Terms of Use

Chi City Legal, LLC (Chi City Legal, for short) is an Illinois limited liability corporation that provides this website as a free aid to Chicago area landlords.

When you use this website you agree to all of the terms listed below. Please read them carefully. Also check this page periodically because CHI CITY LEGAL updates these terms from time to time. All updates become effective when posted.

Using this site means you agree to review and follow these:

  • Terms of Use,
  • All updates, and
  • Other rules posted at this site.

Together, these terms, updates, and other rules form the complete agreement between you and CHI CITY LEGAL. The most recent version always supersedes any previous version, whether oral or written.

Click on any section:

  • CHI CITY LEGAL Is Not Your Lawyer
  • Who May Use This Site
  • Not for Commercial Use
  • User Information
  • No Illegal Activity
  • CHI CITY LEGAL’s Ownership Rights
  • Follow CHI CITY LEGAL’s Rules
  • Privacy
  • Confidentiality
  • Links
  • No Technical Support
  • Disclaimer

Legal Claims and Procedures

  • Limited Liability
  • Indemnification
  • Arbitration
  • Jurisdiction
  • Enforcing CHI CITY LEGAL’s Rights
  • Third Party Rights
  • Severability

Contributed Materials

  • Ownership and Use of Contributed Materials
  • Rules for Contributing Materials.
  • Third Party Copyrights
  • No Soliciting

Additional Terms for Advocates and Court Employees

  • Not-for-Profit Use by Advocates and Court Staff
  • Advocate Responsibilities
  • Ethics Notice for Advocates
  • Confidentiality and Attorney-Client Privilege

1. CHI CITY LEGAL Is Not Your Lawyer

You are not CHI CITY LEGAL’s client. This website gives you information, not legal advice. We do not warrant or guarantee that the information on this website is accurate or up-to-date. When you use this site, you do so at your own risk.

Because this website is not a lawyer, it cannot:

  • Give you advice, opinions, or recommendations about your rights or your case
  • Apply the law to the facts of your case
  • Make conclusions about your case
  • Tell you if your answers are legally sufficient
  • Tell you about possible defenses, choices, or outcomes
  • Choose or review your court forms, or
  • Represent or protect your or your Advocate’s interests. (An Advocate is a lawyer who works for a non-profit organization and helps you with your case.)

For legal advice about your case, you should see a lawyer. Documents created using this website may require consultation with a lawyer prior to signing or filing.

By using this website, you agree that:

  • You will not detrimentally rely on any information received from this website,
  • You do not have the right to make a claim that you were harmed because you used this website
  • Use of this website does not create any attorney-client relationship or any other fiduciary relationship between you and the Provider, and
  • To use this website in accordance with the laws of the jurisdiction where you are located.

2. Who May Use This Site.

To use any part of this website, you must be:

  • 13 or older, and
  • Legally able to agree to the terms of using this website or use the website with a guardian or other representative who is able to legally agree to the terms of using this website.

You may use this site if you:

  • Use it only for your own legal problem, or if you are an authorized Advocate, only for your clients’ legal problem*
  • Do not let anyone else use your account,
  • Do not use it for any commercial purpose, and
  • Credit CHI CITY LEGAL as the source of any information from this site, either by copyright or attribution.
  • Consent to having any data you provide to CHI CITY LEGAL, including personal data, transferred to and processed in the United States

Warning! CHI CITY LEGAL can cancel your account at any time if you do not follow these Terms of Use.

* Additional Terms of Use for Advocates appear below.

3. Not for Commercial Use.

This site was created for Chicago area landlords.

You may not use this site for any commercial purpose.

Unless CHI CITY LEGAL gives you its written permission, you may not reproduce, copy, change, publish, display, distribute any part of this website, except as allowed by the terms of this agreement.

Warning! Do not use this site to practice law if you are not a lawyer. If you do, you may face criminal and civil charges for practicing law without a license.

4. User information.

To use certain parts of this site, you must provide your registration information, including a username and password. The information you provide must be correct and complete, and you must update it if any of that information changes.

