3-0504-B Building Location.

1. The entire building façade that faces a designated pedestrian street must abut the sidewalk or be located within 5 feet of the sidewalk.

2. These building location standards do not apply to permitted arcades, public plazas or parks, entries to through-block connections, or recessed entries. Recessed entries are subject to the following standards:

a.

The entrance width may not exceed 12 feet or 5% of the building’s street-facing façade width;

b.

The entrance depth may not exceed the entrance width; and

c.

The entrance may not exceed 2 stories in height.

Figure 17-3-0504-B

17-3-0504-C Transparency.

1. A minimum of 60% of the street- facing building façade between 4 feet and 10 feet in height must be comprised of clear, non-reflective windows that allow views of indoor commercial space or product display areas. This standard applies to building façades that face pedestrian streets .

2. The bottom of any window or product display window used to satisfy this requirement may not be more than 4.5 feet above the adjacent sidewalk.

3. Product display windows used to satisfy these requirements must have a minimum height of 4 feet and be internally lighted.

Figure 17-3-0504-C

17-3-0504-D Doors and Entrances.

1. On lots abutting pedestrian streets , buildings must have a primary entrance door facing the pedestrian street . Entrances at building corners facing a pedestrian street may be used to satisfy this requirement.

2. Building entrances may include doors to individual shops or businesses, lobby entrances, entrances to pedestrian-oriented plazas or courtyard entrances to a cluster of shops or businesses.

Figure 17-3-0504-D

17-3-0504-E Off-Street Parking Requirements. No off-street parking is required for nonresidential uses on lots abutting pedestrian streets unless such uses exceed 10,000 square feet of gross floor area, in which case off-street parking must be provided for the floor area in excess of 10,000 square feet. (See Sec. 17-10-0200 for off-street parking ratios)

17-3-0504-F Parking Location. All off-street parking spaces must be enclosed or located to the rear of the principal building and not be visible from the right-of-way of a pedestrian street .

17-3-0504-G Driveways and Vehicle Access. Vehicle access to lots located along pedestrian streets must come from an alley . No curb cuts or driveways are allowed from a pedestrian street . (See Sec. 17-13-1003-S).

17-3-0504-H Prohibited Uses. The following uses are expressly prohibited on lots abutting pedestrian streets :

1. strip centers ;

2. drive-through facilities;

3. vehicle sales and service uses involving any outdoor storage of vehicles or goods;

4. gas stations ;

5. car washes; and

6. residential storage warehouses .

17-3-0504-I Special Uses.

1. Non-accessory parking facilities are allowed on lots abutting pedestrian streets only if reviewed and approved in accordance with the special use procedures of Sec. 17-13-0900.

2. A bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, currency exchange, or automated teller machine facility is permitted on lots abutting pedestrian retail streets : provided that a proposed bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, currency exchange, or automated teller machine facility that will be located within 600 feet of a bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, currency exchange, or automated teller machine facility that already exists on the pedestrian retail street is allowed only if reviewed and approved in accordance with the special use procedures of Sec. 17-13-0900; provided further that the review and approval for such special use shall not be required if:

i.

the bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, currency exchange, or automated teller machine facility is located above or below curb level of a building with permitted or special uses on the curb level;

ii.

the bank, savings bank, savings and loans association, credit union, currency exchange, or automated teller machine facility is accessory to a retail or commercial use; or

iii.

the bank, savings bank, savings and loan association, credit union, or currency exchange, automated teller machine facility is located: (1) in the rear of the building that abuts the pedestrian retail street ; and (2) 50 feet or more from the sidewalk that abuts the building façade that faces the pedestrian retail street ; and (3) in a building in which a retail or commercial use faces the pedestrian retail street .

17-3-0504-J Encouraged Uses. The following uses are encouraged on lots abutting pedestrian streets :

1. Sidewalk cafes and outdoor eating areas; and

2. Outdoor display of produce, flowers and plants.

(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amend Coun. J. 2-9-05, p. 42415; Amend Coun. J. 3-9-05, p. 44391; Amend Coun. J. 11-30-05, p. 62724; Amend Coun. J. 6-28-06, p. 79813, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 9-13-06, p. 84870, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 1-11-07, p. 97055, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 1-11-07, p. 97057, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 1-11-07, p. 97059, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 7-19-07, p. 5248, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-30-09, p. 66111, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 12-2-09, p. 80791, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-30-10, p. 95597, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-30-10, p. 95599, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-30-10, p. 95601, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 6-30-10, p. 95603, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 2-9-11, p. 112463, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 12-14-11, p. 18117, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 4-24-12, p. 25071, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 6-27-12, p. 30538, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 6-27-12, p. 30540, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 7-25-12, p. 31632, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 12-12-12, p. 44399, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 4-10-13, p. 51743, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 5-8-13, p. 53468, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 9-11-13, p. 60183, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 1-15-14, p. 73272, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 1-15-14, p. 73274, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 1-15-14, p. 73276, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 5-28-14, p. 82412, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 11-5, p. 96196, § 3; Amend Coun. J. 11-5-14, p. 96199, § 4; Amend Coun. J. 11-19-14, p. 98825, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 12-10-14, p. 100862, § 2; Amend Coun. J. 9-24-15, p. 7508, §§ 4, 5; Amend Coun. J. 9-24-15, p. 7511, § 1)

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