Several Pedestrian Streets were created or amended in 2018.

A Pedestrian Street is a zoning designation that implements form-based use and design standards, e.g. minimum window sizes, no driveways or drive-throughs entrances at the front sidewalk. Land uses that are inconsistent with walkable environments, like having too many banks with drive throughs on a block, are banned or severely restricted.

A benefit to owners of property on a Pedestrian Street is that the property may be eligible for Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) density bonuses. Additionally, minimum parking requirements are reduced by 50% (the minimum parking requirement can be reduced further through one of several processes, depending on the circumstances). Instead of having to be in the normal 1,320 feet range of a CTA or Metra station, a property on an Pedestrian Street can be up to 2,640 feet away from the station.

The Pedestrian Streets added or extended in 2018 are:

  • Southport: Extended by 1 block south from Grace to Henderson (map)

  • Blue Island: Extended by 1 block south, from 19th to Cullerton (map)

  • 18th: Extended by 2 blocks to the east, from Racine to Sangamon (map)

  • Lincoln: New, from Webster to Belden (map)

  • Clark: New, 1 block from Ainslie to Argyle (map)

  • Ashland: New, for a single property (map)

What do these changes mean? Picture this: A business that has a parking requirement for four cars because it's up to 1,320 feet too far from a CTA or Metra station and is on a Pedestrian Streets would have its parking requirement reduced to two cars. The requirement can be further reduced, or eliminated, by receiving an Administrative Adjustment.

Contact MAPS to see if you can take advantage of these new Pedestrian Streets. Or, use Chicago Cityscape's Address Snapshot to look up if a property is on a block with a Pedestrian Street designation.

Ordinance: Various ordinances

The map above shows the location of all of Chicago’s Pedestrian Streets (a zoning designation, and not an international-style pedestrian-only shopping street); the streets are enlarged to ensure they’re visible.