West Chicago: Residential Valuations

Homeowners in West Chicago Township were mailed Reassessment Notices on May 20, 2024, and have until June 20, 2024, to file an appeal if they choose to do so. The estimated Fair Market Value listed on the Reassessment Notice will be reflected on tax bills in 2025. The following table lists the estimated median sales prices for single-family homes, condos, and small apartment buildings in the years 2023 and 2024. Estimates depend on the individual property’s location and characteristics. 

The data below shows the Assessor’s median estimated market values of all homes throughout West Chicago Township and sales trends from 2020-2023.

Residential Property Type2023 Median Sales Prices2024 Assessor Estimate
Single-Family Homes$374k$257k
Small Apartment Buildings$386k$352k

Real Estate Market vs. Assessor’s Estimates

Every assessment township is divided further into Neighborhood codes. You can find your home’s neighborhood code on its Reassessment Notice and on the PIN detail page. Homeowners can compare the real estate market to the Assessor’s estimate of their home’s value using the interactive map below.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where does this data come from?

The Assessor's Office receives sales data from MyDec, a tool for processing real property transfers that are managed by the Illinois Department of Revenue. The assessment data in this dashboard come from the Assessor's estimates of property value. To download assessment data for many PINs, see the open data sets we have published on Cook County's Open Data Portal.

There weren't many sales in my neighborhood in 2023. How did you estimate my home's value?

This dashboard only shows sales from last year. We used 9 years of sales across Cook County to make sure we have enough data to detect sale patterns for different locations and home characteristics.

My home sold recently. Why isn't the Assessor's "estimated value" equal to the sale price?

Setting the assessed value of a home equal to the value of a recent sale is called selective appraisal or sales chasing. Sales chasing can artificially improve assessment performance statistics and bias statistical models. Worse, it can bias assessment accuracy in favor of recently sold properties, giving an unfair advantage to areas or properties with high turnover. For more information, see Appendix E of the IAAO Standard on Ratio Studies.

How does the model know what my home is worth?

“The model” is a computerized statistical model that uses real estate market data to estimate the value of homes that haven’t sold. These models are often called Automated Valuation Models and are the standard for conducting a computer- assisted mass appraisal.
The goal of the model is to answer this question: “What would the sale price of every home be if it had sold recently in an arms-length transaction?”
To answer this question, we use a two-step process:

  1. Modeling: First, we use computer code to analyze data about home sales. Any two homes may have different characteristics (location, number of bedrooms, etc.) and sale prices. But there are consistent patterns in how characteristics affect sale prices on average. It’s important to detect these patterns accurately. To do that, we use computer code to train a predictive machine learning model, which learns to recognize complex patterns much faster than a human could. The output of this step is a model which can be used to predict any home’s sale price based on its characteristics and these learned patterns.
  2. Valuation and Review: We then use the model created in Step 1 to predict values for all residential properties. Estimated values produced by the model are reviewed by software and by our expert analysts, who review assessed value changes neighborhood by neighborhood, class by class, and make adjustments as necessary.
  3. Mailing: Finally, we mail Reassessment Notices to homeowners with their property’s estimated market value, its characteristics, and its assessed value. These mailed values are what are analyzed in the valuation reports on this page. 
What is the difference between Market Value vs. the Assessed Value?

After estimating the market value of a home, the Assessor’s Office calculates the home’s Assessed Value based on its Level of Assessment. 
Levels of Assessment are set by Cook County Ordinance based on the property’s major class. Single-family homes, condos, and all other 200-class properties have a 10% Level of Assessment, so the property’s Assessed Value equals 10% of its estimated market value. 

A home valued at $500,000 has an assessed value of $50,000. 

Note that it is not the Assessed Value that is taxed. The taxable value of the home is its final Equalized Assessed Value. This requires two more numbers: 

The Equalizer (also called the Multiplier), is calculated every year by the Illinois Department of Revenue. All properties in Cook County have the same Equalizer. Equalized Assessed Value, or EAV = the Equalizer x Assessed Value. Example: with an Equalizer of 3.0, this home’s EAV = 3.0 x $50,000 = $150,000.

Any homestead exemptions, like the Homeowner Exemption or Senior Exemption. These subtract a fixed amount from the home’s EAV and is the same throughout Cook County. For example, the Homeowner Exemption subtracts $10,000 of EAV, and the Senior Exemption subtracts $8,000. Example: with the Homeowner and Senior exemption (both of which currently auto-renew), the home’s final EAV after exemptions = $150,000 - $10,000 - $8,000 = $132,000. This is the number to which the tax rate is applied to calculate a second installment property tax bill.

Assessment Appeals

Property owners have the right to file an appeal. Appeals can be filed online and are completely free, a lawyer is not required. If the property characteristics listed on your assessment notice are incorrect, or if the estimated market value of your home is significantly more than what you believe your home could sell for in the current real estate market, you should consider filing an appeal. A good rule of thumb is this: If the property characteristics on this notice are correct and the estimated market value is within 10 percent of what you think your home is worth then it is unlikely that an appeal would change your property’s assessed value enough to significantly affect its property tax bill. 

The deadline to file an appeal for properties in West Chicago Park Township is June 20, 2024. 

3 Reasons for Filing an Assessment Appeal 

  1. Lack of Uniformity - Either you or our analysts can look at comparable properties (properties similar to yours) and determine whether the assessed value of your property is in line with the assessed values of other comparable properties. 
  2. Overvaluation - Supporting documentation, such as recent closing statements, or information about purchase prices of homes similar to yours can be submitted. 
  3. Incorrect Property Description - If a reassessment notice lists an error such as incorrect square footage, classification, or an error that may affect market value, an appeal can be filed. Supporting documentation such as property record cards or dated photos may be submitted with your appeal. It is important to remember, however, that a minor error does not necessarily indicate an incorrect assessment.



Our office will host a virtual workshop in English on Tuesday, May 28, and one in Spanish on Wednesday, May 29.  Watch a workshop on our YouTube channel to learn about recent reassessments in West Chicago Township.

-Learn about your assessment notice
-How to determine if an appeal should be filed
-Learn how to file for an appeal
-Participate in live Q & A session

Sales Ratio Study

In the 2024 reassessment of West Chicago Township, the Assessor's Office met 2 out of 3 IAAO standards for high-quality assessments in a sales ratio study. Sales ratios are the ratio between a property’s estimated value and its recent sale price. A sales ratio study is a way to self-assess and ensure that the Assessor's Office is accurately valuing properties. The IAAO is an international agency that sets assessment industry standards and best practices. Below are the results of our sales ratio study, which measures three metrics based on sales ratios.