Healthy Chicago Survey

The Healthy Chicago Survey (HCS) is an annual telephone survey that was launched in 2014 by the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to better understand the health of Chicagoans.

Information from the HCS is used to:  

  • Identify health concerns for each community in Chicago
  • Understand environmental, neighborhood and social factors associated with health
  • Support the implementation of Healthy Chicago 2.0 and to develop public health interventions and policies to address health inequities

Did you receive a phone call asking you to participate in the Healthy Chicago Survey?

If you were selected to participate in the Healthy Chicago Survey, you might have some questions. Find answers to some of the most common questions on our FAQ page.

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Data & Results

Results from the HCS are shared on the Chicago Health Atlas. Data are provided for Chicago overall and for each of Chicago’s 77 community areas. You’ll also find data stratified by demographics.  

To request a customized data analysis, please complete and submit this form:

Healthy Chicago Survey Data Request Form

Requests for a de-identified, public use Healthy Chicago survey data set can be made by emailing a completed Data Request Form to

Publications Featuring Healthy Chicago Survey Data Request Form

Chicago Health Atlas

Healthy Chicago databook: Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Health (March 2018)

Youth Tobacco Use - Data Brief 2017

Epidemiology Brief: Characterizing Opioid Use, Misuse and Overdose in Chicago, IL (July 2017)

Healthy Chicago 2.0 Community Health Assessment: Informing Efforts to Achieve Health Equity (February 2016)

Measuring Chicago’s Health: Findings from the 2014 Healthy Chicago Survey (October 2015)


The HCS is a cross-sectional telephone survey with an annual sample of approximately 2,500 randomly selected adults aged 18 and older living in the city of Chicago. Interviews are conducted in English and Spanish. All data collected are self-reported.

2014 Methodology Summary

2015 Methodology Summary

2016 Methodology Summary


Generally, the HCS includes approximately 100 questions that provide information to support Healthy Chicago 2.0 and other CDPH policies and programs. Questions that are asked every year cover the following topics: general health status and mental health, access to health and mental health care services, diet and food insecurity, physical activity, tobacco use, alcohol consumption, cancer screening and chronic conditions. Each year, the questionnaire also includes questions on a variety of additional topics, such as: active transportation, distracted driving, emergency preparedness, experiences of discrimination, financial security, neighborhood safety, prescription opiate misuse, sexual behavior and social cohesion.

Data Dictionary

2014 Questionnaire

2015 Questionnaire

2016 Questionnaire

 Supporting Information Facts

 Additional Information

2014 Healthy Chicago Survey Report

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