(A) Adult Arcade means any place to which the pub­lic is per­mit­ted or invit­ed where­in coin-oper­at­ed, slug-oper­at­ed, or for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion, or elec­tron­i­cal­ly, elec­tri­cal­ly, or mechan­i­cal­ly con­trolled still or motion pic­ture machines, pro­jec­tors, video or laser disc play­ers, or oth­er image-pro­­duc­ing devices are main­tained to show images to five or few­er per­sons per machine at any one time, and where the images so dis­played are dis­tin­guished or char­ac­ter­ized by the depict­ing or describ­ing of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(B) Adult Book­store, Adult Nov­el­ty Store or Adult Video Store means a com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which, as one of its prin­ci­pal pur­pos­es, offers for sale or rental for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion any one or more of the following:

  1. Books, mag­a­zines, peri­od­i­cals or oth­er print­ed mat­ter, or pho­tographs, films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes or video repro­duc­tions, slides, or oth­er visu­al rep­re­sen­ta­tions which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas”; or
  2. Instru­ments, devices, or para­pher­na­lia which are designed for use in con­nec­tion with “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activities.”

A com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment may have oth­er prin­ci­pal busi­ness pur­pos­es that do not involve the offer­ing for sale or rental of mate­r­i­al depict­ing or describ­ing “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” and still be cat­e­go­rized as Adult Book­store, Adult Nov­el­ty Store, or Adult Video Store.  Such oth­er busi­ness pur­pos­es will not serve to exempt such com­mer­cial estab­lish­ments from being cat­e­go­rized as an Adult Book­store, Adult Nov­el­ty Store, or Adult Video Store so long as one of its prin­ci­pal busi­ness pur­pos­es is the offer­ing for sale or rental for con­sid­er­a­tion the spec­i­fied mate­ri­als which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(C) Cabaret means a night­club, bar, restau­rant, or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which reg­u­lar­ly features:

  1. Per­sons who appear in a state of nudi­ty or semi-nude; or
  2. Live per­for­mance which are char­ac­ter­ized by the expo­sure of “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” or by “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties”; or
  3. Films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes, slides or oth­er pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(D) Adult Motel means a hotel, motel or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which:

  1. Offers accom­mo­da­tions to the pub­lic for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion; pro­vides patrons with closed-cir­cuit tele­vi­sion trans­mis­sions, films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes, slides, or oth­er pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas”; and has a sign vis­i­ble from the pub­lic right of way which adver­tis­es the avail­abil­i­ty of this adult type of pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions; or
  2. Offers a sleep­ing room for rent for a peri­od of time that is less than ten (10) hours; or
  3. Allows a ten­ant or occu­pant of a sleep­ing room to sub­rent the room for a peri­od of time that is less than ten (10) hours.

(E) Adult Motion Pic­ture The­ater means a com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment where, for any form of con­sid­er­a­tion, films, motion pic­tures, video cas­settes, slikes, or sim­i­lar pho­to­graph­ic repro­duc­tions are reg­u­lar­ly shown which are char­ac­ter­ized by the depic­tion or descrip­tion of “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activ­i­ties” or “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas.”

(F) Adult The­ater means a the­ater, con­cert hall, audi­to­ri­um, or sim­i­lar com­mer­cial estab­lish­ment which reg­u­lar­ly fea­tures per­sons who appear in a state of nudi­ty or semi-nude, or live per­for­mances which are char­ac­ter­ized by the expo­sure of “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” or by “spec­i­fied sex­u­al activities.”

(G) Employ­ee means a per­son who per­forms any ser­vice on the premis­es of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness on a full-time, part-time or con­tract basis, whether or not the per­son is denom­i­cat­ed an employ­ee, inde­pen­dent con­trac­tor, agent or oth­er­wise and whether or not said per­son is paid a salary, wage or oth­er com­pen­sa­tion by the oper­a­tor of said busi­ness.  Employ­ee does not include a per­son exclu­sive­ly on the premis­es for repair or main­te­nance of the premis­es or equip­ment on the premis­es, or for the deliv­ery of goods to the premises.

