Property Finder

Property Finder shows developable land in Cook County: Chicago-owned land, vacant parcels, parking lots, and brownfields.

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Buying government-owned land

The City of Chicago has three property-acquisition programs:

  1. Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition Program (ANLAP), for property owners who live next to the desired city-owned parcel (cannot redevelop until after 10 years)
  2. Large Lots, similar to ANLAP but neighborhood specific and each parcel costs $1 (cannot redevelop until after 5 years)
  3. Negotiated Sale Program (NSP), an application and bidding process to acquire land for redevelopment

The Cook County Land Bank Authority also owns vacant land in Chicago, and 12 other municipalities. View our map of those properties, and learn how to apply to purchase one.

Train stations and car parking (TOD)

The City of Chicago provides relief for zoning-required parking if your development is near a train station. Nationally this is called "transit oriented development" but "transit served location" in the Chicago zoning code. The Metropolitan Planning Council has more information on its Transit Oriented Development (TOD) website. We show parking lots (in orange) to highlight developable land.

Parking minimum reductions and density bonuses are applicable to properties:

  • within 2,640 feet of a CTA or Metra station if the property is on a Pedestrian Street
  • else, within 1,320 feet of a CTA or Metra train station

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The dataset of city-owned land was last updated August 2, 2016.

The city-owned land dataset doesn't have a map. You can download our map for GIS programs and Google Earth in our Map & Data Store.

Vacant parcels data is derived from our property taxes database, identified by the Cook County Assessor, and is current for the 2015 tax year. Data for the 2016 tax year will be published in the middle of 2017.

Contact us if you want more data, or need help downloading or using the data.

Last updated

Parking lot and brownfields data was last updated February 5, 2017.

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