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Downtown Area Custom Place


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Construction progresses on Rush University Hospital's new outpatient care center building and the pedestrian bridge that connects it to Rush's main hospital building.  (1520 W Harrison St, Chicago, IL)
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Properties without a taxpayer name are likely tax exempt. Some properties have a blue "Chicago-owned land" label. To find all Chicago-owned land, past and present, use the "Chicago-owned land" map below. Building age data is not always reliable. This feature was supported by the Metropolitan Planning Council.

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About this Place
The downtown area is defined in 17-1-1500-A of the Municipal Code of Chicago. It was expanded once in June 2016, once in July 2017, and once in November 2017.
Source: Municipal Code of Chicago Map of Downtown Area designed by Chicago Cityscape

You're free to use our static map of Downtown Area, but please attribute Chicago Cityscape and link to this page.


About the Custom Place Place type

Downtown Area is one of 95 custom Place Places in our database. View all other custom Place Places.

Downtown Area spans 1 Illinois municipality:
> Chicago

Downtown Area spans 1 county:
> Cook

Downtown Area dimensions
  • The area of Downtown Area is 8.05 square miles / 5,153.24 acres
  • The 0 search/buffer area of Downtown Area is 8.1 square miles / 5,153.2 acres
  • The perimeter length of Downtown Area is 15.6 miles / 82,286.1 feet

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Surrounding Places Community context and Places that overlap or border Downtown Area

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Buildings data

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Building violations

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Chicago-owned properties

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Property Sales sales comps

Showing property sales & purchases in the Downtown Area in 2016-2021 (Q1 & Q2 of 2021)

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Affordable housing

Affordable housing in Chicago (subsidized)

Subsidized affordable housing developments in the Downtown Area

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Businesses

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Showing a sample of Chicago ordinances and zoning changes in the Downtown Area

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Zoning changes & Ordinances data from January 2011

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Other Data

Historic Resources Survey 1995 survey - orange & red-rated only

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Storage tanks

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Areas that overlap Downtown Area that offer development or financial incentives

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Opportunity Zones

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Sources

Custom Place map source: Various sources
Municipal Code of Chicago

The zoning map colorway comes from Second City Zoning.

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