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Assistant Corporation Counsel II – Real Estate Division

City of Chicago

The City of Chicago Department of Law is seeking an attorney for the position of Assistant Corporation Counsel II in our Real Estate and Land Use Division to represent the City in real estate transactional matters. The Real Estate and Land Use Division is responsible for advising city departments and city council members on zoning and land use issues and assisting client departments with real estate transactions, including acquisitions and dispositions for affordable housing, economic development, and other recreational and cultural uses; leases (as landlord and tenant); intergovernmental land transfers; implementation of the Affordable Requirements Ordinance; agreements with developers to provide public improvements; vacations, dedications, and public-private partnerships involving use of public right-of-way; and “rails to trails” conversions of abandoned rail lines for the creation of bike and pedestrian trails. The Division also serves as counsel to the Zoning Board of Appeals, the Chicago Plan Commission, and the Commission on Chicago Landmarks.


The Assistant Corporation Counsel will work under the general supervision of the Deputy Corporation Counsel of the Division and will be given responsibility for handling a broad range of real estate transactional matters, including drafting ordinances, letters of intent, purchase and redevelopment agreements, leases (including ground leases), agreements with railroads, intergovernmental agreements, easement agreements, and other transactional documents; analyzing due diligence, including title, survey, environmental, appraisal and other reports; clearing title; preparing ancillary closing documents; advising City departments on zoning/entitlements, landmark, and procedural matters.

Application Process and Materials

You must submit an on-line application along with the required documents on the City of Chicago Careers website by the post-extension date listed on the website.

  1. Cover letter that (1) includes the position title and job number as noted on the posting; and (2) specifically identifies how you meet the minimum qualifications and have the knowledge, skills, and abilities listed below;
  2. Resume;
  3. Law school transcript (official or unofficial)
  4. One writing sample; and
  5. Current printout of your attorney registration status from the Illinois ARDC website at (or your admitted state bar’s equivalent

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