Good News!!! The Smart Chicago team is moving and now will be co-located with the City Digital Team at UI Labs. As such, our individual emails will be changing to:

Kyla Williams 

Sonja Marziano

Denise Linn     

Leslie Durr       

Our new mailing address is 1415 N. Cherry Avenue Chicago, IL 60642 and general phone number is 312.281.6900.

Please check our website at or follow us on twitter @smartchicago for more updates.

We appreciate your patience during this time of transition.

Cook County Land Bank Property Viewer

Recently the Cook County Land Bank launched a new online property viewer and search tool. The site includes property owned by the land bank and property that may be available to the land bank.

Initially you can search by parcel number, street address, or city or you can view all properties. The main view shows a map and a list of the properties. The property locations are color-coded by property classification such as “Residential Land” and “Residential Structure.” Searches can be filtered by location and building characteristics. The map can show additional layers such as recent foreclosures, tax sales, TIF districts, and floodplains.

Land Bank Inventory Main

You can click on a property to get to a property detail page with more information and pictures.
Cook County Land Bank Inventory Details

By creating an account it is possible to submit the pre-qualification application PDF.
Cook County Land Bank Application

The Cook County Land Bank worked with ePropertyPlus to develop the web application.

Recap of Cook County Land Bank Training

Last month, Smart Chicago took part in the Cook County Land Bank Training. We recorded all the sessions and have a re-cap of the proceedings below. Christopher Whitaker and Joshua Kalov of our team also created and taught the curriculum around Researching vacant properties.

The Land Bank is a great resource for residents and a great partner to Smart Chicago!


Cook County President Toni Preckwinkle announcing a $10 million investment to the Cook County Land Bank

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Cook County Land Bank Training: How to Find Information About Properties (Updated with Video)

On July 24th, Smart Chicago Collaborative will present at the Cook County Land Bank Workshop at the Union League Club, hosted by the Metropolitan Planning Council. The workshop will help attendees understand how to work with the land bank to either buy or donate properties. Smart Chicago will present on how to locate information about properties.  We’ve outlined our presentation below the fold complete with a video demo.

11928 S. Prairie Ave. (Detail)

11928 S Praire Ave, Photo by Robin Amer

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