Five changes in the Illinois Accessibility Code may impact residential design

Five changes in the Illinois Accessibility Code may impact residential design

A revised Illinois Accessibility Code went into effect on October 23, 2018, and includes several changes that Illinois and Chicago developers and architects should know. Some of the changes may impact egress design, parking layout, kitchen spaces, laundry rooms, and converting adaptable dwelling units.

Connecting Opportunity Zones to communities' needs

Connecting Opportunity Zones to communities' needs

New capital investments made to property in Opportunity Zones in Chicago have the potential to disrupt neighborhoods and displace people who live in the 135 Opportunity Zones. Investments should be made contextually, with respect to existing residents and neighborhood-level plans.

Where the Opportunity Zones are in Chicago

Where the Opportunity Zones are in Chicago

Get a sense of where the Opportunity Zones in Chicago are, and see how MAPS can help investors, Opportunity Fund managers, architects, and developers find and assess suitable investment properties.

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.