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TIF Districts

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The City of Evanston has four active TIFs designed to leverage private sector growth by providing a funding mechanism for infrastructure improvements, workforce development and commercial property revitalization.   


Proposed Howard Ridge TIF District Amendment

City staff is recommending the expansion of the Howard Ridge TIF district to incorporate several underutilized properties which provide the potential for redevelopment during the remaining life of the Howard Ridge TIF district, including the vacant Dairy Queen (911 Howard St.) site, which is under contract for a proposed affordable senior housing development by Evergreen Real Estate Group and CJE Senior Life.

 Interested Parties Registration Form

Evanston Draft Howard Ridge First Amendment 07 22 2019

TIF Interested Parties Registration Form

JRB Agenda for September 25, 2019

JRB Packet for September 25, 2019

JRB Presentation for September 25, 2019

JRB Meeting Minutes for September 25, 2019


Tax Increment Finance District Map

 TIF Overview Map


Active Tax Increment Finance Districts

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

Inactive (closed) Tax Increment Finance Districts

  1. Downtown TIF  (Map TIF 1)  Closed TIF
  2. Southwest  (Map TIF 2)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment  PlanClosed TIF
  3. Howard and Hartrey  (Map TIF 3)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment PlanClosed TIF
  4. Washington National  (Map TIF 4)  (Ordinances)  (Redevelopment Plan)

Annual Reports  


FY 2012

FY 2013

FY 2014

FY 2015  FY 2016  FY 2017  FY 2018
Southwest Southwest FY 2012 Southwest FY 2013 Southwest FY 2014  Southwest FY 2015


( closed)

Howard and Hartrey Howard Hartrey FY 2012 Howard Hartrey FY2013 Howard Hartrey FY 2014  Howard Hartrey FY 2015  Howard Hartrey FY 2016  Howard Hartrey 2017  (closed)
Washington National Washington FY 2012 Washington National FY 2013 Washington National FY 2014 Washington National FY 2015  Washington National FY 16  Washington National 2017  Washington National FY 2018

Howard and Ridge

Howard Ridge FY 2012 Howard Ridge FY 2013 Howard Ridge FY 2014  Howard Ridge FY 2015  Howard Ridge FY 16  Howard Ridge 2017  Howard Ridge FY 2018
West Evanston West Evanston FY 2012 West Evanston FY 2013 West Evanston FY 2014  West Evanston FY 2015  West Evanston FY 16  West Evanston 2017  West Evanston FY 2018
Dempster Dodge - Dempster Dodge FY 2013 Dempster Dodge FY 2014 Dempster Dodge FY 2015  Dempster Dodge FY 16  Dempster Dodge 2017  Dempster Dodge FY 2018
 Chicago Main


 Chicago Main FY 2013  Chicago Main FY 2014  Chicago Main FY 2015  Chicago Main FY 2016  Chicago Main FY 2017  Chicago Main FY 2018
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

Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management TIF Analysis video and PowerPoint of the presentation, 12/11/2012.

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:

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Contact Economic Development

2100 Ridge Avenue #3600
Evanston, IL 60201

Economic Development Division Manager:
Paul Zalmezak


Economic Development Specialist:
Katheryn Boden

Assistant to the City Manager:
Paulina Martínez

General Inquiries: