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									                                        CITY OF CHICAGO
                             SMALL BUSINESS IMPROVEMENT FUND (SBIF)
                                        PROGRAM RULES

The City of Chicago’s Small Business Improvement Fund is a Tax Increment Financing (TIF) program, which
will reimburse building owners for TIF-eligible investments. Projects must preserve building stock, improve
neighborhood appearance or economic value, and enable businesses to stay in the neighborhood, remain
competitive, or even expand within the TIF District.

FUNDING                  Grants only, in the form of reimbursement
                         Funding for up to 75% of SBIF-eligible costs
                         $50,000 maximum assistance per project and per applicant
                         Applicants selected by lottery; a waiting list will be created, if needed

ELIGIBLE APPLICANTS
• Property owners OR lessees, with property owners’ consent
• If business occupying the property in question is commercial, eligible applicants will have a maximum of
   $1.5 million in annual sales for the past three years, or a business plan for new businesses showing the same
   level of projected maximum sales for 3 years
• If business occupying the property in question is industrial, eligible applicants will employ a maximum 40
   full-time equivalent employees. (no sales requirement)
• Building owners or ownership entities who conform to maximum net worth and liquidity requirements (total
   net worth no more than $4.0 million, and total liquidity of no more than $300,000) and who lease space to
   eligible commercial or industrial tenants.
• Tenants that meet the Annual Sales Requirement of a maximum of $1.5 million, have a leasehold interest in the
   property, would like to improve property according to a lease agreement, and have express prior property owner
   approval.
• Qualified building owners who seek to attract new commercial, industrial, or institutional tenants to vacant space

Businesses which are NOT eligible include, but may not be limited to: fast-food chain restaurants; national chain
businesses (as defined by DPD); franchise businesses; branch banks; employment agencies; currency exchanges,
pay day loan stores; pawn shops; astrology, palm-reading; liquor stores, bars; adult bookstores, massage parlors;
hotels or motels; track waging facilities; trailer-storage yards; and junk yards, or any uses similar to those listed.

VACANT PROPERTY
Funding for vacant properties will require a minimum 60% lease-up by square footage of the entire property and
100% lease-up of the ground floor space with a qualified tenant, prior to funding.

ELIGIBLE COSTS
Any TIF-eligible improvement which permits a building owner to attract new commercial or industrial tenants,
allows an eligible business owner to maintain or expand operations, or contributes to the improved appearance
and viability of a property. This includes, but is not limited to, rehabilitation, remodeling, or renovation of items
such as:
• roof and façade;
• signs or awnings which are permanently affixed to the building
• alterations or structures needed for ADA compliance (e.g. railings or ramps)
• HVAC and other mechanical systems
• certain beautification efforts located in the public way
• certain environmental remediation measures
• purchase of adjacent land parcels for purposes of expansion or parking
• paving of parking facilities

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The following items are NOT eligible for reimbursement, and therefore will not be counted toward total project
cost (this is not an exhaustive list):
• new construction
• minor repairs or improvements such as painting
• equipment-related expenses
• planters surrounding or affixed to buildings
• perimeter security fencing
• work on the interior of residential units

Only projects conforming to the uses and goals defined in the governing TIF Redevelopment Plan for the
relevant TIF district will be accepted for funding.

DESIGN REQUIREMENTS FOR FACADE WORK
In order to receive funding, projects must conform to minimum design requirements. In addition, projects will
be encouraged to meet design goals and guidelines. Applicants are strongly advised to consult with SomerCor
on design requirements and guidelines before drawing up plans for work. Work which is potentially
damaging to the building, such as the use of incorrect tuckpointing materials, will not be reimbursed.
Plans must be submitted to SomerCor for design approval prior to beginning construction, or the project
will be automatically disqualified.

COMPLIANCE
• Checks will be performed on all applicants prior to funding to insure that they are not indebted to the City
  and that they are in compliance with child support laws.
• Each applicant will sign an affidavit in lieu of an Economic Disclosure Affidavit.
• Grantees will be required to sign an affidavit certifying that they will not relocate out of the TIF district or
  sell the business within a three-year period following disbursement of funds under the Program.
• In cases of SBIF reimbursement for land purchase, proof of land ownership will be required before
  reimbursement may be made.
• If an owner and a tenant apply for program funds separately for the same property, they are eligible for a
  combined assistance of $50,000, to be allocated per the owner’s request.

