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Cook County Housing Stock Composition

Cook County Housing Stock Composition

A high resolution, interactive map of parcel level housing stock composition in Cook County, IL.

The City of Chicago is selling empty lots to South and West Side residents for $1. helps residents find eligible lots and navigate the application process.

Sun-Times Clout Meter

Sun-Times Clout Meter

By gathering campaign war chest totals, tenure, committee chairs and Sun-Times political reporters' insight, we were able to create a model to rank the political influence for Chicago's 50 Aldermen.

Civic apps

Bring these civic, open source apps to your municipality or organization. We'll customize, deploy and host it for you. Learn more »

Look at Cook

Look at Cook

Visualize your budget on the web.



Quickly de-duplicate and link large sets of data.

Searchable Map Template

Searchable Map Template

Put your data on a searchable map.

Training and education

Skill your staff up on the latest big data analysis and visualization tools.

An unprecedented amount of data is being gathered and published by governments, companies and organizations.

We will make on-site visits with your staff to train them up on powerful tools to help them understand, interpret and tell the stories behind all this open data. Learn more »


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What are civic apps for?
Sep 11, 2014 by Forest Gregg

One of the wonderful things about civic technology is that no one really knows what it means. “Civic technology” covers varying types of projects made by a variety of people... read more »

Show Me the Election Money!
Jul 29, 2014 by Derek Eder

With election season heating up (statewide on November 4, 2014, and in Chicago on February 24, 2015), knowing who’s spending money on political campaigns has never been more critical. In... read more »

Large Lots 2.0
Jul 01, 2014 by Derek Eder is back - this time in East Garfield Park! If you own land in this west side Chicago neighborhood, you can buy up two vacant lots from the... read more »


Smart Chicago Collaborative Chicago Sun-Times WBEZ 91.5 Economic Opportunity Institute Macoupin County, IL School of the Art Institute of Chicago LISC - Chicago Participatory Politics Foundation Urban Center for Computation and Data DePaul Institute for Housing Studies