Chicago Essential Resources

Jenny Zhang
Last Updated on May 23, 2024
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City of Chicago website

Everything you need to know about living in Chicago. Chock full of useful resources, including information about the City of Chicago government, calendars of city meetings and events, important city terminology and more.

Voter registration

Register to vote in the state of Illinois.

Vehicle registration and license

Everything you need to drive safely in Illinois, including vehicle and title registration, tips for buying or selling your vehicle, license plates and more.

Homeowners / renters insurance

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Chicago electricity services

Use this site to compare and choose the best electric rates for your budget and needs.

The Better Business Bureau, Chicago

Find businesses you can trust in Chicago. Search the BBB Accredited Business Directory to see reviews, ratings and complaints from customers like you.

Chicago Police Department

Learn about the men and women protecting your community. Stay updated on crime reports in your neighborhood, and get the information you need to keep your family safe.

Illinois Department of Transportation

Get updates on road conditions, schedules and inclement weather. The IDOT website also offers plenty of information on transportation legislation and development agreements.

Chicago Parks and Recreation

Get a comprehensive view of Chicago’s parks, check park rules and ordinances, and learn how you can get involved in your community.

Chicago Schools

Your child’s education is important. Use this tool to help you research public and private schools in Chicago.

Editor's Note: This article was originally published on July 26, 2016 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.

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