Helpful Links and Phone Numbers

Illinois Legal Aid
City of Chicago, Housing
*The following is referenced from Referrals for People Without Lawyers from the Chicago Bar Foundation
Referrals for People without Lawyers
All locations are for the Richard J. Daley Center, 50 West Washington (services are free unless otherwise noted.)

For more information, please visit the following:
Self Help Section For People Without Lawyers
Richard J. Daley Center Directory
Helpdesks
 

Chancery

Chancery Advice Desk
Legal advice on chancery matters including mortgage foreclosure, name change, administrative review

Location: Circuit Court of Cook County, Resource Center for People without Lawyers, Concourse Level, CL16

Hours: 8:30am to 4:00pm, Mon-Fri

Probate

Adult Guardianship Assistance Desk
Legal information on guardianship of the person of a disabled adult

Location: 12th Floor, Room 1202

Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri


Minor Guardianship Assistance Desk
Legal assistance and referrals on guardianship of a minor

Location: 69 W. Washington, Room 1020

Hours: By appointment only, receptionist generally available from 8:30am to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: (312) 603-0135
 

Domestic Relations

Domestic Relations Advice Desk
Legal advice on family law issues

Location: Circuit Court of Cook County, Resource Center for People without Lawyers, Concourse Level, CL16

Hours: 8:30am to 1:00pm, Mon-Fri


Parentage and Child Support Advice Desk
Legal advice on child support and paternity issues

Location: Concourse Level, CL24

Hours: 9:30am to 3:30pm, Mon-Fri

Expungement

Expungement Advice Desk
Legal advice on expungement and sealing of criminal records. Must have Chicago criminal record/rap sheet for Chicago cases before coming to the desk

Location: 10th Floor, Room 1006

Hours: 9:00am to 12:00pm, Mon-Wed and 9:00am to 12:00pm, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Thurs
 

Municipal

Municipal Court Advice Desk
Legal advice on eviction, contract disputes, debt collection, and other Municipal Court cases

Location: Circuit Court of Cook County, Resource Center for People without Lawyers, Concourse Level CL16

Hours:
8:30am to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri


Collection Advice Desk
Legal advice on post-judgment debt collection

Location: 14th Floor, Room 1401

Hours: 9:00am to 12:00pm, Mon-Fri
 

Other Resources at the Daley Center

 

Center for Conflict Resolution

Access to free mediation to resolve disputes
Location: If your case is pending in courtrooms 1102, 1104, 1106, 1108, 1110, 1112, 1302, 1308, 1402, 1404, or 1408 of the Daley Center just ask the clerk or judge in the courtroom for mediation

Phone: (312) 922-6464 ext. 22

The Rhoda Bresler Children’s Room

Babysitting services for parents who go to court

Location: 13th Floor, Room 1309

Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: (312) 603-6252

Illinois JusticeCorps

Help navigating the Daley Center and connecting with helpful resources

Location: CL16 outside the Circuit Court’s Resource Center for People without Lawyers

Hours: 8:00am to 4:00pm, Mon-Fri
 

Chicago-Kent Self-Help Web Center

Find legal information and court forms online with the help of a law student. Complete self-guided, automated legal forms from the Illinois Legal Aid Online website.

Location: 6th Floor, Room 602

Hours: Open most days, but hours vary

Notary Public at the Bond Desk

Notarization costs $1.00 and requires a state ID or driver’s license

Location: 12th Floor

Hours: 9:00am to 3:00pm, Mon-Fri

Pro Se Filing Desk

Legal information and assistance for plaintiffs and defendants in cases with recovery of monetary damages up to $3,000. Includes auto damage, clothing loss or damage, debt collection and tenant/landlord claims.

Location: 6th Floor, Room, 602

Hours: 8:30am – 4:30pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: (312) 603-5626
 

Cook County Law Library

Provides access to legal information in print and electronic resources and offers navigational assistance with legal databases and online resources.
Location: 29th Floor (additional locations in five other courthouses)

Hours: 8:30am to 7:00pm, Mon-Fri and 12:30pm to 4:30pm, Sat

Phone: (312) 603-5423

Circuit Court of Cook County Elder Justice Center

Support, legal advice or information, help with navigating the court system, and referrals for people 60 and older and their caregivers
Location: Concourse Level, CL16

Hours: 9:00am to 4:00pm, Mon-Fri; walk-in or by appointment

Phone: (312) 603-9233
 

Accessibility & Language

Visit cookcountry.org under Accessibility for more information. Please request ADA accommodations in advance whenever possible.
 

Deaf/Hard of Hearing Access

Email: ocj.deafhardofhearingaccess@
cookcountyil.gov

Videophone: (312) 603-9182

Voicemail: (312) 603-1918

TTY: (312) 603-1914
 

For other accommodation requests, please contact the Court Disability Coordinator:

Email: ocj.accommodations@cook
countyil.gov

Voicemail: (312) 603-1915

TTY: (312) 603-1914

Visit cookcountycourt.org under Accessibility for more information.
 

Language

Visit cookcountrycourt.org under Office of the Interpreter for more information. For language assistance, please visit the information booth in the main lobby.

