2nd City Zoning is an interactive map that lets you:

  • find out how your building is zoned
  • learn where to locate your business
  • explore zoning patterns throughout the city

To make Chicago's zoning code digestible by humans, we took inspiration from one of our favorite games: Sim City 2000.

It started with the color scheme: green for residential, blue for commercial and yellow for industrial. (This oversimplifies things a bit, read the full story.)

From there we got a little carried away. Graphics, sounds, music, oh my.

We had a lot of fun making this, so dive in and explore!

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Questions? Email us!

Data accurate as of Oct 25, 2023. By DataMade, Derek Eder, and Juan-Pablo Velez.