Supporting Information List
City Services

Supporting Information

2015 Project Highlights


202-220 S. State St. Request For Proposals (RFP)
The Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) requests the submission of proposals from qualified master developer teams to purchase and redevelop federally owned commercial structures at 202, 212, 214 and 220 S. State St. Proposals are due May 1, 2017.


A Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs
"A Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs" was created by World Business Chicago under the direction of Mayor Rahm Emanuel to leverage the the city's unique economic assets.


Adjacent Neighbors Land Acquisition Program (ANLAP)
The Adjacent Neighbors land Acquisition Program (ANLAP) enables homeowners in certain areas of Chicago to purchase vacant, city-owned lots for less than market value.


Administrative Adjustments
Administrative adjustments are intended to provide a streamlined approval procedure for minor modifications of selected zoning standards.


Affordable Housing Plan Quarterly Reports
The Department of Planning and Development's quarterly housing reports present progress on the goals set forth in the City of Chicago's five-year affordable housing plan for the years 2009-2013. The plan, "Accepting the Challenge," commits $2.1 billion in resources to assist more than 50,000 households.


Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance
On July 19, 2007, the Chicago City Counsel passed the Affordable Housing Preservation Ordinance, amending Chapter 2-44 of the Chicago Municipal Code, by adding Section 2-44-111. This ordinance is currently in full force and effect.


Affordable Rental Housing Resource List
Affordable rental housing plays an important role in meeting the housing needs of low-income Chicagoans.


Affordable Requirements Ordinance
The City of Chicago's Affordable Requirements Ordinance requires residential developments that receive city financial assistance or involve city-owned land to provide a percentage of units at affordable prices.


Area Median Income (AMI) chart


Certificate of Zoning Compliance
A Certificate of Zoning Compliance certifies the number of residential dwelling units at the property that are legal under the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.


Chatham Commercial Design Guidelines


Chicago Development Fund
The Chicago Development Fund (CDF) is an Illinois not-for-profit corporation, and has qualified as a Community Development Entity as defined by the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.


Chicago Five-Year Housing Plan: 2014-2018
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is soliciting public feedback regarding the forthcoming five-year housing plan for 2014-2018.


Chicago Green Roofs
The City of Chicago's Green Roof dataset and corresponding map provides the location, satellite images, and square footage of existing green roofs within the City of Chicago.


Chicago Low-Income Housing Trust Fund
The Trust Fund serves Chicago's low-income working households, the disabled, the elderly, and countless homeless individuals and families.


Chicago Plan Commission
The Chicago Plan Commission is responsible for the review of proposals that involve Planned Developments (PDs), the Lakefront Protection Ordinance, Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMDs), Industrial Corridors and Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.


Chicago Sustainable Development Policy
The Chicago Sustainable Development Policy has been continually implemented since June 2004. The goal of the policy is to enhance the sustainable performance of projects receiving City assistance. It requires development projects that are receiving financial assistance or special approvals from the City to include sustainable elements.


Chicago Sustainable Development Policy Handbook


City-Owned Historic Buildings For Sale
Historic properties owned by the City of Chicago and available for redevelopment.


City-Owned Historic Buildings For Sale
City-owned properties available for redevelopment.


City-Owned Land Inventory
A Negotiated Sale is a process that facilitates the sale of City-owned properties. The City of Chicago makes real estate available for purchase and redevelopment, and the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) is one of the City departments authorized to accept purchase applications.


Citywide Adopt-A-Landmark Fund


Citywide Retail Market Analysis
This abbreviated version of the Citywide Retail Market Analysis includes 16 submarket profiles that represent Chicago’s neighborhood retail activity.


Commission on Chicago Landmarks
The Commission on Chicago Landmarks is responsible for recommending buildings, structures, sites and districts for legal protection as official Chicago landmarks.


Community Area 2000 Census Profiles
The following Community Area maps include tables that show demographic profiles compiled in 1990 and 2000 by the U. S. Census Bureau, and feature data changes in population, housing, social, and economic characteristics.


Community Area 2000 and 2010 Census Population Comparisons
The following table compares the City's population compiled in 2000 and 2010 by the U. S. Census Bureau and arranged by Community Area.


Community Development Commission
The Community Development Commission (CDC) was established by the Chicago City Council in 1992 to assume the duties of the former Commercial District Development Commission and the Department of Urban Renewal. The CDC reviews and recommends action on TIF-related matters. It is comprised of 15 members appointed by the Mayor and confirmed by City Council.


Community and Strategic Plans
Information on Community and Strategic Plans


DPD Project Highlights
Highlights of recent Department of Planning and Development neighborhood development and affordable housing projects.


Delegate Agency Documents
Delegate Agency documents to process contracts online.