TIME LIMITS
Each stage of the program has a time limit by which it must be completed. Applicants who do not complete
each stage within that limit may be disqualified:
• Applicant supplies any missing information to complete their application: 20 DAYS
• Plans, bids, and specs, are obtained, debts are cured:                   120 DAYS
• Construction is completed or land is purchased:                          10 MONTHS
A maximum of one extension may be granted with City approval in the case of an unavoidable delay due to
extraordinary circumstances, only.

TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE
Grantees will have access to technical assistance to aid them in selecting contractors, obtaining bids, and drawing
up proper work contracts.

MINORITY/WOMEN OWNED BUSINESSES (M/WBE)
Directories of M/WBE contractors will be provided to all successful applicants to encourage the hiring of such
contractors under the program.




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                               APPLICATION PROCESS

Stage 1. (Application Process) Applicant completes application and submits it during
the application acceptance period (rolling, in some cases) with supporting documentation
to via mail or personal delivery:

                               SomerCor 504, Inc.
                               Attention: John Paulun or Derek Walvoord
                               Two East 8th Street, Suite 2M
                               Chicago, Illinois 60605
                               Phone: (312) 360-3300

                  FAXING APPLICATIONS IS NOT PERMITTED

         SomerCor conducts site visit and photographs property.

Within 10 days of receiving the application, SomerCor will send a letter informing the
applicant of its eligibility. A request for more information to determine eligibility may be
made at this time. If the applicant is ineligible, the reasons for that determination will be
explained.

Lottery. If demand for grant funds exceeds available money in any given month, all
         eligible applications will be placed in a lottery. Once all the available funds
         have been reserved for lottery participants, the remaining participants will be
         wait-listed in the order their lottery numbers were drawn. Wait-listed
         participants will be notified if surplus funds become available.

Stage 2. (Project Planning) Applicant will receive a letter from SomerCor informing
         them of the lottery results and / or their acceptance to the program. Within 120
         days of receiving this letter:
             Applicants who have had funds reserved as a result of the lottery must
             submit drawings, bids, and/or draft contracts for all eligible work listed
             on their application.
             In addition, applicants must submit copies of Insurance Certificates and
             Business Licenses for all contractors, as well as copies of City of Chicago
             Building Permits for all work to be performed.
             Any outstanding debt to the City of Chicago must be paid. Any outstanding
             child support payments must be paid. A receipt for payment must be
             submitted to SomerCor.
             Applicant must either attend a MBE/WBE forum or receive an MBE/WBE
             directory.
             The Applicant is advised to consult SomerCor to insure that all Program
             Guidelines are met prior to finalizing plans for eligible work.
If all the above is acceptable, Applicant will receive a Conditional Commitment Letter
from the City of Chicago, indicating the maximum grant the Applicant may receive. If
unacceptable, applicant will receive a letter explaining the determination.

     ANY WORK BEGUN PRIOR TO RECEIVING A CONDITIONAL
  COMMITMENT LETTER FROM THE CITY OF CHICAGO WILL NOT BE
     ELIGIBLE FOR REIMBURSEMENT UNDER THIS PROGRAM

Stage 3. (Construction) Construction work must be performed in accordance with plans
         and specifications approved by the City of Chicago. Entire SBIF project must
         be completed within 10 Months of the date of the Conditional Commitment
         letter. Any changes must be approved in writing by the City of Chicago.

Stage 4. (Closing) A closing and reimbursement will occur only upon the completion of
         all of the following:
             SomerCor conducts final site visit and makes a finding that the Applicant
             fully complied with the program requirements.
             Applicant submits closing documentation.
             Applicant submits in writing verification that all of the agreed upon work
             was completed correctly.
             SomerCor makes final determination of grant amount (50% of funds
             expended for eligible, approved work, up to the maximum amount set forth
             in the Conditional Commitment letter.)
             SomerCor receives final approval from City of Chicago who processes grant
             payment and forwards to SomerCor. SomerCor will then reimburse
             Applicant.
Eligible Matching Percentage Schedule
Small Business Improvement Fund