To use this site, you must agree to:

  • Use your chosen username and password when you access the site,
  • Not let anyone else use your username or password to access this site,
  • Be liable for anyone who accesses the site with your user information, and
  • Protect your user information so that others cannot use it.

Protect Your Password: Do not use your name, birthday, a single word, or other information that is easy to guess. Instead, use a string of letters and numbers or a phrase.

If you suspect someone is using your login information, contact us right away at: website@chicitylegal.com.

5. No Illegal Activity.

CHI CITY LEGAL may investigate complaints and reported violations. If we suspect illegal or inappropriate activity, we may report it to law enforcement officials, regulators, or other parties. We may disclose user information of anyone or any entity involved in that activity, including: user profiles, e-mail addresses, usage history, posted materials, IP addresses, and traffic information.

You must not use this site in any way that Illinois law, U.S. law, or the laws of your state define as illegal.

Do not use this website to:

  • Upload content that is illegal, harmful, threatening, abusive, harassing, defamatory, vulgar, obscene, invasive of someone’s privacy, hateful, or racially, ethnically objectionable, or wrongful in some other way
  • Harm a child in any way
  • Misrepresent your affiliation with a person or agency or impersonate a person or agency, including CHI CITY LEGAL or its staff
  • Upload content that you do not have a right to transmit, including information from fiduciary relationships, such as inside information, proprietary and confidential information learned or disclosed as part of employment relationships or under nondisclosure agreements
  • Upload content that infringes, misappropriates, or in any way violates a party’s patent, trademark, trade secret, copyright or other proprietary rights
  • Stalk or harass someone
  • Use any function of this website to collect or store personal data about other users unless CHI CITY LEGAL and the user(s) have authorized you to do so

6. CHI CITY LEGAL’s Ownership Rights.

This website is protected by copyrights, trademarks, trade dress, service marks, patents and other proprietary rights and laws. CHI CITY LEGAL alone owns its copyrights to this site’s layout, graphics, navigation design, source code, the collective and compiled copyrights in its databases, and all other content created by CHI CITY LEGAL employees, contractors, consultants, and contributors to this site.

Using this site gives you NO rights or license of any kind to this website, its software, or its content. You may not use CHI CITY LEGAL’s trademarks, service marks, or trade dress in any way, including in:

  • Services or products not owned by CHI CITY LEGAL,
  • A way that causes confusion or implies that CHI CITY LEGAL sponsors, endorses, or is connected to your own activities, products, or services,
  • Hidden or embedded text in web pages, or
  • A way that is critical of CHI CITY LEGAL or this website.

7. Follow CHI CITY LEGAL’s Rules.

To use this site you must follow these Terms unless you get CHI CITY LEGAL’s express written permission to do otherwise.

Do not:

  • Upload unsolicited or unauthorized advertising, promotional materials, junk mail, spam, chain letters, pyramid schemes, or other form of solicitation, except in areas designated for that purpose
  • Upload material that contains software viruses or any other computer code, files or programs designed to interrupt, destroy or limit the functionality of any computer software, hardware, or telecommunications equipment
  • Interfere with this website or the servers and networks connected to this site
  • Disobey any requirement, procedure, policy or regulation of a network connected to this site

You must not use any part of this site, its content, or its underlying programs to:

  • Decompile, extract or disassemble our source code
  • Copy, change, reproduce, republish, distribute, display, or transmit for commercial, non-profit or public purposes any part of this site, its content or its software, except as allowed by other terms of this agreement
  • Rent, lease, loan, sell, sublicense, or create derivative works from this site, except as allowed by the terms of this agreement
  • Use software or other method to monitor or copy our site or software
  • Determine the site architecture or extract information about usage, users, or their identities
  • Use, export, or re-export any part of this website or its content in violation of U.S. export control laws

You must not use any material owned by CHI CITY LEGAL or licensed to CHI CITY LEGAL by a third party for any use, especially not for any commercial use. This includes:

  • Text, forms, documents, images, graphics, logos, or button icons
  • Any other material or information you get from a CHI CITY LEGAL’s contributors
  • Other content or copyright material owned by CHI CITY LEGAL or a CHI CITY LEGAL contributor
  • Any CHI CITY LEGAL trademark, service mark, or logo

8. Privacy.

To use this site you must agree to CHI CITY LEGAL’s privacy policy.

