Time Out Chicago

March 22, 2009

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Time Out Chicago / Issue 212 : Mar 19–25, 2009

Closed encounters

Despite efforts to keep their venues legal, two arts purveyors have announced they’re going on hiatus.

Every morning for three-and-a-half years, Caroline Picard set out a sandwich board on the sidewalk in front of her Wicker Park gallery, Green Lantern (1511 N Milwaukee Ave), where she also lives. Then, one Friday in January, an inspector for the Department of Business Affairs and Licensing showed up on the doorstep of Green Lantern, tangling Picard in municipal red tape that’s forced her to announce she’s temporarily shutting down in June 2009. The inspector asked the volunteers on duty to produce a permit for the sidewalk sign. “Of course, I didn’t have one,” she says. As she later found out from visiting the alderman’s office, all sandwich boards are illegal.

The inspector also asked to see Picard’s business license, which she lacked. “I always assumed that because Green Lantern is a 501(c)(3), I didn’t need a business license,” she told the inspector. After snapping photographs of the space as evidence, the inspector fined Picard $440, a combination of the licensing and sandwich-board violations. (He also fined Picard’s landlord for the Singer Sewing machine sign in the front window, which wasn’t licensed.)

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