Landlord- no ownership interest in the business leasing the commercial space

If the applicant has net worth1:

           -Greater than $4 Million, ineligible

           -Greater than $2.5 Million, but less than or equal to $4 million; eligible for 25%

           -Greater than $0.5 Million, but less than or equal to $2.5 million; eligible for 50%

           -Less than or equal to $0.5 Million; eligible for 75%

Tenant- leasing for a minimum of three years from a building owner of no financial
relationship

If the applicant shows sales2:

           -Greater than $1.5 Million, ineligible

           -Greater than $1 Million, but less than or equal to $1.5 million; eligible for 25%

           -Greater than $0.1 Million, but less than or equal to $1 million; eligible for 50%

           -Less than or equal to $0.1 Million; eligible for 75%

Owner / Occupied- has ownership interest in business and property

-The schedules above for both net worth and sales apply. If the applicant should fall within
different eligibility ranges for net worth and sales (i.e. 75% / 50%), then the applicant will be
eligible for the lesser of the two percentages (i.e. 50%).




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    Net Worth is defined as Assets minus Liabilities; what is owned minus what is owed.
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    Sales are defined as gross receipts as filed on a tax return; if business is new, these are projected gross receipts
Eligible Project Costs
Small Business Improvement Fund

*this list is not intended to be exhaustive, but rather a representation of what the program has covered in
prior projects.

Exterior Work:
-Storefronts, Awnings, signs
-Masonry, Tuck pointing, structural improvements
-Sidewalks, permanent landscaping, public beautification efforts
-Parking lot paving, wrought iron fencing, acquisition of adjacent land for parking
-Roof, Skylights, insulation measures
-windows, doors, exterior lighting, lintels, detail, garage / service doors

Interior Work:
-Wood Floors, Marble Floors, Tile Floors
-Carpentry work, tenant build-out, new walls, interior renovations, office buildouts
-Lighting systems, permanent fixtures and equipment
-Bathroom Renovations
-Drop Ceilings
-stairways, basements, I-beams

Systems Work:
-Plumbing
-Electrical
-Heating, Ventilation, and AC
-Boilers
-Elevators
-permanent security measures
-Walk-in cooler systems
            NOTE ON DESIGN REQUIREMENTS
                 TO SBIF APPLICANTS


All projects involving any work to the exterior of the building must
meet the following minimum design standards, whether part of the
project or not:

•   All signs must be well-maintained and kept in good working
    order. Signs which are in poor condition must be renovated or
    removed.

•   Illegal signs, roof signs, signs with moving or flashing parts,
    temporary signs, signs for prior businesses, and unused
    structural sign supports must all be removed.

•   Large projecting signs which project more that five feet from
    the face of the building or extend above the roof line must be
    removed.

•   The City of Chicago will not fund work which may be
    damaging to property.
                                            CITY OF CHICAGO

                                            DESIGN GUIDELINES




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complement its design and overall
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appearance. Adding non-original
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When individual pieces of brick,                                                     DO repair or replace original building
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stone or terra cotta are beyond                                                      materials with matching materials
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to match the originals in terms                                                      “false fronts,” and mansard roofs
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of size, color, finish and texture.                                                   or canopies
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Masonry surfaces should be                                                           DO tuckpoint masonry with mortar
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properly tuckpointed to avoid                                                        that matches the original in color,
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moisture seepage and excessive                                                       consistency and joint profile
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wear on the masonry. Mortar
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and grout should match the                                                           possible method, such as with
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originals in terms of color, texture,                                                low-velocity water, steam
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consistency and joint profile.
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Portland cement should never be
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can cause serious damage. Masonry           DON’T use materials not otherwise
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this also causes serious damage
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                                            DON’T use imitation stucco or siding
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cleaned using the least aggressive          siding or metal panels
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method possible (such as low
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                                            DON’T add “false fronts” or mansard
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velocity water, steam or chemical           roofs that cover or obscure the facade
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cleaning) after conducting tests
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on inconspicuous areas.
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                                                          DECORATIVE FEATURES




