2022 Q3 sales data has been published

Chicago Cityscape has added the latest quarter of property sales in Cook County. There were 35,283 sales recorded between July 1, 2022, and September 30, 2022. That is 3,277 fewer sales compared to 2022 Q2.

Browse all of the property sales in our database, which now goes back to 2015.


Bonus update: The property sales & transaction details page has been improved to spell out what were abbreviated characteristics, and include links to more information. 

For example, buyer and seller names are linked so that you can find other sales they may have been part of. Another new characteristic is indicating the land use that the parties indicated on their PTAX submission; previously only the letter referring to a specific use on the form was shown which was only helpful to those who regularly use PTAX forms.

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The annual tax sale for properties delinquent since 2020 starts next week

The Cook County Treasurer is catching up on the annual tax sales and this will be the second annual tax sale conducted in 2022. The first, for properties delinquent since 2019 would normally have been held in 2021, but the COVID pandemic deferred that to be held in May 2022. 

The upcoming annual tax sale, starting November 15, 2022, is for properties with delinquent taxes since 2020. Registration closed last Friday.

Chicago Cityscape has integrated data about the 23,834 properties in Chicago and their tax certificates that will be auctioned off starting next week. The number is subject to decrease as property owners pay off their taxes before their property's scheduled auction date. (Other municipalities may be added, subject to data availability.)

Access the data in two ways:

1. Property Finder within Place Snapshot. Look up a community area or ZIP code, or draw a Personal Place, and open Property Finder. Then select the "2020 annual tax sale (in Nov. 2022)" radio button option and select the "Apply filters" button. 

screenshot of part of Property Finder

2. Address Snapshots for PIN-based lookups will identify the property as being included in the Annual Tax sale. Firstly, a label will appear in the table of contents. Secondly, the Property & Ownership info section will have information under the heading "2020 annual tax sale (in Nov. 2022)".

screenshot of parts of Address Snapshot

10 features for summer 2022

Summer is over, but our drive to improve hasn’t. We’ve heard valuable feedback from our members about data and new solutions that needed to be added to the platform. This is the second quarterly newsletter about new Chicago Cityscape improvements — there’s something for everyone. We’ll also be d...

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Find schools across Illinois with our new map

We've long included public and non-public schools in Chicago in our Amenities & Social Infrastructure map. Today we're launching our statewide map of schools while also expanding the categories of schools included. 

Our new data source is the Illinois State Board of Education's directory of registered schools. These are schools that provide a compulsory elementary or secondary education in one or more grade levels. One caveat is that not all schools that provide this education are required to register. 

That's 5,626 schools – including public, non-public (parochial and other faith-based), special education (both public and non-public), charter, and other schools (like IMSA). 

How Cityscape uses schools

In Chicago, this helps with our Cannabis Compliance feature, as local zoning rules require a distance of 500 feet between schools and cannabis businesses. Other jurisdictions may have similar rules. 

Everywhere in Illinois this helps property developers, LIHTC applicants, and real estate brokers locate the nearest schools in their Address Snapshot lookups.

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