Clark Street zoning, maps, charts & more
Our neighborhood is known as one of the most vibrant and varied around, with shops ranging from small eclectic boutiques and ethnic eateries to local outposts of international retailers. This diversity in retail offerings is reflected in, even driven by, the range of zoning you’ll find in our dynamic corner of the city. Zoning within the Clark Street SSA consists of Residential Multi-Unit Districts (RM), Planned Development Districts (PD), Neighborhood Shopping Districts (B1), Community Shopping Districts (B3) and a Public Open Space District (POS).
Thinking about opening (or moving) your business?
You should know that the entire stretch of the Clark Street SSA is designated a Pedestrian Retail Street, which encourages foot traffic, supports shopping locally, and creates a retail ‘destination’ appeal. Several historic districts also extend along residential areas to the east and west of Clark Street and north of Diversey, adding even more beauty and texture to our extraordinary community and attracting additional visitors.
Each zoning category carries different regulations concerning the type of establishment that can operate within that location. Navigating these zoning regulations may appear challenging initially, but we’re here to help! We’ve put together several informative documents that explain the most salient factors to know vis-à-vis zoning. Start by reviewing the information below, or simply begin browsing available properties in our new interactive Clark Street map.
- Make it Yours: Doing Business on Clark Street in Lincoln Park - results of a study commissioned in 2015 (updated from a 2011 study), and a 2014 neighborhood survey to give potential business owners a snapshot of the Clark Street and Diversey Parkway area in the Lincoln Park neighborhood. This describes the demographic and spending profiles of the people who shop and inhabit the neighborhood. It also contains valuable information on attendance at area attractions, transportation information, available property lease rates, comparisons to other Chicago-area neighborhoods, and business opportunity estimates.
- Summary of zoning districts – describes and defines each of the zoning categories found in the Clark Street SSA, including explanations of the types of businesses or organizations allowed in each zone, along with related height, bulk and density restrictions.
- Existing zoning map – visually depicts the Clark Street SSA zoning districts including Commercial/Mixed, Planned Development, Public Space, Residential, Pedestrian Retail Street, and Historic District.
- Zoning district parking chart – each zoning district features its own specific requirements for automobile and bicycle parking; this chart provides a detailed overview of these requirements, broken down by business type as appropriate.
- Zoning district use chart – this chart outlines what types of residential, commercial, industrial, and public/civic organizations are permitted in each commercial and residential zoning district, and outlines when special permits are required; parking standards are also provided and include references to the zoning district parking chart above.
- Build out analysis – Floor Area Ratio (FAR), a measure of building density, indicates possible build-out potential of properties in the Clark Street SSA; this identifies where areas of build-out potential exist and divides these into five ‘tiers’ of possibility.
- Floor Area Ratio map – this map depicts the information in the above attachment in visual form.
Of course, we’re always here to talk to if you need additional assistance! Please contact the Director of Community Development Martin Sorge at the Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce.
Clark Street SSA #23c/o Lincoln Park Chamber of Commerce
1925 N. Clybourn, Suite 301
Chicago, IL 60614
Phone: (773) 880-5200
Fax: (773) 880-0266