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Zoning in First WardZoning is a term used to classify land use and to define requirements for a new development whether it is a brand new construction, conversion of an existing building or an addition to an existing building. 

  • There are several different zoning classifications or districts, but the most common are listed below. Classifications are designated by letters.
    • Residential (R)
    • Commercial (C)
    • Business (B)
    • Manufacturing (M)
  • A zoning classification will typically outline the acceptable type of activity on a property.  It will also include certain building requirements in terms of occupant density, building height, amount of landscape required for the property, and parking requirements.
  • The City of Chicago has an interactive zoning map that allows you to check on the zoning of a particular property or area.  Visit the Department of Zoning to determine the zoning classification on any building located within the city’s limits.
  • You may also check on the status of building permits at the Department of Construction and Permits (DCAP).

Any property which requires a zoning change, the owner or developer should first meet with Alderman Moreno to discuss the proposed zoning change. 

  • Once the project has been discussed, the owner or developer is required to submit the proposal to the local community organizations or block groups to provide community input on the development project. 
  • The owner or developer in conjunction with the alderman’s office will have a public community meeting and send notifications via mail to the neighbors affected by the development.
  • Community meetings are posted on the events calendar.

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If you have a question regarding a zoning matter, please contact Alderman Moreno's Chief of Staff, Raymond Valadez at the 1st Ward Service Office (773) 278-0101 or at rvaladez@cityofchicago.org.


Community and Block Clubs with Zoning Committees

Bucktown Community Organization
1658 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Suite 520
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (312) 409-4003

Bucktown Triangle Association
Chris Durkin
1863 N. Winnebago
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (312) 315-6047

Chicago Grand Neighbors Association
PO Box 10164
Chicago, IL 60610
Phone: 312.738.1927

East Wicker Park Organization

East Village Association
P.O. Box 476622
Chicago, IL  60647
Phone: (312) 554-7422

Greater Goethe Neighborhood Association
2335 N. Rockwell
Phone: (773) 489-6645

Hamlin Park Neighbors
2223 W. Wellington Ave.
Chicago, IL 60618

Noble Square Homeowners Association
Mitch Hutton
1401 N. Bosworth
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 276-1202

Pulaski Park Neighborhood Association
Kapra Fleming
1239 N. Greenview Ave., Unit 1
Chicago, IL 60622
Phone: (773) 235-1408

Smith Park Neighbors Association

Lynn Chapel

Phone: (773) 342-9680

South Ukrainian Village Neighbors
Steve Siegel
703 N. Leavitt
Chicago, IL 60612
Phone: (312) 829-1533

West Bucktown Neighborhood Association
P.O. Box 477282
Chicago, IL 60647

Westown 5
Nelly DeLeon
Phone: (773) 517-2735

Wicker Park Committee
1608 N. Milwaukee Ave.
Chicago, IL 60647
Phone: (312) 409-3766

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