The Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) is charged with enforcing the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance. The Commission investigates complaints to determine whether discrimination may have occurred, and uses its enforcement powers to punish acts of discrimination.

Harassment in Public Accommodations

With summer in full swing, and as stores, bars, and restaurants enjoy an uptick in customer activity, it is important to keep in mind that is the affirmative duty of all business to keep their facilities free of harassment on the basis of membership in a “protected class,” such as race, gender, disability, and religion.  Businesses have an obligation to maintain an environment free from harassment, including slurs and other verbal or physical conduct relating to an individual’s membership in a protected class.

For more information, check out our handout on Harassment in Public Accommodations


The CCHR Accepts Email Filings

The Commission accepts filing of complaints and other documents by e-mail.  For more information, click the following link.

Email Service and Filing Regulations


You Can Submit a Service Request to the CCHR Online

Simply click on the following link and select Discrimination/Hate Crimes Assistance under the Service Type drop-box menu:

Human Relations Service Requests

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Commission on Human Relations

  • Phone: 312.744.4111
    Toll Free:
    TTY: 312.744.1088
    Fax: 312.744.1081
  • 740 North Sedgwick Street
    Suite 400
    Chicago, IL 60654   
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