What's new on Chicago Cityscape

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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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.

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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.

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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".

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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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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

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Find out when your property was annexed into Chicago or another municipality

A representation of the combined City Hall and Cook County administration building in 1908, which sits on a plat of land that was annexed from the county to the city in 1830. Source: UIC Library’s Flickr

A group of Cook County agencies released a cool new map last month to show areas of the county when they were annexed into a municipality. The map is based on historical (often paper) records.

We’ve incorporated this map into our... (continue reading).

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Chicago neighborhood news — Jan. 19

Moss Design’s first development project is called Logan Certified at 2857 W Diversey Ave.

Our regular collection of current and glossed over news includes 11 stories this week about TOD, preservation, eviction, NIMBYism, redeveloping abandoned housing, and a bigger distillery:

Moss Design, an architecture firm, ventures into real estate development for the first time, in Logan Square, and details the transformation of a former liquor store into “Logan Certified”Emanuel proposes a plan to train residents to rehab... (continue reading).

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Thousands of $1 Large Lots haven’t been applied for

The deadline for property owners to apply to purchase one of 3,844 city-owned lots near them for $1 in these 34 community areas is in 15 days and there are only 1,990 applications.

The worker’s cottage at 1307 S Talman Ave is adjacent to a Large Lot at 1313 S Talman Ave in North Lawndale. Photo by Gabriel X. Michael

That means 1,854 or more “Large Lots” haven&rsquo... (continue reading).

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