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    DO restore the original size of any filled             and be commercial-looking
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    openings and repair/replace windows
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                                                          done to wood windows and doors
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    in “like-kind” to match
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    DO remove exterior-mounted security
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    grilles and install new security grilles inside
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    the storefront if possible
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                                                          SECURITY GRILLES
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    DON’T fill in or cover over upper-story
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                                                          Security grilles, screens
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    DON’T install security grilles on the
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                                                          as inconspicuous as possible
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    exterior of the buildings unless they are
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    concealed or as unobtrusive as possible
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                                                          elements of the storefront.
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                                                          If grilles are used, they should be
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                                                          installed on the inside face of doors
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                                                          and windows. All exposed portions
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LIGHTING




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The use of accent lighting




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to illuminate building facades




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fixtures. Such fixtures should be


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as inconspicuous as possible

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should not be washed in bright
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light, but lighting should be used
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to accentuate individual building
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HISTORIC BUILDINGS
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Historic buildings are important
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visual “anchors” in commercial
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districts and often establish the
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architectural character of these
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areas. Facades and storefronts
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of historic buildings should be
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repaired and well maintained.
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Original features and materials
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such as bulkheads, transoms,
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window framing systems, and
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cast-iron piers should all be
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maintained. Deteriorated original
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features should be repaired
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whenever possible, and missing
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features should be replaced
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to match the originals. Projects
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involving historic buildings
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must adhere to The Secretary
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of the Interior’s Standards for
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Rehabilitation of Historic Buildings.
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                                            DO use The Secretary of the Interior’s
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                                            buildings (available from City staff)
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                                                                                                   STOREFRONTS




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          lintel                                                                                   should not be reduced in size.




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          transom
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          display window                                                       pier or column
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    DO keep/restore the original height
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    and display window area (the height


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    and width of the storefront opening)                                                           have a consistent design and relate
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    of storefronts which have been filled                                                           to the entire building as a whole.
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    DO keep/replace storefront windows
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    with large sheets of clear glass to allow                                                      accommodate window displays
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    views into the retail space
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    DO keep/replace transoms (the small                                                            space of the building. The large
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    windows above a door or window)
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    and recessed entries
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    DO keep/replace bulkheads (the low                                                             maintained. Sheets of glass should
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    wall area under a storefront window)                                                           generally be no less than five feet
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                                                                                                   of the original storefront design
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                                                                                                   and should also be maintained.
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                                                                                                   Clear glass should be used for
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                                                                                                   storefront windows; glass block
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                                                                                                   and tinted, spandrel, mirrored
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                                                    pattern and spacing of piers/columns
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                                                    and storefront openings                        avoided. Window framing systems
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                                                    DON’T reduce the size, cover over, block
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                                                    or fill in original storefront openings
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                                                    DON’T use sheets of glass with less than       should generally be painted dark
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                                                    a five-foot width in storefront display
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                                                    windows
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                                                    DON’T use solid doors, glass block             should be avoided.
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                                                    or tinted, opaque or mirrored glass
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                                                    DON’T add bulkheads (the low wall area
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                                                    under a storefront window) more than
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                                                    24 inches high
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SIGNS




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The major purpose of a commercial




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sign is to identify a business and




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its merchandise and services.




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Signs should not be large and




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overbearing or cluttered with




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excessive information. They should                                                         DON’T mount signs in areas where they




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                                                                                           cover up windows or decorative features
be simple and coordinated with




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other neighboring signs. Randomly




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located signs, signs containing                                                            DON’T size or locate signs so that




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too much information, too many


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                                                                                           storefront openings, sign panels or


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signs, and signs that are too large                                                        “sign bands” (the wall area above

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for individual shops and compact
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                                                                                           the storefront window)
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neighborhood shopping areas              ○