(H) Escort means a per­son who, for con­sid­er­a­tion, agrees or offers to act as a com­pan­ion, guide, or date for anoth­er per­son, or who agrees or offers to pri­vate­ly mod­el lin­gerie or to pri­vate­ly per­form a striptease for anoth­er person.

(I) Escort Agency means a per­son or busi­ness asso­ci­a­tion who fur­nish­es, offers to fur­nish, or adver­tis­es to fur­nish escorts as one of its pri­ma­ry busi­ness pur­pos­es for a fee, tip, or oth­er consideration.

(J) Estab­lish­ment means and includes any of the following:

  1. The open­ing or com­mence­ment of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness as a new business;
  2. The con­ver­sion of an exist­ing busi­ness, whether or not a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness, to any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business;
  3. The addi­tions of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness to any oth­er exist­ing sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness; or
  4. The relo­ca­tion of any sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(K) Licensee means a per­son in whose name a license to oper­ate a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness has been issued, as well as the indi­vid­ual list­ed as an appli­cant on the appli­ca­tion for a licensee; and in the case of an employ­ee, a per­son in whose name a license has been issued autho­riz­ing employ­ment in a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed business.

(L) Nude Mod­el Stu­dio means any place where a per­son who appears semi-nude, in a state of nudi­ty, or who dis­plays “spec­i­fied anatom­i­cal areas” and is pro­vid­ed to be observed, sketched, drawn, paint­ed, sculp­tured, pho­tographed, or sim­i­lar­ly depict­ed by oth­er per­sons who pay mon­ey or any form of con­sid­er­a­tion.  Nude Mod­el Stu­dio shall not include a pro­pri­etary school licensed by the State of Illi­nois or a col­lege, junior col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty sup­port­ed entire­ly or in part by pub­lic tax­a­tion; a pri­vate col­lege or uni­ver­si­ty which main­tains and oper­ates edu­ca­tion­al pro­grams in which cred­its are trans­fer­able to a col­lege, junior col­lege, or uni­ver­si­ty sup­port­ed entire­ly or part­ly by tax­a­tion; or in a structure:

  1. That has no sign vis­i­ble from the exte­ri­or of the struc­ture and no oth­er adver­tis­ing that indi­cates a nude or semi-nude per­son is avail­able for view­ing; and
  2. Where in order to par­tic­i­pate in a class a stu­dent must enroll at least three (3) days in advance of the class; and
  3. Where no more than one (1) nude or semi-nude mod­el is on the premis­es at any one time.

(M) Nudi­ty or a State of Nudi­ty means the show­ing of the human male or female gen­i­tals, pubic area, vul­va, anus, anal cleft or cleav­age with less than a ful­ly opaque cov­er­ing, the show­ing of the female breast with less than a ful­ly opaque cov­er­ing of any part of the nip­ple, or the show­ing of the cov­ered male gen­i­tals in a dis­cernibly turgid state.

(N) Per­son means an indi­vid­ual, pro­pri­etor­ship, part­ner­ship, cor­po­ra­tion, asso­ci­a­tion, or oth­er legal entity.

(O) Semi-Nude or in a Semi-Nude Con­di­tion means the show­ing of the female breast below a hor­i­zon­tal line across the top of the are­o­la at its high­est point or the show­ing of the male or female but­tocks.  This def­i­n­i­tion shall include the entire low­er por­tion of the human female breast, but shall not include any por­tion of the cleav­age of the human female breast, exhib­it­ed by the dress, blouse, skirt, leo­tard, bathing suit, or oth­er wear­ing appar­el pro­vid­ed the are­o­la is not exposed in whole or in part.

(P) Sex­u­al Encounter Cen­ter means a busi­ness or com­mer­cial enter­prise that, as one of its prin­ci­pal busi­ness pur­pos­es, offers for any form of consideration:

  1. Phys­i­cal con­tact in the form of wrestling or tum­bling between per­sons of the oppo­site sex; or
  2. Activ­i­ties between male and female per­sons and/or per­sons of the same sex when one or more of the per­sons is in a state of nudi­ty or semi-nude.
  3. (Q) Sex­u­al­ly Ori­ent­ed Busi­ness means an adult arcade, adult book­store, adult nov­el­ty store, adult video store, adult cabaret, adult motel, adult motion pic­ture the­ater, adult the­ater, escort agency, nude mod­el stu­dio, or sex­u­al encounter center.

