The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is a state law that provides citizens with access to public records. Each City department is a separate agency responsible for maintaining its own records, so requests should be submitted to the department that maintains the records you want.
All Freedom of Information requests submitted to City of Chicago departments must include the following information:
FOIA requests may be submitted by fax, mail or in person. Requests by email are preferred. A copying fee for documents of 15 cents per page will be assessed after the first 50 pages. The documents below are available without submitting a request.
FOIA requests involving the following information should be addressed to the individuals listed below.
Specific Special Service Area information
Economic disclosure statements
Contractual wage information
Community program information
Real estate appraisals
Fax: (312) 744-2271
Mail: Antonio Binns, HED FOIA Officer
Zoning violation information
Department of Water records
Part II approvals
Zoning Board of Appeals resolutions
Fax: (312) 744-6552
Mail: Karen Bates, HED FOIA Officer
Please note that all FOIA requests are posted online. FOIA requests are public information, and when you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City's website.
Please be specific about the information being requested and indicate exact locations and dates. Also indicate how the information should be provided (via email, mail, or pick-up).