What's new on Chicago Cityscape

Property Finder has new data

Posted Sunday, February 5, 2017

We've refreshed the Property Finder map to show current known brownfields and parking lots, places that can be developed into better uses.

Locate your next development property

Updated school attendance boundaries

Posted Friday, February 3, 2017

We've updated our Places database to include Chicago Public Schools attendance boundaries for the current school year, and to show "preferential" boundaries for some charter schools.

Find one of 442 schools

Show recent "stop work orders"

Posted Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Chicago building inspectors will issue a "stop work order" when a contractor is performing work on a building without a permit, or beyond the scope of a permit.

See the list

Congressional districts added

Posted Sunday, January 29, 2017

Find out who your representative in Congress is, every time you search for any address in Illinois, or view any building permit.

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What's the blue figure?

Illinois State House and Senator names updated

Posted Thursday, January 26, 2017

There was an election two months ago and Chicago Cityscape now shows the newly sworn-in represenatives in the Illinois House and Senate.

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Police commaner names updated

Posted Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Police commanders have changed at many Chicago police districts over the past two years, but we were still showing the previous commanders' names.

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Violations now listed in your Place notifications

Posted Sunday, January 15, 2017

Our Place email notifications, which are sent out each morning when there's activity in a Place (ward, neighborhood, etc.) of your choosing, now include a list of buildings with unresolved violations that the city is taking the owners to administrative hearings.


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New property tax data was added

Posted Friday, January 13, 2017

We added 2015 property tax data to our database. 2015 is the latest year for which property tax data is available. 2016 data will be added in fall 2017.

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How you can use this data

We assisted Chicago Tribune in obtaining data

Posted Sunday, December 25, 2016

In addition to giving reporters complimentary Pro memberships, we also help the news media to obtain data to tell neighborhood development stories.

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How we helped the Tribune

Neighbors can now view a sample of property values

Posted Monday, December 19, 2016

Viewing and downloading property values and parcels by Place is currently only available to Pro members, but now all members can see a sample of what this looks like. Go to any Place and click the "Show property values" button next to the map.

See sample property values

Transit TIF district will support CTA modernization

Posted Sunday, December 18, 2016

A new kind of TIF district is in place on Chicago's North Side, a "transit TIF" from where the revenues are passed along to the Chicago Public Schools and the Red Purple Lines modernization project.

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Business activity codes available to Neighbors

Posted Monday, December 12, 2016

The business licenses table on each Place page now displays for Neighbors, too, to give them a preview of what Pro members get. The table now lists the city's activity codes that describe what kind of business that company does.

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List the businesses in Lakeview Chamber's area

Downtown and Central Business District maps

Posted Sunday, December 11, 2016

We've added maps for the "downtown area" and the Central Business District, both of which are defined by the city's municipal code.

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Read why the city designated these boundaries

Find and subscribe to a Place faster

Posted Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Our Places page – where we list over 2,800 neighborhoods, wards, community areas, and other kinds of boundaries – has been updated to be easily sorted by category. You can also subscribe to notifications in a Place with a single click.

Subscribe to a Place

New Links page

Posted Sunday, November 27, 2016

We've completely redesigned the Links page to include search, sorting, and tags. You can also suggest a new link (when signed in).

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Find our resources through Search

Posted Friday, November 25, 2016

We've made our collection of resources (including internal features and affordable housing developers) easier to find using the Search form by searching for a keyword. Try it above; search for "affordable housing" or "GIS".

Try a keyword search

Latest zoning map added

Posted Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Each Address Snapshot now shows the zoning class that was current as of September 23, 2016.

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Look up an address

Building violations map

Posted Sunday, November 20, 2016

For the longest time we've only presented building violations in bulk as a table. Now we show building violations on a full-screen map! Search by neighborhood, ward, or community area, and filter by date.

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See the violations map

Map of buildings in violations court

Posted Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Sometimes when a building owner doesn't resolve violations the city requires them to come to administrative hearings. This is a map of those buildings, which also lists the owners.

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Violations court map

Latest blog posts

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Pro members can now track contractors more efficiently

We made two changes to improve how Pro members receive notifications for companies, including contractors, architects, and owners.

Subscribe to a name so you can catch all of the different ways a company is spelled.
Fuzzy names

Many companies appear under many names, so you’d have to find all of the variations and subscribe to all of them to ensure you get the right notifications. Now, though, you can subscribe to a name search.

Take... (continue reading).

Thursday, April 20, 2017

We are turning three years old next month

Can you believe that the largest #opendata consumer in Chicago (us) has been around for three years now? What originally started as “Licensed Chicago Contractors.com” has become a place where over 4,500 people created a Neighbor account, received this newsletter today, and looked up over 200,000 addresses in Cook County over three years.

We will soon celebrate three years of alerting people... (continue reading).

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Fewer new housing permits in Chicago in January and February this year versus last

Photo of AMLI River North by Ian Freimuth.

The City of Chicago permitted 1,802 housing units in January and February in 2016, but only 1,335 in 2017, a reduction of 35 percent. However, 2017 has seen a 12 percent increase over 2015 levels.

Comparably, there were 37 percent more housing units permitted in 2016 than 2015, so it’s likely that 2017 will be more like 2016 than 2015. In 2015 there were 5,750 housing units permitted... (continue reading).

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