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 should include the following information:
Please provide details and specifics about the information you are requesting, including location, date and/or date range. Also indicate in your request how you would like the information sent to you (e.g., fax, email, regular mail).
Click here for access to a FOIA request form. 311 FOIA Requests should be submitted to:
M. D. Ward
311 City Services
2111 W. Lexington Street
Chicago, IL 60612
Please note all FOIA requests are posted online. FOIA requests are public information. When you submit a FOIA request, your name and information about the request will be made available on the City's website.