9. Confidentiality.

CHI CITY LEGAL takes reasonable steps to keep your information confidential. Warning! Other people involved in your case may be able to use the legal system to access the information you provide at this site.

10. Closing Your Account.

You may:

  • Delete any answer files saved to this site, and
  • Close your account at this site.

You may also have your registration information deleted from our database by contacting: web@chicitylegal.com. Send your request from the email address you used to register.

CHI CITY LEGAL may terminate or suspend your license to this website at any time for any reason, without notice to you.

CHI CITY LEGAL may also close this website at any time for any reason, without notice to you.

11. Links.

Links to other websites

This website may list links to other websites. We do this for your convenience only. When you click on a link to other websites, you leave this website. Those links are not a recommendation or approval of those sites or their owners and those websites are not under CHI CITY LEGAL’s control. We are not responsible for those websites, the information, services or products they may offer, or any loss or damage you may have at those sites.

Links to this website

Unless you have our written permission to do so, you may not link to this website from another website. If we give you permission to link to this site, we may cancel that permission at any time.

12. No Technical Support.

We do not provide support to users of this site and we may not respond to user comments, but we appreciate you telling us about any errors or problems with the site.

Exception: If you are contributing materials to this site, we will provide reasonable technical support to help you submit those materials.

13. Disclaimer.

When you use this website, you do so at your own risk. CHI CITY LEGAL does not provide support to users of this site. This website is provided to you “as is, and as available.”

CHI CITY LEGAL does not guarantee or warrant this site or its content to be always available, correct, up-to-date, reliable, free of viruses or other defects, or that any problems or inaccuracies will be corrected.

CHI CITY LEGAL is not responsible for any loss, injury, claim, liability, or damage related to:

  • The hardware or software you use to access this site,
  • Your use of this site or its content for any purpose, including related to legal advice,
  • Any errors or omissions in the content at this site or other sites you are directed to from this site, or
  • The unavailability of this site or its content.

CHI CITY LEGAL makes no guarantee that any material on this site is

  • Suitable for any special purpose, or
  • Free of any claim of ownership by a third party.


Legal Claims and Procedures

14. Limited Liability.


15. Indemnification.

You agree to indemnify and hold harmless CHI CITY LEGAL and any third party providing content to this website from any and all claims, losses, expenses, damages and costs, including but not limited to reasonable attorneys’ fees, arising as a result of your use of this website.

16. Arbitration.

Any claims made related to this website must be settled in Illinois by binding arbitration. The arbitration will be conducted in accordance with the then applicable Commercial Arbitration Rules of the American Arbitration Association. Each side will pay for its own costs, including attorney fees and costs.

If you go to arbitration, your claim will be decided by one arbitrator who is knowledgeable about computer and Internet law.

The arbitrator’s award will be binding and conclusive, and a judgment on any award may be entered in any court having jurisdiction. The arbitrator may not award punitive damages.

17. Jurisdiction.

These Terms of Use shall be governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of Illinois, without giving any effect to any principles of conflicts of law. You agree that any action at law or in equity arising out of or relating to these terms shall be filed only in the state or federal courts located in Illinois and you hereby consent to the personal jurisdiction of such courts for the purpose of litigating any action.18. Enforcing CHI CITY LEGAL’s Rights.

18. Enforcing of CHI CITY LEGAL’s Rights.

When you use this website, you agree that any use that violates these Terms of Use may cause irreparable injury to CHI CITY LEGAL. If you do not follow these terms, you agree that CHI CITY LEGAL will:

  • Have the right to non-monetary relief, including a court order requiring you to stop or to perform any relief a court may impose, and
  • Not have to post any bond or other security.

19. Third Party Rights.

CHI CITY LEGAL and any contributor or other third party submitting materials to this site have the right to enforce this agreement’s provisions for Disclaimer (13), Liability (14), Arbitration (16), and Indemnification (15) against you on its own behalf.

