Smart Chicago Apps
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Chicago Works For You

Chicago Works For You is a city-wide dashboard with ward-by-ward views of service delivery in Chicago.

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CUT Group

The Civic User Testing Group is a set of regular Chicago residents who get paid to test out civic apps.

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We use computers & code to search Twitter for tweets related to food poisoning in Chicago. We do as much as we can to automatically zero-in on the tweets we think are really about a possible food poisoning case and really coming from Chicago. Then real humans review the tweets and @reply back to people with a link back to this page.

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Chicago Early Learning

The portal serves as a one-stop-shop for finding early learning programs, assessing program quality, and tracking data about Chicago’s early childhood systems.

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Chicago Health Atlas

The Chicago Health Atlas visualizes aggregate health-related information so that people can see the prevalence of specific health conditions in their area and find out how they can improve their health.

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Connect Chicago

Connect Chicago is a loose network of more than 250 places in the city where internet and computer access, digital skills training, and online learning resources are available—for free.

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Flu Shots

Flu Shots is developed and maintained by Tom Kompare for the Chicago Department of Public Health (CDPH) to help Chicago residents locate and find public transportation to CDPH’s free flu shot clinic events.

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Go2School is the brainchild of Tom Kompare wondering what time he had to get to his CTA Red Line stop in order to pick up his daughter from kindergarten on time. So, Tom really built this web application for himself, but he thought he ought to share.

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Metro Extracts

Michal Migurski publishes monthly extracts of the OpenStreetMap data for major world cities and their surrounding areas. Smart Chicago hosts the EC2 server resources that generate the map extracts and the S3 buckets used to distribute the files.

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Was My Car Towed?

A simple application that shows if a car with a given license plate has been towed by the City of Chicago. Studying the source code for this application, available on Github, is a great introduction to building applications that use the City of Chicago Data Portal.

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Chicago Crash Browser

The Chicago Crash Browser is an interface for the automobile crash data from the Illinois Department of Transportation (IDOT). Crash data for Chicago in 2005-2011 where a bicyclist or pedestrian was the first point of impact by a driver’s automobile, as collected by responding law enforcement and maintained by IDOT.

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Crime vs. the Weather

Eric van Zanten answers the question: “As the temperature in Chicago rises, so does the crime rate?” Smart Chicago provides infrastructure for a MongoDB instance that contains crime data from the City of Chicago Data portal and a lightweight API written in Python.

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Convicted in Chicago

This project analyzes five years worth of conviction data received through the Office of the Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County by the Chicago Justice Project. The goal is to shed a light on criminal convictions in Cook County.

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Crime and Punishment in Chicago

Crime and Punishment in Chicago is an index of data sources surrounding this criminal justice system as it is in Chicago. We track data sources from the commission of the crime all the way to prison. We aggregate sources of data, provide insight into how this data is generated, discuss how to get it, and expose what data is unavailable.


The Smart Chicago Collaborative offers civic developers in Chicago free access to Amazon Web Services and Heroku for hosting their applications, among many other developer-focused resources.

If you are a developer and are interested in free hosting for your application, please complete the sign up form.

You can see a number of projects that Smart Chicago maintains and supports at the Smart Chicago Github page.