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Chicago Government Information: Ordinances & Codes

A research guide for Chicago government information


Key resources to find city oudiances and codes.

Don't forget

The Chicago Public Library's central library (Harold Washington Library) has the most complete Chicago  Municipal Reference Collection - they keep all old, new and revised municipal codes on file!

Key Resources

Municipal Code of Chicago
(a.k.a. Laws and ordinances governing the city of Chicago, revised Chicago code)
The recent municipal codes in Govinfo department had been updated irregularly until circa 1998 but we no longer receive updated codes.

Chicago Municipal Code: How to Find and Research Historical Codes provides a comprehensive review of what codes were published (building codes, zoning ordinances, special codes), what they were called, and where you can find them.  Some of these materials are available online, and most of the print editions are available at the Chicago Public Library's Municipal Reference Collection at the downtown Harold Washington Library.

Chicago Municipal Code ; Zoning Ordinance ; Building Code
Recent, updated codes & ordinances by American Legal Publishing provided through the City of Chicago

Sterling Codifiers
Another local government codes of ordinances from around the US

Subject Guide

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Anne Zald
Anne Zald
Subjects: Government Information; Social Science Data; Regulatory Compliance
Main Library Room 1214
Northwestern University Library
1970 Campus Drive
Evanston, IL 60208
Skype Contact: anne.zald