20. Severability.

If any part of these Terms of Use is found invalid or unenforceable, CHI CITY LEGAL and you agree that:

  • All other parts of this agreement are valid,
  • The intended meaning of the invalidated part will be replaced with language that closely matches CHI CITY LEGAL’s original intent, and
  • This agreement remains valid.

Even if a term of this agreement goes unenforced, CHI CITY LEGAL does not waive any part of this agreement, unless it does so in writing.

21. Notification of Alleged Copyright Infringement.

CHI CITY LEGAL reserves the rights to remove any content that allegedly infringes a third party’s copyright or otherwise violates the rights of any third party, or for any reason whatsoever, and to prohibit further use of this website by the individuals responsible for said infringement or violation. CHI CITY LEGAL also reserves the rights to pursue any party that submits an erroneous declaration. If you believe that any content appears on this website in violation of your copyright or other proprietary rights, you should send a notice to CHI CITY LEGAL by first-class mail, return receipt requested, at the following address: Chi City Legal, LLC, 9 W. Washington St., 4th Floor, Chicago, Illinois 60602. Such notice should include the following:

  1. Identification of the copyrighted work claimed to have been infringed.
  2. Identification of the material that is claimed to be infringing or to be the subject of infringing activity. Include information reasonably sufficient to permit CHI CITY LEGAL to locate the material.
  3. Information reasonably sufficient to permit CHI CITY LEGAL to contact you, such as an address, telephone number, and, if available, an e-mail address.
  4. The signature of the complaining party.
  5. Include the following statement: “I have a good faith belief that use of the copyrighted materials described above as allegedly infringing is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or the law.”
  6. Include the following statement: “I swear, under penalty of perjury, that the information in the notification is accurate and that I am the copyright owner or am authorized to act on behalf of the owner of an exclusive right that is allegedly infringed.”

22. Integration.

The version of these Terms of Use currently available at this website, incorporating by reference any supplemental rules or terms posted on this website, constitutes the complete statement of the agreement between you and CHI CITY LEGAL. That version supersedes and merges all prior proposals, understandings, and all other agreements, oral and written, between the parties relating to the subject matter of the agreement.

Modification to Terms of Use.

Updated versions of the Terms of Use will appear on this website and are effective immediately. Your continued use of this website after any update constitutes your agreement to be bound by the updated Terms of Use. You are responsible for regularly reviewing the Terms of Use.

Contributed Materials

23. Ownership and Use of Contributed Materials.

When you contribute material to this website you license it to CHI CITY LEGAL for any non-profit purpose. That license gives CHI CITY LEGAL a lasting, worldwide, and royalty-free right to use your material and sublicense them to other contributors. CHI CITY LEGAL has the right to use any idea, knowledge, or technique in your material in any way. You cannot terminate that right. You also agree to give up the right to bring a claim against CHI CITY LEGAL for misuse or other violation of ownership rights in your materials. If you do not own the materials you contribute, you agree that the original owner gives us this same right. You keep any other rights you have in your material.

CHI CITY LEGAL may use and change your materials, in any way, at any time, in any medium, and in any part of the world. CHI CITY LEGAL also has the right to delete, edit, or refuse to post any material you submit without your permission for any reason.

Other users of this website may use your materials, link to your materials, and repost your materials on this website according to these Terms. They may develop new materials or templates based on your original materials. Other users do not have the right to copy, share, or change your original materials at this website without your permission.

You may contribute information to existing material on our site that you use to create new material that you may download, store, and print for your personal use. That new material is your work product, which you use at your own risk, and CHI CITY LEGAL is not liable for its use.

When you submit material to CHI CITY LEGAL, we will:

  • Identify you as the source of any material you submit,
  • Delete any of your materials at your request, and
  • Act as your agent if we make your materials available to other users of this.

If requested, CHI CITY LEGAL may sometimes be able to give you usage information about your contributed materials.

24. Rules for Contributing Materials.

Contributors must:

Take reasonable steps to be sure your material will not harm the operation of our website. Your material must:

  • Be carefully read and tested,
  • Not contain a computer virus,
  • Not violate another’s intellectual property rights, and
  • Not be defamatory or violate any law or regulation that you or CHI CITY LEGAL must follow.

