In response to the evolving COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Chicago has joined the State of Illinois in issuing a Stay at Home order effective Saturday, March 21st at 5pm CT. In addition, City of Chicago facilities are closed to the public. Staff are prioritizing essential services to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees. As such, we may be delayed in responding to non-essential inquiries and service requests. To stay up to date on the City of Chicago’s COVID-19 response, please visit the City Coronavirus Response Center site.
You can view a list of all City Departments on this page. Under the department name is a list of Service Providers for that department.
The City Council Office of Financial Analysis (COFA) was created in 2015 to provide the City Council with independent analysis of the fiscal implications of the issues before it. COFA works with the City Council's Committee on Budget and Government Operations, and applies the tools of financial analysis to budget recommendations and forecasts, the City's annual audit, proposed public-private partnership agreements or asset leases, bond rating agency actions, and other matters as requested by Aldermen. COFA also provides an options report of potential cost-saving reforms and efficiencies.
The Mayor of Chicago, the city's chief executive officer, directs city departments and appoints department heads, with the advice and consent of the city council.
Call 311 for assistance with non-emergency City Services and for information on events, programs and agencies within the City of Chicago.
MOST HEARINGS ARE SUSPENDED. CLICK BELOW ON THE GENERAL ORDER FOR MORE INFORMATION.
Chicago Animal Care and Control protects public safety and ensures the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education and animal law enforcement.
The Department of Assets, Information and Services (AIS) supports the operations of other City Departments by providing high-quality and cost-effective services. Formerly the Department of Fleet and Facility Management (2FM), including the consolidation of the Department of Innovation and Technology (DoIT).
The Department of Buildings enhances safety and quality of life for residents and visitors of the City of Chicago through permitting, inspections, trade licensing, and enforcement of the Chicago Construction Codes.
**Effective March 19, 2020, BACP Offices will be closed until further notice**
The Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) administers all aspects of two major airports – Chicago O’Hare and Midway International Airports.
The Chicago Police Board is an independent civilian body that decides disciplinary cases involving Chicago police officers. The nine members of the Board are private citizens appointed by the Mayor with the advice and consent of the City Council.
City of Chicago TV is responsible for the production of programs which are shown on cable channels 23 and 49 in Chicago as well as being available on the City of Chicago TV social media sites.
COPA provides a just and efficient means for conducting investigations of police miscounduct brought against members of the Chicago Police Department.
The Commission on Human Relations (CCHR) is charged with enforcing the Chicago Human Rights Ordinance and the Chicago Fair Housing Ordinance. The Commission investigates complaints to determine whether discrimination may have occurred, and uses its enforcement powers to punish acts of discrimination.
<table style="background-color: #e0e0e0; width: 100%; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;"> <tbody> <tr> <td><center> <h3><strong>Alert</strong></h3> (Updated April 24, 2020)</center> <p> </p> <p><p>The health and safety of our visitors, event attendees and staff members remain our highest priority. As such, we are closely monitoring developments around the Coronavirus Disease 19 (COVID-19) and sharing safeguards and best practices as outlined by federal health authorities and state and local officials.</p> <p>The COVID-19 outbreak is having an enormous economic impact on our local arts community. The City of Chicago and DCASE are proud partners and contributors to the <strong><a title="Arts for Illinois Relief Fund" href="https://artsforillinois.org/donate-and-apply" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">Arts for Illinois Relief Fund</a></strong> – providing financial relief to workers and organizations in the creative industries impacted by COVID-19. Apply and donate at <a title="www.ArtsforIllinois.org" href="https://artsforillinois.org/" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">www.ArtsforIllinois.org</a>. Please also visit <strong><a title="DCASE's COVID-19 Arts Community Resources" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/covid19_artist.html">DCASE's COVID-19 Arts Community Resources</a></strong> – a partial list of the many local and national efforts to support our artists and arts organizations.</p> <p>Following <a title="recommendations from the CDC" href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/community/large-events/mass-gatherings-ready-for-covid-19.html" target="_blank" rel="noopener noreferrer">recommendations from the CDC</a> and the guidance of City and State officials, DCASE has announced the following:</p> <ul> <li><a title="Special Event permits" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/neighborhood_festivals.html">Special Event permits</a> will not be issued for parades, athletic events or neighborhood festivals through May 30.</li> <li>The <a title="Chicago Film Office" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/provdrs/chicago_film_office.html">Chicago Film Office</a> is not issuing permits for filming through May 30.</li> <li>DCASE venues include <a title="Millennium Park" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/millennium_park.html">Millennium Park</a>, the <a title="Chicago Cultural Center" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_culturalcenter.html">Chicago Cultural Center</a>, the <a title="Clarke House Museum" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/clarke_house_museum.html">Clarke House Museum</a>, <a title="Expo 72" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/expo_72.html">Expo 72</a> and the <a title="City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/city_gallery_in_thehistoricwatertower.html">City Gallery in the Historic Water Tower</a> are closed to the public. All events and programs are canceled through May 30.</li> <li>The opening of <a title="Chicago City Markets" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/farmers_market.html">Chicago City Markets</a> (scheduled for May 7) has been postponed until after May 30. <a title="Maxwell Street Market" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/maxwell_street_market.html">Maxwell Street Market</a> is closed through May 30.</li> <li>The <a title="Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/memorial_day_parade.html">Chicago Memorial Day Parade and Wreath Laying Ceremony</a> (scheduled for May 23) is canceled.</li> <li>Chicago In Tune, including the 4th Annual <a title="Chicago House Music Conference & Festival" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/hlp.html">Chicago House Music Conference & Festival</a> (scheduled for May 21–24), the 35th <a title="Chicago Gospel Music Festival" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_gospel_musicfestival.html">Chicago Gospel Music Festival</a> (scheduled for May 27–30) and the 37th Annual <a title="Chicago Blues Festival" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/chicago_blues_festival.html">Chicago Blues Festival</a> (scheduled for June 5–7), is canceled.</li> <li>The <a title="Year of Chicago Music" href="/content/city/en/depts/dca/supp_info/music.html">Year of Chicago Music</a> will extend into 2021.</li> </ul> <p>Plans for summer programming and events remain under discussion. The City of Chicago will continue to work closely with our partners at the State to adopt protocols based on the recommendations and guidance of health experts.</p> <p>Please refer to the Chicago Department of Public Health’s website <strong><a title="chicago.gov/coronavirus" href="/content/city/en/sites/covid-19/home.html">chicago.gov/coronavirus</a></strong>, for the latest local updates on the response to COVID-19.</p> </p> </center></td> </tr> </tbody> </table> <p> </p> The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is dedicated to enriching Chicago’s artistic vitality and cultural vibrancy. This includes fostering the development of Chicago’s non-profit arts sector, independent working artists and for-profit arts businesses; providing a framework to guide the City’s future cultural and economic growth, via the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan; marketing the City’s cultural assets to a worldwide audience; and presenting high-quality, free and affordable cultural programs for residents and visitors.