Demolition Delay
The Demolition-Delay Ordinance, adopted by City Council in 2003, establishes a hold of up to 90 days in the issuance of any demolition permit for certain historic buildings in order that the Department of Zoning and Land Use Planning can explore options, as appropriate, to preserve the building, including but not limited to landmark designation.


Economic Development Incentives
The department administers various business assistance programs for new and expanding companies.


Enterprise Zone Program
The Enterprise Zone Program provides state and city incentives to help local businesses expand. Enterprise zones are geographic areas designated by the city and certified by the state of Illinois to receive various tax incentives and other benefits.


File a Planning and Development FOIA Request
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.


Foreclosure Prevention/Home Ownership Preservation Initiatives (HOPI)
The Home Ownership Preservation Initiative (HOPI) is a partnership between the City of Chicago, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, and key lending, investment and mortgage servicing institutions doing business in Chicago.


Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Requests


Fulton Market Innovation District
The Fulton-Randolph Market Land Use Plan is a City of Chicago initiative to coordinate ongoing development in and around the Fulton Avenue and Ramdolph Street corridors on the Near West Side.


Green Healthy Neighborhoods


Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative
The Chicago-style bungalow was developed in the early 1900s in response to a pressing demand for middle-class housing during a period of dynamic growth in Chicago. The City of Chicago established the Historic Chicago Bungalow Initiative in 2000 to help foster an appreciation of the Chicago Bungalow as a distinctive housing type, to encourage sympathetic rehabilitation of Chicago bungalows, and assist bungalow owners with adapting their homes to modern and energy efficiency needs, which in turn helps to strengthen Chicago neighborhoods. The Initiative is administered by the Historic Chicago Bungalow Association.


Housing Preservation
As part of its mission to provide a range of housing opportunities for all Chicagoans, the Department of Planning and Development works to preserve the housing stock in its communities.


Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credits (Donations Tax Credit)
The Illinois Affordable Housing Tax Credit (IAHTC), also known as the Donations Tax Credit, provides a $0.50 state income tax credit for each $1 contributed to a qualified affordable housing project. Donations, which may be cash, securities, or real or personal property, must total at least $10,000 and may be aggregated.


Independent Living Agencies: Small Accessible Repairs For Seniors (SARFS)
Small Accessible Repairs For Seniors (SARFS) agencies are authorized by the Department of Planning and Development to provide enabling devices and limited home improvements at no cost to senior citizens throughout Chicago.


Landmarks Designation Process
A brief description of the process by which the City's Commission on Chicago Landmarks designates a building, site or neighborhood area as a Chicago Landmark.


Landscape Ordinance
The City of Chicago's Landscape Ordinance requires landscape features to be incorporated into all new or substantially renovated business, commercial buildings and large residential buildings.


Large Lot Program
The Large Lot Program is a City of Chicago neighborhood stabilization initiative to help homeowners, block clubs and non-profit groups in greater Englewood to purchase City-owned land for $1 per parcel.


Local Industrial Retention Initiative (LIRI)
A list of Local Industrial Retention Initiative (LIRI) Councils


Made in Chicago
The City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development promotes a vibrant economy by encouraging job creation and development of new businesses. The department focuses on business attraction, retention, and expansion of businesses in all sectors, utilizing Local Industrial Retention Initiatives (LIRI) Councils, department staff and often by partnering with community organizations such as World Business Chicago. One of the department’s most popular programs is Made in Chicago.


Map and Text Amendments
The offices of the Zoning Administrator and the Commissioner of the Department of Planning and Development receive and review applications for zoning amendments.


Mayor Emanuel's Industrial Corridor Modernization Initiative
The Department of Planning and Development is initiating a process in spring 2016 to refine its land use policies for continued growth and private investment in the City’s Industrial Corridor system.


Micro Market Recovery Program
The Micro Market Recovery Program is a neighborhood stabilization initiative targeting small geographic areas that are experiencing higher-than-normal problems with foreclosures.


Programs to assist potential homeowners and existing homeowners with their mortgage.


Multi-Family Assistance
The Department of Planning and Development (DPD) provides funds to developers to construct or rehabilitate rental and for sale properties within the City.


Multi-Family TIF Purchase-Rehab Program
The Multi-Family TIF Purchase-Rehab Program helps private developers purchase and rehabilitate vacant and foreclosed rental buildings within designated Tax Increment Financing (TIF) districts.


Neighborhood Lending Program Home Purchase and Purchase/Rehab
Through the Neighborhood Lending Program, the City of Chicago and Neighborhood Housing Services provide first and second mortgage loans or the purchase and purchase/rehab of 1-4 units for homeowners who might otherwise not be able to purchase a home.


