Chicago Public Schools’ School Locator

January 12, 2009


A common question I often hear from buyers in Chicago is, “What school district is the home in?”

Unfortunately, all too often the listing agent doesn’t know. What’s worse, they often don’t know how to find out. I’ve heard total guesses that were completely wrong (off by a district or two). My favorite response has been, “I’ve tried calling CPS, but can’t get anyone to tell me.” There is a much better way to find the answer than trying to get someone on the phone.

How to Find a Chicago Public School District’s Boundary

  1. Use their online School Locator

That’s it! One step!

Two Options to Search

Nettelhorst School District

Nettelhorst School District Map Displayed From CPS's School Locator Web Site (Click to Enlarge)

You do have to make a decision when get to the site; you can either:

  1. Search for an address and find the school district the home is in.
  2. Search for a school and find a map of it’s boundaries. Here’s an example of Nettelhorst Elementary School in my neighborhood.

So, no more excuses listing agents! Look this up before your first showing or open house.

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About Rod Holmes

Rod has been a broker working in Chicago since 2004. He has worked with developers, buyers, sellers, and as well as managing offices. He is currently a partner in Chicago Style SEO working primarily with real estate firms to improve their Internet marketing. Rod lived for nearly ten years in Japan where he owned a corporate training and executive coaching firm with clients including Hitachi and 3M Japan. He lives in Lakeview with his wife and two children. He enjoys coaching and watching his kids participate in sports, cycling, camping, and traveling in general. You can find Rod online on Twitter at @roddesu, Facebook and LinkedIn.

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