17-12-0900  Signs in residential districts.
   17-12-0901 Applicability. The standards of this section apply in all R and DR districts.
   17-12-0902 Permanent, On-premise Signs. The following standards apply to permanent, on-premise signs in R and DR districts.
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USE GROUP
Maximum Number
Maximum Sign Face Area
(sq. ft.)
Allowed Sign Types
Maximum Height of Freestanding Sign (feet)
Use Category
Use Type
USE GROUP
Maximum Number
Maximum Sign Face Area
(sq. ft.)
Allowed Sign Types
Maximum Height of Freestanding Sign (feet)
Use Category
Use Type
RESIDENTIAL
Household Living
Detached House, Two-flat, Townhouse
1 per street frontage
1
Wall
NA
Multi-Unit (3+ units) Residential, Single-Room Occupancy
1 per street frontage
9
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Group Living
Convents and Monasteries, Family Community Home, Temporary Overnight Shelters, Transitional Residences, Transitional Shelters
1 per street frontage
1
Wall, Awning
NA
Assist. Living (Elderly Custodial Care), Group Community Homes, Nursing Homes, Group Living Not Otherwise Classified
1 per street frontage
9
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
PUBLIC AND CIVIC
Colleges and Universities
1 per building + 1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 64 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6/20 (1)
Cultural Exhibits and Libraries
1 per street frontage
Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning
NA
Day Care
1 per street frontage
16
Wall
NA
Hospital
1 per building + 1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 64 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6/20 (1)
Lodge or Private Club
1 per street frontage
16
Wall, Awning
NA
Parks and Recreation (except as more specifically regulated)
1 per building + 1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Public Safety Services
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Religious Assembly
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 64 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6/20 (1)
School
1 per building + 1 freestanding
Freestanding: 64 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6/20 (1)
Utilities and Services
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
COMMERCIAL
Funeral and Interment Service
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Lodging
Bed and Breakfast
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Medical Service
Government-operated Health Center
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Office
Foreign Consulates, Philanthropic and Eleemosynary Institutions
1 per street frontage
Freestanding: 32 Wall: 10% of wall
Wall, Awning, Freestanding
6
Residential Support Service
1 per ground- floor business establishment
16
Wall, Awning
NA
(1) Maximum freestanding sign height of 20 feet when such sign is located along a through street, as classified by the Chicago Department of Transportation, otherwise a maximum height of 6 feet.
 
   17-12-0903 Sign Features.
      17-12-0903-A Lighting.Signs in R and DR zoning districts may use only indirect lighting. Direct lighting and internal lighting of signs is prohibited, except in the case of allowed dynamic image displaysigns.
      17-12-0903-B Dynamic Image Display Signs.Dynamic image display signs are permitted in R and DR districts when such signs are freestanding, on-premise signs for public and civic uses that are located along a through street as classified by the Chicago Department of Transportation. Flashing signs are prohibited.
   17-12-0904 Off-premise Signs.Off-premise signs are prohibited in R and DR districts. A city digital sign may be located in an R district, or portion thereof, which consists of land or public way owned by the city or a federal, state, local or other unit of government, in whole or in part, and which is not improved with any residential buildings, subject to the separation requirements in Section 17-12-1201-A.4.
(Added Coun. J. 5-26-04, p. 25275; Amend Coun. J. 4-14-10, p. 89020, § 1; Amend Coun. J. 12-12-12, p. 44485, § 6; Amend Coun. J. 4-30-14, p. 80382, § 5)