Compare Chicago Cityscape and CoStar
Many of our members use both Chicago Cityscape and CoStar to get the full depth of information they need to be successful
What CoStar does well
- CoStar helps someone find commercial property to rent or buy
- CoStar helps users understand markets (geographic or property type) to understand comps
What Chicago Cityscape does exclusively
Chicago Cityscape focuses on supplementing CoStar in many ways and exceeding it in others. We gather data from hundreds of local sources so you can understand nearly everything about a building and the built environment.
- Transit - For Chicago properties, Chicago Cityscape will determine eligibility for the "TOD" ordinance, officially called "Transit-Served Location".
- Housing - The automated Zoning Assessment estimates the number of dwelling units allowed on a given parcel, as well as points out Affordable Requirements Ordinance rules (including the five Pilot Areas).
- Parking and zoning standards - The automated Zoning Assessment will create a Zoning Matrix that can be used by architects to conduct feasibility studies, and list basic bulk and density standards.
- Building permits and violations - As part of due diligence, understand what work has been permitted (buildings permits in Chicago since 2006) and what work was found to be done without a permit (building violations in Chicago since 2001).
- Development + financial incentives - A first on any data platform focused on Chicago, Cook County, and Illinois, Chicago Cityscape will determine if a property is potentially eligible for any of several dozens of financial & development incentives.
- Outlook on nearby development under construction or coming soon - Our exclusive "Proposed Projects" map shows new construction & renovation projects that require zoning change approval, which means you'll know what's coming down the pipeline months before permits are issued.
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