Comprehensive Sign Code Reform


The current sign code is burdensome, antiquated, and hampers the ability of local retailers to effectively brand and promote their business. Too often, area sign companies have been unable to provide Chicago stores, restaurants and other retailers the visual communications they need because of complicated sign regulations. Many small businesses can confirm that the sign code creates obstacles that impact their businesses.  Extensive revisions are sorely needed.

As other cities revamp their sign codes, the City of Chicago must also implement a code which is clear and straight-forward.  This sign code should be drafted in a manner which encourages economic development in Chicago and makes the City an attractive place to own a local business.  The new sign code should not be complicated to enforce. It should protect the safety of residents and integrity of local communities.

Chicago needs a set of sign regulations that empowers all businesses.  The Illinois Sign Association, Small Business Advocacy International Sign Association is willing and able to help Chicago officials draft new regulations that will finally bring the sign code in America’s third largest metropolitan area into the 21st century.

The SBAC has made headway on this issue, specifically as it relates to on-premise simple window sign guidance that came into effect on January 1, 2018. For full details, please review the documents below.

Related Documents:
SBAC On-Premise Window Sign Guidance
City of Chicago’s Business Owner’s Guide to On-Premise Signs
Signs of Change Coalition Page
A fine for a Yelp sticker? Sign ordinance no friend of small biz [Crain’s Chicago Business]