(R) Spec­i­fied Anatom­i­cal Areas means:

  1. The human male gen­i­tals in a dis­cernibly turgid state, even if com­plete­ly and opaque­ly cov­ered; or
  2. Less than com­plete­ly and opaque­ly cov­ered human gen­i­tals, pubic region, but­tocks or a female breast below a point imme­di­ate­ly above the top of the areola.

(S) Spec­i­fied Crim­i­nal Activ­i­ty means any of the fol­low­ing offenses:

  1. Pros­ti­tu­tion or pro­mo­tion of pros­ti­tu­tion; dis­sem­i­na­tion of obscen­i­ty; sale, dis­tri­b­u­tion or dis­play of harm­ful mate­r­i­al to a minor; sex­u­al per­for­mance by a child; pos­ses­sion or dis­tri­b­u­tion of child pornog­ra­phy; pub­lic lewd­ness; inde­cent expo­sure; inde­cen­cy with a child; engag­ing in orga­nized crim­i­nal activ­i­ty; sex­u­al assault; molesta­tion of a child; gam­bling; assault, bat­tery, or domes­tic bat­tery; mob action; hate crime; or pos­ses­sion or dis­tri­b­u­tion of a con­trolled sub­stance; or any sim­i­lar offens­es to those described above under the crim­i­nal or penal code of oth­er states or countries;
  2. For which:
    • less than two (2) years have elapsed since the date of con­vic­tion or the date of release from con­fine­ment imposed for the con­vic­tion, whichev­er is the lat­er date, if the con­vic­tion is of a mis­de­meanor offense;
    • less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of con­vic­tion or the date of release from con­fine­ment for the con­vic­tion, whichev­er is the lat­er date, if the con­vic­tion is of a felony offense; or
    • less than five (5) years have elapsed since the date of the last con­vic­tion or the date of release from con­fine­ment for the last con­vic­tion, whichev­er is the lat­er date, if the con­vic­tions are of two (2) or more mis­de­meanor offens­es or com­bi­na­tion of mis­de­meanor offens­es occur­ring with­in any twen­­ty-four (24) month period.
  3. The fact that a con­vic­tion is being appealed shall have no effect on the dis­qual­i­fi­ca­tion of the appli­cant or a per­son resid­ing with the applicant.

(T) Spec­i­fied Sex­u­al Activ­i­ties means any of the following:

  1. The fondling or oth­er erot­ic touch­ing of human gen­i­tals, pubic region, but­tocks, anus, or female breasts;
  2. Sex acts, nor­mal or per­vert­ed, actu­al or sim­u­lat­ed, includ­ing inter­course, oral cop­u­la­tion, mas­tur­ba­tion, or sodomy; or
  3. Excre­to­ry func­tions as part of or in con­nec­tion with any of the activ­i­ties set forth in (1) through (2) above.

(U) Sub­stan­tial Enlarge­ment of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness means the increase in floor areas occu­pied by the busi­ness by more than twen­­ty-five per­cent (25%), as the floor areas exist on the date this Code takes effect.

(V) Trans­fer of Own­er­ship or Con­trol of a sex­u­al­ly ori­ent­ed busi­ness means and includes any of the following:

  1. The sale, lease, or sub­lease of the business;
  2. The trans­fer of secu­ri­ties which con­sti­tute a con­trol­ling inter­est in the busi­ness, whether by sale, exchange, or sim­i­lar means; or
  3. The estab­lish­ment of a trust, gift, or oth­er sim­i­lar legal device which trans­fers the own­er­ship or con­trol of the busi­ness, except for trans­fer by bequest or oth­er oper­a­tion of law upon the death of the per­son pos­sess­ing the own­er­ship or control.