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Spatial data used on Chicago Cityscape (generally ordered by centrality to our service)

  • Building permits
    • Chicago
    • Evanston
    • Naperville
  • Parcels and properties
    • Cook County parcels (includes tax bill history, assessment history, and taxpayer names)
    • City-owned land
    • Cook County Land Bank Authority-owned land (CCLBA)
    • Buildings reported vacant or abandoned to Chicago 311
    • Vacant properties (as classified by the Cook County Assessor)
  • Building violations
    • Chicago
  • Zoning
    • Chicago
      • General zones updated monthly
      • Planned Developments updated monthly
      • Planned Manufacturing Districts (PMD)
    • Evanston
    • Northbrook
    • Oak Park
    • Naperville
    • Maywood
    • Aurora
    • Unincorporated Cook County
  • Transit
    • Chicago Transit Authority 'L' stations (and entrances within Chicago for more accurate distances)
    • Metra stations (ibid.)
  • Boundaries
    • Chicago
      • Community areas
      • Wards
      • Neighborhoods
      • TIF Districts (including Transit TIF districts which were enabled by the State of Illinois and Chicago in 2016)
      • School attendance boundaries
      • Special Service Areas
      • Lakefront Protection Zone
      • Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) investment zones
      • Neighborhood Opportunity Fund (NOF) Retail Thrive Zones
      • Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP)
      • Landmark Districts
      • Landmark buildings
      • National Register of Historic Places (these are a national area anad we should have these for the whole state, but there is not a single national or state dataset)
      • Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA, McPier) taxing boundaries
      • Police districts
      • Police beats
      • Rivers
      • CHA opportunity areas (replaced by Mobility Areas in September 2018)
      • Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) Mobility Areas
    • Evanston
      • Wards
    • Cook County
      • Commissioner districts
      • TIF Districts
      • Township "neighborhoods"
      • Historical municipal annexation boundaries
      • Industrial Growth Zones
    • DuPage County
      • Board districts
    • Illinois
      • State House of Representatives
      • State senators
      • Municipality boundaries
      • Townships
      • Enterprise Zones
      • Opportunity Zones
    • General
      • ZIP codes (we use the ZIP Code Tabulation Areas, or ZCTA, created by the Census)
      • Voting precincts - the extent of these needs to be determined
      • Neighborhood organizations - these are manually digitized by Cityscape
      • Business organizations - these are manually digitized by Cityscape
    • National
      • Congressional districts
  • Other Chicago datasets
    • Building violations that go to administrative hearings
    • TIF-funded projects
    • Business licenses
    • Ordinances (including zoning change applications)
    • Food inspections
    • Filming permits
  • Other spatial features
    • Parking lots (data last extracted from OpenStreetMap on September 12, 2017; covering Chicagoland) [removed in 2018]
    • Brownfields (data last extracted from OpenStreetMap on September 12, 2017; covering Chicagoland) [removed in 2018]
    • Custom-drawn boundaries (this includes areas that were requested, or were drawn to represent places in the news; for example, this category includes the three Affordable Requirements Ordinance pilot areas)
    • Personal Places (these are areas drawn by users, or drawn by us for specific users upon request)
  • Demographics
    • Census data (Via the U.S. Census Bureau's CitySDK) [removed in 2018 as the CitySDK was abandoned]
    • Census Tracts and Census Block Groups for every Address Snapshot lookup; their Place pages have links to CensusReporter.org, an independent website that makes it easy to find and visualize Census data