Coach houses were re-legalized in the City of Chicago in December 2020, and only a small number have been built under the new ordinance pilot program that started in May 2021. The construction of secondary units have the potential to allow individuals to remain in their neighborhood, despite rising property taxes.
According to the City of Chicago, ADUs were common in Chicago throughout the first half of the 20th century, but their construction was prohibited starting in 1957 due to changes in the zoning ordinance that added parking requirements and banned secondary residential structures on Chicago lots. The ADU ordinance allows for the creation of new units for homeowners needing extra income, or those who wish to create separate spaces for multi-generational families.” (Citation)
- Learn from the successful completion of a recent ADU, and how to navigate the unique zoning and code requirements (and challenges) of this building type for future projects.
- Explore the potential impact of ADU’s on improving equity, diversity, and inclusion within a neighborhood, and the overall City through broadening available housing options.
- Help educate clients on how to maintain the long term investment of an existing property by adding value through small scale development of an ADU, and learn about process the architect went through to integrate a successful ADU into an existing urban landscape.
- Learn how ADUs can encourage positive economic and social sustainability for existing and future homeowners and the surrounding neighborhood.