Chicago Land Use: A Guide for Communities

Chicago Land Use: A Guide for Communities is the first publication of its kind. The chapters in this guide - and the workshops that accompany them - aim to provide individuals, communities, and neighborhoods with practical information on the policies, restrictions, and incentives related to the development and use of land in the City of Chicago. Ultimately, the goal is to empower readers to understand how they can influence and shape important decisions that impact their community.

Thank you Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP for your generous assistance laying out and designing this guidebook.

For more information, contact Cliff Helm at

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Chapter 1: Chicago Zoning Basics

The Zoning 101 workshop for community members was held Wednesday, November 7, 2018 at the Chinatown Public Library (2100 S Wentworth Ave, Chicago). It was led by Dykema attorney C. Harrison Cooper and Chicago Lawyers’ Committee attorney Cliff Helm.

Click here to watch the livestream video and download the PowerPoint presentation here.

Chapter 2: Tax Increment Financing (TIFs)

The TIFs workshop for community members will take place Tuesday, January 29 at The Hideout (1354 W. Wabansia Ave, Chicago). Click here for more info and registration.