A-frame sandwich board signs are illegal in Chicago, but they're widely used anyway.
In Chicago, the A-frame in front of a small retail store or restaurant is exceedingly common, but technically they're illegal. Police can hit businesses with $100 dollar fines for displaying their signs without permits, even though there's not a simple way to get a permit.
A proposal in front of the city council would change that. "Ald. Scott Waguespack (32nd) on Thursday introduced an ordinance that would legalize sandwich board and A-frame signs as long as owners get a $250 two-year permit," Alisa Hauser reports for Block Club Chicago. These permits would come with some limits on what could be done with signage. Signs would not be allowed to be illuminated or placed within 30 feet of a crosswalk, among other limitations.
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