Building Permits

Original building permit information obtained from:
University of Illinois at Chicago – Daley Library – Microfilm Department
Microfilms reels containing permit cards are stored by date and area of city.

Information on building permit cards:

  • Current structure address
  • Original/previous structure address
  • ID number of permit
  • Date permit issued

Information on permit cards is used to identify the microfilm reels containing the ledgers.

  • Locate permit date in ledgers
  • Locate permit number in ledgers
  • Information spans two pages in permit ledgers

Property Owner Search

Research regarding deeds and previous owners of a property (prior to 1985) is conducted  via a Tract Search in the basement of the Cook County Recorder of Deeds office in the County Building, 118 N. Clark Street (M – F, 9 – 5).

  1. Obtain PIN of property
  2. Search by PIN on web site: – online searches only go back to 1985
  3. Identify and document the Lot #, Legal Description, and Subdivision from one of the transactions (Warranty Deed)
  4. Go to the basement of the Recorder of Deeds and search in “binder” to identify the book  # which contains the ledger for the property (request assistance at desk)
  5. Locate the book # in the tables/shelves
  6. In the front of the book, find the Subdivision
  7. Go to the page # specified
  8. Locate transactions for the Lot # in the ledger
  9. Photographing the books is not permitted

The subdivision for all houses on the south side of Berteau:
Dickinsons A W Sub LT 11 W Milwaukee Ave – Transactions found in Book 237-N

The subdivision for all houses on the north side of Berteau:
Gardners Add to Montrose Sixth Add – Transactions found in Book 237-M-2

The earliest transactions located for the lots on our block occurred 7-15-1907 and invariably involved Arthur Dickinson.