This guide includes useful resources for exploring Chicago-related topics. These are only a starting point. For further resources in various disciplines try relevant research guides at https://libguides.colum.edu
Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit news organization dedicated to delivering reliable, nonpartisan and essential coverage of Chicago’s diverse neighborhoods. Block Club Chicago was created by former DNAinfo Chicago editors following the shutdown of DNAinfo and Gothamist in November of 2017.
City of Chicago site containing facts and figures on Chicago business, housing, employment, health care, weather, and many other topics. For neighborhood data from the 2000 Census, look on this site under Community Areas.
Chicago Community Data SnapshotsThis area of the CMAP website contains a set of Community Data Snapshots that summarize demographics, housing, employment, transportation habits, retail sales, property values, and land use in metropolitan Chicago's 284 municipalities. You may browse the municipalities alphabetically or grouped by county. Snapshots are also available for all 77 Chicago Community Areas. Each snapshot is presented in an easy-to-print PDF file.
Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP)The official regional planning organization for the northeastern Illinois counties of Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. See the DATA tab for especially useful basic statistics.
These fire insurance maps not only provide a snapshot of an Illinois city or town during a certain time period, but may also provide detailed information for individual buildings. Maps also provide street names, property boundaries, building use, and house and block numbers. (NOTE: May not be available from off campus.)
Metropolitan Planning CouncilSince 1934, the Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC) has been dedicated to shaping a more sustainable and prosperous greater Chicago region. As an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization, MPC serves communities and residents by developing, promoting and implementing solutions for sound regional growth.
A mapping and data visualization application that lets users create interactive maps, charts, and reports. It includes demographics (population, age, race, income, employment, education, etc.), housing, consumer spending, and detailed business profiles. Users also have access to Claritas PRIZM consumer lifestyle data.
To save your work in SimplyAnalytics, create an account. You may use as a guest but none of your project work will be saved. Limited to 10 simultaneous users.