Vacant buildings in Chicago must now have a 24-hour watch

Vacant buildings in Chicago must now have a 24-hour watch

Chicago’s City Council adopted a new rule for vacant building owners. In addition to registering, owners of unsecured vacant buildings must provide 24-hour security. Read the whole post to see what other regulations apply to vacant buildings.

Emanuel is replacing two members of the Zoning Board of Appeals

Emanuel is replacing two members of the Zoning Board of Appeals

The Zoning Board of Appeals hears zoning application appeals, requests for variations from the zoning code, and requests for a special use permit. One of the most commonly granted variations is for changes in a property’s required setbacks. Mayor Emanuel recently replaced two members of the ZBA.

New "Pedestrian Streets" were designated in 2018

New "Pedestrian Streets" were designated in 2018

Six “Pedestrian Streets” were extended or added in 2018, which has beneficial implications for property owners, while also preserving the walkability of business districts.

New ordinance defines and sets penalties for "demolition by neglect"

New ordinance defines and sets penalties for "demolition by neglect"

A new Chicago law defines “demolition by neglect” for landmarked buildings and buildings in landmark districts. Demolition by neglect occurs when a building owner doesn’t maintain the building to the point where it becomes an imminent danger and has to be demolished.