The Office of Emergency Management and Communications provides citizens of Chicago with prompt and reliable 911 service for police, fire and emergency medical services and coordinates major emergency response.
The Board of Ethics administers Chicago’s Governmental Ethics and Campaign Financing Ordinances, laws adopted to help ensure that City officials and employees avoid conflicts of interests.
The City of Chicago is committed to providing leadership and help throughout the evolving COVID-19 crisis. As the situation develops, the City will continue to offer resources and support to people across the city. Chicago.gov/Coronavirus provides the latest information on a range of topics regarding COVID-19. The Chicago Department of Family & Support Services works to provide assistance to Chicago’s residents, particularly those most in need, beginning at birth through the senior years.
The Department of Finance provides effective and efficient management of the City’s financial resources. It is responsible for the collection or disbursement of City revenues and all funds required to be in the custody of the city treasurer.
The Chicago Fire Department (CFD) promotes fire safety, provides emergency care, and extinguishes fires. This month, we are highligting the importance of having a working smoke detector in your home or business. Click on the smoke detector below to learn more.
The Department of Housing (DOH) is committed to ensuring that Chicago's housing resources and policies address the needs of residents of all income levels.
The Department of Human Resources facilitates the effective delivery of city services through the establishment of professional human resources management program.
The Department of Law is responsible for providing legal counsel and representation for the City of Chicago, and the departments, officers, and employees of the City.
The License Appeal Commission receives appeals from decisions of the Local Liquor Control Commissioner (Mayor) revoking, suspending, or denying liquor licenses.
The Mayor's Office for People with Disabilities (MOPD) works to make Chicago the most accessible city in the nation on behalf of residents and visitors with disabilities.
Responsible for preparing and executing the City's annual budget. The Office of Budget and Management evaluates the efficiency and efficacy of all City operations and drives management reforms that improve the City's fiscal condition and increase taxpayer value.
The Office of Inspector General (OIG) is an independent office dedicated to ensuring honesty and integrity in City government by rooting out corruption, fraud, other misconduct, and waste.
As the principal planning agency for the City of Chicago, the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) promotes the comprehensive growth and sustainability of the City and its neighborhoods. The department also oversees the City’s zoning and land use policies and employs a variety of resources to encourage business and real estate development, historic preservation, accessible waterfronts, walkable neighborhoods, and related community improvements.
The CPD website is designed to provide general information about the Chicago Police Department and the Chicago Alternative Policing Strategy. You will also find information on how you can make your neighborhood a safer, more enjoyable place to live.
<center><h3><b>***ALERT***</b></h3></center> As part of an effort to ensure the health and safety of Chicago's residents and City employees, and to prevent the further spread of the COVID-19 virus, effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Department of Procurement Services (DPS) locations will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the following locations: <br><ul> <li>DPS Administrative Offices, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 806</li> <li>City of Chicago Bid & Bond Room, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 103</li> <li>City of Chicago Surplus Auction Yard, 10101 S. Stony Island Avenue</li> </ul> The Department of Procurement Services (DPS) is the contracting, certification and compliance authority for the City of Chicago. DPS maintains the highest commitment to diversity, transparency, and innovation while continuously expanding the resources and programs that empower citizens to become involved in the contracting opportunities available at the City.
The Chicago Department of Public Health provides guidance, services, and strategies that make Chicago a healthier and safer city.
The Department of Streets & Sanitation handles and average of one million service requests per year, each one making a difference in our communities.
The Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) is responsible for public way infrastructure, including planning, design, construction, maintenance and management.
The Department of Water Management delivers nearly 1 billion gallons of drinking water to residents of Chicago and 125 suburbs daily. We also remove waste water and storm runoff through the sewer system. Our mission is to efficiently provide the highest quality drinking water to the Chicago region while protecting our most precious natural resource- Lake Michigan.
The City of Chicago Government collaborates with several external entities, including other City agencies, County Government, and State Agencies. Click on the links below to be routed to popular services provided by these non-city agencies, and to find direct links to their websites.