This compendium houses datasets on the well-being of communities in the Chicago region and Illinois. It contains both regularly updated and historical datasets that can provide insight into long-term trends and patterns as well as emerging issues. The data cover a wide range of topics, from arts to economic development to health services and more.

The data in this compendium were compiled by Woodstock Institute and the Metro Chicago Information Center. Woodstock Institute is a leading nonprofit research and policy organization in the areas of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform. The Metro Chicago Information Center (MCIC) was a nonprofit active in the Chicago region from 1990-2011.

Woodstock Institute conducts extensive community-, regional-, and state-level analysis on issues of fair lending, wealth creation, and financial systems reform. The compendium includes data from Woodstock that provide insight into the financial health of communities in the Chicago region, including data on foreclosures, negative equity, retirement security, credit scores, and more. Many of these datasets will be regularly updated going forward.

The MCIC data is preserved for its value to researchers in analysts interested in accessing historical neighborhood-level data in order to understand how communities change over time. Many of the datasets collected by MCIC are now available at the City of Chicago’s data portal and will not be updated on this compendium going forward in order to avoid duplication of efforts.

The datasets on this compendium come from a wide variety of sources, most of which are public or open-source. A limited number of datasets, however, are not licensed to be downloaded publicly in its raw form. If you are interested in accessing privately licensed data, please contact Katie Buitrago at Woodstock Institute at 312-368-0310 or kbuitrago at woodstockinst dot org and we can help you find a solution.

We hope that the compendium helps you understand the opportunities and challenges faced by communities across the Chicago area. Please contact Katie Buitrago at Woodstock Institute at 312-368-0310 at 312-368-0310 if you have trouble using the compendium or finding the data you need.