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.
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.
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.
Congressional districts added
Posted Sunday, January 29, 2017
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.
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.
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.
New property tax data was added
Posted Friday, January 13, 2017
We assisted Chicago Tribune in obtaining data
Posted Sunday, December 25, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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".
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.
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.
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.
Latest blog posts
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
We made two changes to improve how Pro members receive notifications for companies, including contractors, architects, and owners.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
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.
Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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).