Skip to main content

Your browser is unsupported

We recommend using the latest version of IE11, Edge, Chrome, Firefox or Safari.

All About Chicago

Welcome! This guide provides information and data resources about Chicago. Originally created by Araceli Moreno.

Chicago Geography

Chicago the City

  • The city is organized into 50 wards represented by an alderman. 
  • 77 community areas officially recognized by the city of Chicago are reflected in the census maps. 
  • Community areas can be made up of multiple neighborhoods.
  • City Council, Your Ward & Alderman Information on each local government level
  • Below is a map of Chicago's community areas: 
  • Map of Chicago Community Areas

Chicago the Metropolitan Area (map in green): 

Is comprised of the city of Chicago and the northeastern Illinois counties: Cook, DuPage, Kane, Kendall, Lake, McHenry, and Will. 

Chicago the Metropolitan Statistical Area (map in blue): 

According to the Census Bureau includes: Chicago, Naperville, Elgin and parts of Indiana and Wisconsin. 

maps of Chicago and Chicago area