Chicago Courthouses

Last updated: September 30, 2013

If you live in Chicago metropolitan area, you know there are a myriad of courthouses throughout Cook County. All trial courts are under one system known as a “circuit court.” There are 24 judicial circuits within the state of Illinois. The Circuit Court of Cook County is the largest in the state and one of the largest unified court systems in the world with 400 judges serving 5.1 million residents within the City of Chicago and its 126 surrounding suburbs. To complicate matters even further, the Circuit Court is broken down into six districts. If you have a case in Chicago, it will be in the First Municipal District.

The different courts can be complicated and confusing to navigate. Fear not. Here we’ve highlighted five key court systems you are likely to encounter: The First Municipal District--Chicago (trial courts broken down by branches and case types), the Illinois Appellate Court: First District, the Illinois Northern District Bankruptcy Court, the U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

The Circuit Court of Cook County’s First Municipal District-City of Chicago (Criminal Courthouses)

  • Branch 34, Misdemeanor/Ordinance & Branch 48, Felony Preliminary Hearings

    155 West 51st Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60609



    Tel: (773) 373-8878 (Misdemeanor)

    Tel: (773) 373-8877 (Felony)

    Parking: Parking is not available at this location. You may take public transportation. To create an itinerary over the phone, or for the most current routes and schedules for both city and suburb via – ADA Paratransit, CTA, METRA or PACE Bus, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or TDD/TTY (312) 836-4949 or visit their website for information and use the trip planner.

  • Branch 35, Misdemeanor/Ordinance, & Branch 38, Felony Preliminary Hearings

    727 East 111th Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60628



    Tel: (773) 982-3055 (Misdemeanor)

    Tel: (773) 982-3035 (Felony)

    Parking: Parking is not available at this location. You may take public transportation. To create an itinerary over the phone, or for the most current routes and schedules for both city and suburb via – ADA Paratransit, CTA, METRA or PACE Bus, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or TDD/TTY (312) 836-4949 or visit their website for information and use the trip planner.

  • Branch 43, (Misdemeanor) & Branch 44, (Felony)

    3150 West Flournoy Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60612



    Tel: (773) 265-8927 (Misdemeanor)
    Tel: (773) 265-8915 (Felony)

    Parking: Parking is available at the courthouse. You may also take public transportation. To create an itinerary over the phone, or for the most current routes and schedules for both city and suburb via – ADA Paratransit, CTA, METRA or PACE Bus, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or TDD/TTY (312) 836-4949 or visit their website for information and use the trip planner.

The Circuit Court of Cook County’s First Municipal District-City of Chicago (Civil Courthouse)

  • Richard J. Daley Center

    50 West Washington Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60602



    Tel: (312) 603-5031 (Civil Court)
    Tel: (312) 603-4371, Room 1401 (Collection Court)
    Tel: (312) 603-4864 and 4865 (Eviction Court)
    Tel: (312) 603-4532, Room 1109 (Housing)
    Tel: (312) 603-3484, Room 1308(Pro Se Small Claims Court)
    Tel: (312) 603-2600, (Traffic Court)

    Parking: There is not available parking at this building, but there are parking garages located in the area. Strongly consider public transportation. CTA - Red Line or Blue Line (Washington Stop) CTA Bus - 56, 60, 124, 127, 157: Visit the CTA website

    Metra Union station, Ogilvie Transportation Center and Van Buren Street Station are all within walking distance of Richard J Daley Center.
    Visit the Metra website

    Note: The Collections court hears all post-judgment and supplementary proceedings. The Eviction court hears all cases involving evictions from real estate premises. The Housing Court hears all cases involving municipal housing code violations dealing with all structures including residential, commercial, industrial and institutional in Chicago and unincorporated Cook County. The Small Claims Division will hear cases involving up to $3000 in money damages in the following types of cases: torts, fraud, breach of contract, personal injury motor vehicle, property damage, and personal injury subrogation. Traffic court hears all non-felony traffic violation cases. Any case involving parking, red-light cameras, and most vehicle equipment violations should be directed to the City of Chicago's Department of Administrative Hearings.

  • Mandatory Arbitration Center

    222 North LaSalle Street, 13th Floor
    Chicago
    , IL 60601

    Tel: (312) 793-0125

    Parking: Parking is available at the courthouse. You may also take public transportation. To create an itinerary over the phone, or for the most current routes and schedules for both city and suburb via – ADA Paratransit, CTA, METRA or PACE Bus, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or TDD/TTY (312) 836-4949 or visit their website for information and use the trip planner.

    Note: The court uses mandatory arbitration for certain types of small civil cases in which the plaintiff is seeking only money.

  • Marriage and Civil Union Court

    119 West Randolph Street, Lower Level
    Chicago
    , IL 60602

    Tel: (312) 603-5660

    This court performs marriages and civil unions. No appointments are accepted. First come, first served. Couples should arrive 30 minutes prior to closing.

Illinois State Appellate Court

  • Illinois Appellate Court, First District

    160 N. LaSalle Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60601

    Tel: (312) 793.5484

    Except for those cases appealed directly to the Supreme Court, a person has the right to request a review of a circuit court judge’s decision by the appellate court. Cases originating in a Chicago Circuit court must be appealed to the First District only. If you are requesting an appeal, call the courthouse directly or seek legal assistance.

Bankruptcy and Federal Courts

  • Illinois Northern District Bankruptcy Court

    United States Bankruptcy Court, Eastern Division, 219 S. Dearborn
    Chicago
    , IL 60604

    Tel: (312) 408-5000

    Parking: Strongly consider taking public transportation. To create an itinerary over the phone, or for the most current routes and schedules for both city and suburb via – ADA Paratransit, CTA, METRA or PACE Bus, call the RTA Travel Information Center at (312) 836-7000 or TDD/TTY (312) 836-4949 or visit their website for information and use the trip planner.

    Note: This location handles all bankruptcy proceedings for Cook County residents. If you’re filing for bankruptcy and don’t have an attorney, you must do it in person. The court will not allow you to file electronically unless you are a lawyer.

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

    Everett McKinley Dirksen, United States Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60604

    Tel: (312) 435-5670

    This location handles all federal cases.

  • U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

    Everett McKinley Dirksen, United States Courthouse, Room 2722, 219 S. Dearborn Street
    Chicago
    , IL 60604

    Tel: (312) 435-5850

    This court handles appeals from the Northern District and other Illinois circuit courts.