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Equal Access to Restrooms

In 2016, the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance was been amended to expand protection to individuals utilizing public accommodations which are private in nature.  Businesses in Chicago are now prohibited from requiring customers to prove their gender through a government-issued identification in order to access private facilities, such as restrooms or locker rooms.    This amendment to Chicago Human Rights Ordinances means that owners and staff of businesses in Chicago must allow patrons to choose the restroom or other private facility of their choice, without being asked to offer any proof of their gender.

For more information, go to: Equal Access Consistent with a Person’s Gender Identity

The CCHR Accepts Email Filings

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

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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:

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Alerts (Commission on Human Relations)

Low Alert Jun 19, 2017 Statement on House Bill 3711 and IL Commission on Discrimination and Hate Crimes
Low Alert Jun 12, 2017 Statement on Non-Essential Travel to North Carolina and Participation in Registry Programs
Low Alert Jun 8, 2017 Public Announcement: Board Meeting Schedule Time Change
Low Alert Apr 26, 2017 Statement on the Issue of Hate Crimes
Low Alert Feb 7, 2017 Overview of New Disability Rights Regulations in Public Accommodations, Effective July 1, 2017

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Most Recent News (Commission on Human Relations)

Feb 3, 2017 Chairman and Commissioner Mona Noriega's Statement on the Passing of Rabbi Herman Schaalman
Jan 12, 2017 CCHR Approves Updated Disability Rights Regulations to Improve Access for All Individuals
Jan 9, 2017 CCHR Calls for Thoughtful Responses to Recent Hate Crime Made Public on Social Media
Oct 11, 2016 Chicago Commission on Human Relations Announces New Additions to Staff, Board and Equity Council
Jun 22, 2016 City Council Approves Measure to Protect Residents from Discrimination and Ensure Gender Equality
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Commission on Human Relations

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