                                                                                           DON’T install roof signs, signs
are often hard to read and easily
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                                                                                           with moving or flashing parts,
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missed by pedestrian shoppers                                                              or projecting signs that project more
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and drivers. Such signs can give
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                                                                                           than five feet from the face of the
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local shopping areas a cluttered,                                                          building or extend above the roof line
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confusing and unattractive image.
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                                                                                           DON’T use letters more than
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Simple signs with a consistent                                                             30 inches high
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size and location from one store-
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                                                                                           DON’T clutter the building with
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front to the next make locating                                                            too many signs, affix paper signs
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businesses easier. Moveable,
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                                                                                           to the storefront windows or use
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flashing LED signs should also                                                             materials that are not high quality
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                                                                                           and durable, such as plywood, plastic
be avoided.
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                                                                                           or Styrofoam
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Signs on the same building should                                                          DON’T use freestanding signs or poles
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                                                                                           more than 15 feet high or that project
have a consistent location, size,
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                                                                                           over the public right-of-way
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and overall pattern and be compat-
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ible with one another.
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Signs should be constructed out
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of durable high-quality materials,
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and should be kept well main-
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tained. Plywood, plastic and
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Styrofoam should not be used.
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Signs may be illuminated using
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external lighting fixtures such as            DO establish a consistent location
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gooseneck lamps, but the fixtures             and size for all signs on the same building
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should be simple, unobtrusive and            DO use neon or simple external lighting
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not obscure the graphics of the              like gooseneck fixtures when illuminating
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                                             signs; for backlit signs, only illuminate
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sign. Signs with internal illumina-
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                                             the letters of the sign (rather than the
tion should have opaque face
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                                             entire face of the sign)
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panels with routed letters, so that
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                                             DO conceal electrical transformer boxes,
only the letters are backlit (rather
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                                             conduit and electrical raceways
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than the entire face of the sign).
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                                             DO reuse and restore historic signs
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                                             when possible
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Types of Signs. Signs with indi-
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vidual letters (e.g., channel, cutout,
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and neon letters) are strongly
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encouraged, and individual letters
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should generally not be more than
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30 inches high. Large projecting
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                                                                                                                                     5
        signs can overwhelm a building and




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        should generally be avoided. Small




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        projecting signs and banners,




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        however, can create visual interest




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        and are encouraged. Freestanding




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        monument signs should be simple




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        in design and not exceed 15 feet




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        in height or project over the public




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        right-of-way.




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        Signs for prior businesses, illegal




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        signs, roof signs, billboards and




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        unused structural sign supports




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        should all be removed. Portable




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        signs and large signs on upper




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        facades should be avoided. Rooftop




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        signs on or above the parapet or




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        cornice of buildings, billboards and




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        other outdoor advertising signs




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        painted or mounted on structures




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        should be strictly avoided.




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        Temporary signs should advertise

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        short-term sale promotions only,
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        and paper signs should generally
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        be avoided. Temporary signs should
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        not be placed on any part of the
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        building except in display windows,
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        and should not occupy more than
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        25% of a window area. It is easier
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        for shoppers to read a few simple,
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        well-placed sale signs than to try
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        to read a display window cluttered
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        with many signs.
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        The reuse and restoration
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        of historic signs is strongly
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        encouraged. If historic signs
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        are to be retained, they should be
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        refurbished and restored. Lettering
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        may be modified to reflect the
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        current business.
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        Electrical transformer boxes,
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        conduit, and raceways should
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        all be concealed from public view.
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        If a raceway cannot be mounted
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        internally (on the inside of the
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        building), the exposed metal
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        surfaces of the raceway should be
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        finished to match the background
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        wall or integrated into the overall
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        design of the sign. Unused electrical
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        equipment should be removed.
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6
AWNINGS

Awnings should be mounted in a         Illuminated Awnings. “Bubble”
location that respects the original    awnings and other types of awnings
design of the building, such as        where the entire awning is backlit
storefront bays, piers and columns,    or illuminated should not be used.
decorative moldings, and window
and door patterns. In general,         Signs on awnings should be on
awnings should not obscure piers,      the horizontal valance (or awning
columns, and decorative features       flap) of the awning. Signs may also
such as terra-cotta ornament and       be on the main panels of the
metal grillwork. Awnings should be     awning, but such signs should not
designed to project over individual    cover the entire awning with words,
window and door openings and not       phone numbers, etc.
be a continuous feature extending
over masonry piers or arches or up
                                                                                 RETRACTABLE AWNING—Encouraged
the facade of the building. Awnings
                                       ○
                                       ○