General Resources

CARPLS Hotline and Illinois Legal Aid Online can be accessed from your own phone or computer or in the Law Library (29th Floor of the Daley Center). Staff and volunteers are available to help you navigate online resources in the Law Library.
 

CARPLS Legal Aid Hotline

Direct access to attorneys for advice and referrals. CARPLS Hotline is very busy. If you get a busy signal, call back at another time, and if you are placed on hold, follow the instructions.

Learn more at www.carpls.org

Phone: (312) 738-9200
 

Illinois Legal Aid Website

Free website that gives you information about your legal problems, rights, and responsibilities. You may be able to apply for more legal help online. Find instructions for representing yourself and use form preparation programs to complete and print your court forms.

Web: illinoislegalaid.org or ayudalegalil.org (Spanish)
 

Other Resources

 

Foreclosure

Circuit Court of Cook County Mortgage Foreclosure
Mediation Program

Access to free housing counseling, legal assistance and mediation for homeowners facing mortgage foreclosure in Cook County.

Web:www.cookcountyforeclosu
rehelp.org

Phone: (877) 895-2444

Federal Court Desks

Bankruptcy Advice Desk
Debtor – Bankruptcy, creditor issues

Location:Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn, Room 622 (Sign-in, Room 625)

Hours:
9:30am to 12:30pm, Mon, Wed, and Fri

Web:
Visit www.ilnb.uscourts.gov for more information.


U.S. District Court Advice Desk
Employment discrimination, civil rights, and other federal court claims.

Location:Dirksen Federal Courthouse, 219 S. Dearborn, 20th Floor

Hours: By appointment only; appointments can be made at the Clerk’s Office, or by calling
(312) 435-5691
 

Domestic Violence Courthouse

Pro Se Assistance Area – Civil Order of Protection Courtroom
Civil order of protection

Location:555 W. Harrison, Suite 1400

Hours: 8:30am to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri


Domestic Violence Legal Clinic
Legal representation for civil orders of protection

Location:555 W. Harrison, Suite 1900

Hours: 8:30am to 1:30pm, Mon-Fri

Web: www.dvlcchicago.org

Administrative Hearings

City of Chicago Administrative Hearings Advice Desk
Building code violations, vehicle impounds, other municipal matters.

Location:400 W. Superior, Room 121

Hours: 9:00am to 4:30pm, Mon, Wed, and Fri

Helpful Cook County Websites

Circuit Court of Cook County
Information about court operations and services

Web:www.cookcountycourt.org

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County
Dockets, schedules, information, e-filing, mobile apps

Web:www.cookcountyclerko
fcourt.org

 

Juvenile Expungement

Juvenile Expungement Advice Desk
Expungement of juvenile arrests and juvenile court cases. Generally must be 18 years old or older.

Location:
1100 S. Hamilton, 1st Floor

Hours:
9:00am to 4:00pm, Mon and Tues; and 9:00am to 12:00pm Thurs; may be open additional hours.

Web:
Visit www.expunge.io for more information

Phone:
(312) 229-6359

Get Your Rap Sheet/Records

Criminal Record/Rap Sheet
A print-out of a criminal record/rap sheet costs $16.00; free for juveniles.

Location:Chicago Police Department’s Access and Review Division, 3510 S. Michigan Ave.

Hours: 8:00am to 12:00pm, Mon-Fri

Referrals to Fee-Based Lawyers

The Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service
The Lawyer Referral Services makes referrals to experienced attorneys who practice in the appropriate area of law and who charge fees for their time and services. There is also a $30.00 administrative fee to the CBA for the initial consultation.

Web: www.chicagobar.org

Hours: 9:00am to 12:00pm and 1:00pm to 4:30pm, Mon-Fri

Phone: (312) 554-2001; hearing impaired individuals can call
(312) 554-2055
 
Justice Entrepreneurs Project
Lawyers in the JEP are independent attorneys who are committed to providing quality, affordable legal services to low and moderate-income people. They offer fixed fees and flexible representation options.
Phone: (312) 546-3282

Referral Agencies

Legal-Aid Societies, Law-School clinics, and Lawyer-Referral Services
 
(312) 266-1345 Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago
Five local offices in the city of Chicago
Phone: (312) 341-1071

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
Phone: (312) 332-1624

Lawyer’s Committee for Better Housing
Phone: (312) 347-7600

Legal Aid Bureau (United Charities of Chicago)
Primarily handles family law matters

Location: 14 E. Jackson, Suite 1500
Phone: (312) 922-5625

CARPLS (Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services)
Phone: (312) 738-9200

Cabrini Green Legal Aid (Chicago Residents Only)
Phone: (312) 266-1345
 

Law School Clinics

DePaul Legal Clinic
Location: 25 E. Jackson, Suite 950
Phone: (312) 362-8294

Loyola University Community Law Center
Location: 1 E. Pearson, Suite 202, Chicago, IL 60611
Phone: (312) 915-7830

Northwestern University Legal Clinic
Location: 357 E. Chicago Avenue
Phone: (312) 503-8576

Lawyer Referral Services

Cook County Bar Association Referral Services
Phone: (312) 630-1157

Chicago Bar Association Lawyer Referral
Phone: (312) 554-2001 $20.00 referral fee