Fall 2016 Expansion Open

If you own land on the South or West sides of Chicago, you can buy up to two vacant lots from the City of Chicago for $1 a lot. The lots must be on the same block as land you already own. Individuals and organizations can apply but churches are not eligible. Only one application will be accepted per property deed.

Applications will be accepted beginning November 29, 2016. The application period will end on January 31, 2017 at midnight.

For more information, read the frequently asked questions (FAQ) page.

The City has received 2079 applications.

1. Browse for and select up to two lots on your block

To get started:

  1. Enter your address above or browse the map to view available lots on your block
  2. Click on a lot on a green lot for details
  3. Select up to two lots for your application

Your selected lots:

Use the map above to search for and select the lot(s) you want to apply for or, enter the lot address and PIN if you know it already. You may apply for up to two lots.


Lot #1

Chicago, IL

Lot #2 (optional)

Chicago, IL

2. Proof of ownership on the block


You'll need to upload a copy of your deed to prove that you own property on the same block as the lot(s) you are applying to buy. You do not need to be a resident of the deeded property, but you must be its owner.

The name on your application and the address entered here must exactly match the name and address on your deed.

Chicago, IL

You can look up your pin on CookCountyPropertyInfo.com.

Upload your deed

Upload a copy or picture of your property deed.

  1. If you do have a paper copy handy, scan it or take a picture of the first page.
  2. If you don't have a copy, download it from the Cook County Recorder of Deeds for $4.00 or pick it up in person at 118 N Clark St.

The Cook County Recorder of Deeds holds records of property ownership. If your deed was dated before 1985, you will need to pick up your deed in person at 118 N Clark St. If your deed is from after 1985, you can download a scanned version of your property deed by following these steps:

1. Look up your Property Identification Number (PIN)

You will need to know the PIN of your own property. You can look it up by your address on CookCountyPropertyInfo.com.

2. Search records under your PIN

Enter your current PIN here and click Search. You will see a list of various records associated with your PIN.

3. View your deed

Click on the most recent DEED - this will likely be in the first row. Document details will show up on the right side of the page, and a scanned image of your deed will show up in a new window. If you do not see the scanned image, click View Images (make sure pop-ups are allowed).

4. Download your deed as a PDF (this costs $4.00)

Within the pop-up, click Print Document and enter your payment information. Once you are done, you will have the scanned document as a PDF on your computer.


Your deed must be in PDF or image (JPG, PNG) format. Max size 5mb.

3. Contact information

The City of Chicago will contact you during the application process. Only provide your most up-to-date information.


Input an organization name i f an organization owns the deeded property (above).


4. Eligibility and Terms

Program Eligibility

  • You can't owe the City any money, including property taxes, water bills, parking tickets, and any other obligations.
  • Churches are not eligible

Buyer responsibilities

  • You will have to pay property taxes based on the assessed value of your lot. See the FAQ for details
  • You must own the lot for at least 5 years before selling it, but you can develop it at anytime
  • You can't use the lot for commercial purposes


This application is a Statement of Interest only, and does not guarantee that the City of Chicago will transfer ownership of the lots indicated. If this application gets approved, the City will work with the buyer to close the transaction - the property will be transferred "AS IS" via a Quit Claim Deed. The City maintains the right to condition the transfer of the title on the buyer’s acceptance of certain deed restrictions. Restrictions may be included in the deed to ensure properties are maintained in an agreed upon way. If the buyer fails to maintain the property in an agreed upon way, the City may exercise its discretion and take title to the property back from the buyer.

By checking the box below, I certify that the information provided is correct and true to the best of my knowledge. Falsifying or deliberately omitting any information regarding this application will result in immediate termination from the program and/or the City of Chicago seeking remedies available under law.

Questions? Visit our frequently asked questions (FAQ) page for more information and direct contacts.