Neighborhood Opportunity Bonus: Leveraging Downtown Zoning to Foster Neighborhood Development and Central Area Growth
Guided by recent Community Planning processes, the Department of Planning and Development is recommending changes to the zoning code to encourage equitable development throughout Chicago.


North Branch Framework Plan and Design Guidelines
Land use framework plan and design guidelines for the North Branch Industrial Corridor.


Office of the Zoning Administrator
Information for sending correspondence to the Office of the Zoning Administrator


Open Space Section
The Open Space Section of DPD's Sustainable Development Division works to increase the amount of publicly accessible open space in Chicago.


Plan Examination
The Department of Planning and Development reviews building permit applications to ensure plans are in compliance with the Chicago Zoning Ordinance.


Preserving Communities Together (PCT)
The The Preserving Communities Together (PCT) program facilitates the rehabilitation and return to productive use of vacant and abandoned properties.


Recovery Zone Facility Bonds
Recovery Zone Facility Bonds (RZFB) are traditional tax-exempt bonds which have lower interest rates because the interest is tax-exempt to the investors for Federal tax purposes. This is a new category of tax exempt private activity bonds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to stimulate economic recovery.


Rents Right
The City of Chicago, in partnership with tenant and landlord organizations, has formed the Rents Right campaign to educate Chicagoans about the legal responsibilities and rights of renters and property owners.


Reports for Proposed/Designated Chicago Landmarks
Information on proposed/designated Chicago landmarks


Resolution to Amend the Rules and Regulations of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks
Resolution to Amend the Rules and Regulations of the Commission on Chicago Landmarks information.


Reverse Mortgage
Homeowners must be aged 62 or older, own their homes free and clear or have significant equity in the property, and they must live in the property as their primary residence.


SRO Preservation Initiative


Sealed Bid Sales Opportunities
Sealed bids are being accepted by the Department of Planning and Development until Nov. 19, 2012, for three City-owned properties.


Small Business Improvement Fund (SBIF)
The SBIF program uses tax increment financing (TIF) revenues to help owners of commercial and industrial properties within specific TIF districts to repair or remodel their facilities for their own business or on behalf of tenants.


Solar Zoning Policy
The purpose of the Solar Zoning Policy is to provide guidance for the zoning review of solar photovoltaic (PV) projects in the City of Chicago and to make zoning design requirements transparent for solar PV system applicants.


Special Service Area (SSA) Program
The Special Service Area program is a mechanism to fund expanded services and programs through a localized property tax levy within contiguous industrial, commercial and residential areas.


Special Service Area (SSA) Provider List
List of Special Service Areas in Chicago


Sustainable Development Form


TIFWorks Program
Information on TIFWorks program.


Tax Increment Financing Policy Guidelines
The Tax Increment Financing Policy Guidelines summarize general TIF investment policies and guidelines for private development projects as practiced by the Department of Planning and Development, which is the administering department for development projects seeking TIF and other forms of subsidy assistance from the City of Chicago.


Tax Increment Financing-Neighborhood Improvement Program (TIF-NIP)
Program (TIF-NIP) is an DPD-administered program that has been providing home repair grants in eligible TIF districts since 1999.


TaxSmart Mortgage Credit Certificate Program
TaxSmart is a Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) program that provides a federal income tax credit to qualified homebuyers.


TaxSmart Mortgage Credit Certificate Program - Information for Lenders Only
The Series 2010 TaxSmart Mortgage Credit Certificate Program for Lenders gives financial institutions an opportunity to participate in the City of Chicago's TaxSmart MCC program.


TaxSmart Mortgage Credit Certificate Program - Lender List
The 2010 TaxSmart Mortgage Credit Certificate list of approved lenders.


Technical Assistance Citywide (TACIT)
These agencies provide training and technical assistance, (regarding Fair Housing compliance, property management, rental issues and Co-op/Condo options), to non-profits in low-moderate income areas.


Technical Assistance-Community (former Housing Resource Centers/HRC)
Technical Assistance-Community (former Housing Resource Center or HRC) agencies provide housing-related information, problem solving, community events, workshops and housing fairs to assist low- and moderate-income homeowners. Funded by the Chicago Department of Planning and Development, the agencies work together to provide comprehensive financial management assistance to clients.


Troubled Building Initiative (TBI)
The Troubled Building Initiative was established to compel landlords to maintain safe and drug-free environments for City residents.


Urban Agriculture FAQ
Interested in growing food for sale in the City of Chicago? Thinking about starting a community garden? Recently adopted changes to the Chicago Zoning Ordinance allow agricultural uses like community gardens and urban farms in many parts of the city. Below is a list of frequently asked questions regarding the rules and regulations that growers should consider when planning an urban agriculture project.


West Loop Design Guidelines


Zoning Board of Appeals
Information on the Zoning Board of Appeals