ItemChicagoCommunity Areas (data shown here if one selected)
NumberPercentNumberRankPercentRank

How Many Evictions Are There?

Eviction Filings
Eviction Filings19,419-----
Eviction Filing Rate
Eviction Filing Rate3.1%-----
Sealed Cases (% of eviction filings)
Not Sealed17,06487.9%----
Sealed2,35512.1%----

Why Do Evictions Happen?

Eviction with Back Rent Cases
Eviction Only2,63115.6%----
Eviction with Back Rent14,26684.4%----
Median Back Rent Sought
Median Back Rent Sought$2,180-----

What Happens In Eviction Court?

Eviction Orders (% of completed cases)
Eviction Order9,92758.8%----
Other Outcome (primarily dismissals)6,97041.3%----
Eviction Orders by Default (% of completed cases)
Eviction Order by Default2,29413.6%----
Not a Default 14,60386.4%----
Eviction Orders at First Time Up (% of completed cases)
Eviction Order at First Time Up4,77228.2%----
Other Outcome at First Time Up2,56915.2%----
Not a First Time Up Outcome9,55656.6%----

Does Having An Attorney Matter?

Landlord Representation (% of completed cases)
Represented Landlord14,23884.3%----
Landlord without an Attorney2,65915.7%----
Tenant Representation (% of completed cases)
Represented Tenant2,07112.3%----
Tenant without an Attorney14,82687.7%----
Eviction Orders by Representation - likelihood of an eviction order (and/or a money judgment against a tenant) with or without an attorney.
No Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants did not have an attorney)
Eviction Order8,92760.2%----
Other Outcome (primarily dismissals)5,89939.8%----
With an Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants had attorney representation)
Eviction Order1,00048.3%----
Other Outcome (primarily dismissals)1,07151.7%----
Eviction Orders by Default by Representation
No Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants did not have an attorney)
Eviction Order by Default2,21014.9%----
Not a Default 12,61685.1%----
With an Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants had attorney representation)
Eviction Order by Default844.1%----
Not a Default 1,98795.9%----
Eviction Orders at First Time Up by Representation
No Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants did not have an attorney)
Eviction Order at First Time Up4,66031.4%----
Other Outcome at First Time Up2,53217.1%----
Not a First Time Up Outcome7,63451.5%----
With an Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants had attorney representation)
Eviction Order at First Time Up1125.4%----
Other Outcome at First Time Up371.8%----
Not a First Time Up Outcome1,92292.8%----

What About Legal Aid Attorneys?

Tenant Attorney Type (% of completed cases)
No Attorney14,82687.7%----
Private Attorney1,81310.7%----
Legal Aid Attorney2581.5%----
Eviction Orders by Attorney Type - likelihood of an eviction order (and/or a money judgment against a tenant) based on type of representation.
No Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants did not have an attorney)
Eviction Order8,92760.2%----
Other Outcome (primarily dismissals)5,89939.8%----
Private Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants had a private attorney)
Eviction Order93151.4%----
Other Outcome (primarily dismissals)88248.7%----
Legal Aid Attorney (% of completed cases where tenants had a legal aid attorney)
Eviction Order6926.7%----
Other Outcome (primarily dismissals)18973.3%----

Census Data

Data from US Census Bureau’s American Community Survey 5-year estimates were chosen for analysis as they provide the most current data at the census tract level. With 8 years of eviction data, we felt it warranted using more than one set of 5-year estimates, and as comparing non-overlapping 5-year estimates is the recommended approach, we chose to use the 2006-2010 estimates as a proxy for 2010 (our first year of eviction data) and the 2013-2017 estimates as our proxy for 2017 in overtime comparisons. Both sets of data are presented here for your use.

Poverty (% of Population)
2010 Poverty (% of Population) from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2006-2010)
At or above poverty level2,133,26078.9%----
Below poverty level570,04221.1%----
2017 Poverty (% of Population) from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2013-2017)
At or above poverty level2,159,41179.3%----
Below poverty level563,04020.7%----
Race (% of Population)
2010 Race (% of Population) from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2006-2010)
White859,15631.8%----
Black909,83333.7%----
Latinx753,35627.9%----
Asian143,6465.3%----
Other37,3121.4%----
2017 Race (% of Population) from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2013-2017)
White890,25132.7%----
Black820,17430.1%----
Latinx789,72429%----
Asian167,5216.2%----
Other54,7822%----
Rental Units (% of Housing)
2010 Rental Units (% of Housing) from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2006-2010)
Rental Units (% of Housing)592,69249.5%----
2017 Rental Units (% of Housing) from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2013-2017)
Rental Units (% of Housing)626,28552.2%----
Median Rent
2010 Median Rent from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2006-2010)
Median Rent$885-----
2017 Median Rent from American Community Survey 5-year estimates (2013-2017)
Median Rent$1,029-----