Below are excerpts from "Chapter 8-8 Public Morals" of the Chicago Code of Ordinances.
Indecent acts and words.
person who shall commit any indecent, lewd, or filthy
act in any public place in the city; who shall utter
any lewd or filthy words,
sing any song the words of which are suggestive of
indecency or immorality, or use any threatening or
abusive language in the hearing
of other persons; who shall make any obscene gesture
in the presence of other persons; or, who shall make
any overture of lewdness,
tending to pervert the morals of any person, upon
or in the public ways or other public places or in
any public conveyance in the city,
is hereby declared to be a common nuisance and shall
be fined not to
exceed $200.00 for each offense.
Indecent exposure or dress.
person who shall appear, bathe, sunbathe, walk or be in any public
park, playground, beach or the waters adjacent thereto, or any school
facility and the area adjacent thereto, or any municipal building and
the areas adjacent thereto, or any public way within the City of
Chicago in such a manner that the genitals, vulva, pubis, pubic hair,
buttocks, perineum, anus, anal region, or pubic hair region of any
person, or any portion of the breast at or below the upper edge of
the areola thereof of any female person, is exposed to public view or
is not covered by an opaque covering, shall be fined not less than
$20.00 nor more than $500.00 for each offense.
Material harmful to minors unlawful.
the purposes of this section the following words shall be defined as
"Minor" means any person under the age of 18 years.
"Nudity" means the showing of the human male or female
genitals, pubic area or buttocks with less than a fully opaque
covering, or the showing of the female breast with less than a full
opaque covering of any portion thereof below the top of the nipple,
or the depiction of covered male genitals in a discernible turgid
"Sexual conduct" includes any of the following depicted
Any act of sexual intercourse, actual or simulated, including
genital, anal-genital, or oral-genital intercourse, whether between
human beings or between a human being and an animal;
Sadomasochistic abuse, meaning flagellation or torture by or upon a
person who is nude or clad in undergarments or in a revealing costume
or the condition of being fettered, bound or otherwise physically
restricted on the part of one so clothed;
Masturbation or lewd exhibitions of the genitals including any
explicit, closeup representation of a human genital organ;
Physical contact or simulated physical contact with the clothed or
unclothed pubic areas or buttocks of a human male or female, or the
breasts of the female, whether alone or between members of the same
or opposite sex or between humans and animals in an act of apparent
sexual stimulation or gratification;
An act of sexual assault where physical violence or drugs are
employed to overcome the will of or achieve the consent of a person
to an act of sexual conduct and the effects or results of the
violence or drugs are shown.
"Sexual excitement" means the condition of
human male or female genitals when in a state of sexual
stimulation or arousal;
(e) "Harmful to minors" means
that quality of any description or representation
in whatever form, or nudity, sexual conduct, or
sexual excitement, when it:
Predominantly appeals to the prurient, shameful, or morbid interest
of minors in sex; and
Is patently offensive to contemporary standards in the adult
community as a whole with respect to what is suitable sexual material
for minors; and
Taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political or
"Knowingly" means having general knowledge of, or reason to
know, or a belief or ground for belief which warrants further
inspection or inquiry or both.
B. It is
unlawful for any person knowingly to sell or loan for monetary
consideration to a minor any written, photographic, printed, sound,
published material or videotape, or similar visual representation or
image of a person or portion of the human body which depicts nudity,
sexual conduct, or sexual excitement and which is harmful to minors.