should be mounted within the
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actual window or door opening,
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on the wood or metal framing
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(not on the wall surrounding
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the opening). In storefronts with
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transom windows, awnings were
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often mounted on the horizontal
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                                                                                 SHED-TYPE AWNING—Encouraged
framing bar separating the lower
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and upper portions of the window.
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Awnings should have a minimum
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clearance of 7’- 6" above the
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sidewalk.
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Types of Awnings. Retractable
                                       ○
                                       ○




awnings and shed-type awnings
                                       ○




are strongly encouraged. Awnings
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                                                                                 BUBBLE AWNING— Not Acceptable
                                       ○




without end panels are more
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transparent and allow better views
                                       ○
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into the storefronts. Awnings
                                       ○




should project out at least 3 feet
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and not be steeply pitched. Convex
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or box awnings should generally
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not be used; convex (bullnose or
                                       ○
                                       ○




domed) awnings may, however, be
                                       ○




appropriate for some locations with
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                                            DO mount awnings within individual     DON’T use awnings that extend up the
                                       ○




round-arched window and door                bays or storefront openings            building wall, cover decorative features,
                                       ○




openings. Awnings should be of                                                     or stretch continuously across masonry
                                       ○




                                            DO use retractable or traditional
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                                                                                   piers or arches
woven cloth fabric, not vinyl, metal        shed-type awnings; for storefront
                                       ○




or rubber. “Bubble” awnings or
                                       ○




                                            windows with transoms, awnings         DON’T use “bubble” awnings, exagger-
                                       ○




awnings that extend up the front            should be mounted on transom bars      ated-shaped awnings, elongated bullnose
                                       ○




                                            (the awning flap) or small logos        entrance canopies or canopy supports
of a building, that cover decorative
                                       ○




                                            on the awning itself                   attached to the sidewalk
                                       ○




features, or that have an exagger-
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ated scale, should not be used.             DO use awnings of woven cloth          DON’T use metal, vinyl or rubber
                                       ○
                                       ○




                                            or linen fabric, and limit signs       awnings, or awnings that are internally
Elongated bullnose entrance
                                       ○




                                            on awnings to the valance              illuminated or covered with signs, phone
                                       ○




canopies and canopies with side-            (the awning flap) or small logos        numbers, etc.
                                       ○




walk supports should not be used.           on the awning itself
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                                                                                                                               7
        CITY PERMIT INFORMATION




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        BUILDING PERMITS



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        Building permits are issued by the Department of Buildings, City Hall,



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        Room 800, 121 North LaSalle Street, (312) 744-6479. Permits are required

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        for all additions, alterations and new construction, as well as most types
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        of repair work. For example, replacing windows or storefronts, or a change
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        in the number of doors and windows, would all require a building permit;
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        likewise, concrete and masonry work also requires a building permit.
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        Building permits must be clearly displayed at the construction site.
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        Architectural drawings are not required for most facade-only improve-
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        ments; in most instances a rough design sketch will suffice. In instances
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        where a substantial amount of work is to be done such as structural
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        changes, installation of new window framing, the change of the fire rating
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        on a part of the facade, or a change in the size of windows, the Depart-
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        ment of Buildings may, however, require a set of architectural drawings.
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        BARRICADE PERMITS
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        A permit is required for setting up a barricade for work. Tuckpointing
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        and cleaning of brick masonry does not normally require a barricade
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        permit. Barricade permits are issued by the Department of Transportation,
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        Construction Compliance, City Hall, Room 802, 121 North LaSalle Street,
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        (312) 744-4652.
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        AWNINGS AND CANOPIES
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        Awnings or canopies that extend two feet or more over the public right-
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        of-way require a permit from the Department of Revenue, Compensation
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        Unit, 333 South State Street, Room 310, (312) 747-9035. This permit can
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        only be issued after the City Council has passed a special ordinance for
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        the awning or canopy (allow at least 12 weeks for issuance of the permit).
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        A permit for an awning or canopy that extends less than two feet over the
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        public right-of-way can be issued by the Department of Buildings.
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        ELECTRICAL PERMITS
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        Electrical permits are required for light fixtures, neon signs, and lighted
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        window displays. Electrical permits are issued by the Department
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        of Buildings, Electrical Inspections, City Hall, Room 803, 121 North
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        LaSalle Street, (312) 744-3460.
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        For more information about City permits, contact
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        Mayor Daley’s Business Express at (312) 744-CITY.
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