TIF Districts

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TIF Districts are established in compliance with State of Illinois statutes. The mechanism is designed to assist financially desirable developments that but for the financial assistance would not be able to achieve. The City's TIF Districts have been very successful historically. Annual reports for each TIF District are available through the Economic Development Division of the City Manager's Office.

Evanston has seven active Tax Increment Financing (TIF) Districts.

They are Southwest (District 2), Howard and Hartrey (District 3), Washington National (District 4), Howard and Ridge (District 5), West Evanston (District 6), Dempster Dodge (District 7), and Chicago Main (District 8). The former Downtown (District 1) has been closed.

TIF Information

TIF Overview Map

  1. Downtown TIF  (Map TIF 1)  Closed TIF
  2. Southwest  (Map TIF 2)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment  Plan)
  3. Howard and Hartrey  (Map TIF 3)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)
  4. Washington National  (Map TIF 4)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)
  5. Howard and Ridge  (Map TIF 5)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)
  6. West Evanston  (Map TIF 6)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)
  7. Dempster Dodge (Map TIF 7)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)
  8. Chicago Main  (Map TIF 8)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)

View a video and PowerPoint of the presentation, and read the TIF report prepared by Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management students for the City of Evanston on 12/11/2012.

Annual Reports  

FY 2011 FY 2012 FY 2013 FY 2014
Downtown TIF

Southwest Southwest FY 2011 Southwest FY 2012 Southwest FY 2013 Southwest FY 2014
Howard and Hartrey Howard Hartrey FY 2011 Howard Hartrey FY 2012 Howard Hartrey FY2013 Howard Hartrey FY 2014
Washington National Washington National FY 2011 Washington FY 2012 Washington National FY 2013 Washington National FY 2014
Howard and Ridge Howard Ridge FY 2011 Howard Ridge FY 2012 Howard Ridge FY 2013 Howard Ridge FY 2014
West Evanston West Evanston FY 2011 West Evanston FY 2012 West Evanston FY 2013 West Evanston FY 2014
Dempster Dodge

Dempster Dodge FY 2013 Dempster Dodge FY 2014
Chicago Main

Chicago Main FY 2013 Chicago Main FY 2014

View archived TIF Annual Reports here.

TIF Resources

For additional information on Tax Increment Financing, please visit:

Cook County Clerk

Illinois Department of Commerce & Economic Opportunity

State of Illinois Comptroller

The Illinois Tax Increment Association

Joint Review Board

A Joint Review Board (JRB) is initially established when a new Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) is under consideration and makes a recommendation to the City Council. The JRB is composed of members representing certain taxing districts which are affected by the TIF. The Joint Review Board meets annually to discuss the annual report filed with the State of Illinois on each of the TIF Districts within the city.

In order to learn more about the JRB and view previous meeting agendas and minutes please click on Joint Review Board.

For more information about business and economic development efforts please visit the City of Evanston’s Economic Development website: www.evanstonedge.com

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Doing Business with Evanston

If you missed the April 28th seminar on How To Do Business With the City of Evanston, please check out a recording of the event here.

Economic Development

2100 Ridge Avenue #3600
Evanston, IL 60201

Economic Development Division Manager:
Johanna Leonard


Economic Development Coordinator:
Paul Zalmezak


Economic Development Specialist:
Cindy Plante

Economic Development Specialist:
Paulina Martínez

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