Chicago’s Updated Building Code


Over the next 14 months, the City of Chicago will implement Phase 2 of its building code modernization. New code books will be available in October. To learn more about the updated code, AIA Chicago offers these resources and will add more as they become available.

Chicago's Updated Building Code: The Basics for the AEC Community 

In May 2019, the Chicago Department of Buildings and AIA Chicago hosted educational sessions that provided a comprehensive overview of changes to the Chicago Building Code approved by the Chicago City Council on April 10, 2019. The video of the full session and the presentation slides are available on the Department of Buildings web site. Video segments with links to each chapter of the code are available on the Department of Buildings YouTube channel. 

Using the New Chicago Building Code

In this one-hour webinar, WJE experts Carl Baldassarra; Kim Clawson, AIA; Joshua Freedland; and Christine Freisinger address key changes in the code related to building planning, fire and life safety, enclosures and materials, structural considerations, and rehabilitation of existing buildings. Click here to watch.