Provide quality control of your material. You must:

  • Monitor your material on an ongoing basis to make sure it is accurate, current, and free of technical problems,
  • Change or remove any material if you find any of these problems, and
  • Notify CHI CITY LEGAL about those problems.

Provide support for your submission. You must:

  • Give instructions for proper use of the material,
  • Let users know if they should talk to a lawyer when using your materials,
  • Provide links to other information when useful, and
  • Answer and respond to any complaints, or assign someone else to do so.

Products integrated with this website may be updated or changed according to the schedule posted at our Third Party Upgrade Policy page.

25. No Soliciting.

Unless CHI CITY LEGAL has given you written permission to do so, your contributed materials must NOT:

  • Advertise, promote, or ask for money, goods, or services, or
  • Invite other users of this website to join any commercial online service or other organization.




By accessing the Chi City Legal LLC’s (CHI CITY) web site, you are agreeing to be bound by these web site terms and conditions of use, all applicable laws and regulations, and agree that you are responsible for compliance with any applicable local laws. If you do not agree with any of these terms, you are prohibited from using or accessing this site. The materials contained in this web site are protected by applicable copyright and trade mark law.

General Disclaimer

The materials on CHI CITY’s web site are provided “as is.” CHI CITY makes no warranties, expressed or implied, and hereby disclaims and negates all other warranties, including without limitation, implied warranties or conditions of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement of intellectual property or other violation of rights. Further, CHI CITY does not warrant or make any representations concerning the accuracy, likely results, or reliability of the use of the materials on its Internet web site or otherwise relating to such materials or on any sites linked to this site.

No Legal Advice Intended

This website includes information about legal issues and legal developments and are for informational purposes only and may not reflect the most current legal developments. The information presented is not intended, and should not be taken, as legal advice on any particular set of facts or circumstances. You should contact an attorney for advice on how the law applies to your situation. Statements are subject to change based upon further reflection or on future changes in the law and are not intended as legal advice. Questions received are considered only as hypothetical and should not be intended as legal advice. Such opinions and analyses are not a substitute for your own independent legal research.


In no event shall CHI CITY or its suppliers be liable for any damages (including, without limitation, damages for loss of data or profit, or due to business interruption,) arising out of the use or inability to use the materials on CHI CITY’s Internet site, even if CHI CITY or a CHI CITY authorized representative has been notified orally or in writing of the possibility of such damage. Because some jurisdictions do not allow limitations on implied warranties, or limitations of liability for consequential or incidental damages, these limitations may not apply to you.

Revisions and Errata

The materials appearing on CHI CITY’s web site could include technical, typographical, or photographic errors. CHI CITY does not warrant that any of the materials on its web site are accurate, complete, or current. CHI CITY may make changes to the materials contained on its web site at any time without notice. CHI CITY does not, however, make any commitment to update the materials.


CHI CITY has not reviewed all of the sites linked to its Internet web site and is not responsible for the contents of any such linked site. The inclusion of any link does not imply endorsement by CHI CITY of the site. Use of any such linked web site is at the user’s own risk.

Terms and Conditions of Use Modifications

CHI CITY may revise these terms and conditions of use for its web site at any time without notice. By using this web site you are agreeing to be bound by the then current version of these Terms and Conditions of Use.

Governing Law

Any claim relating to CHI CITY’s web site shall be governed by the laws of the State of Illinois without regard to its conflict of law provisions.


Your privacy is very important to us. Accordingly, we have developed this policy in order for you to understand how we collect, use, communicate and disclose and make use of personal information. The following outlines our privacy policy.

  • Before or at the time of collecting personal information, we will identify the purposes for which information is being collected.
  • We will collect and use of personal information solely with the objective of fulfilling those purposes specified by us and for other compatible purposes, unless we obtain the consent of the individual concerned or as required by law.
  • We will only retain personal information as long as necessary for the fulfillment of those purposes.
  • We will collect personal information by lawful and fair means and, where appropriate, with the knowledge or consent of the individual concerned.
  • Personal data should be relevant to the purposes for which it is to be used, and, to the extent necessary for those purposes, should be accurate, complete, and up-to-date.
  • We will protect personal information by reasonable security safeguards against loss or theft, as well as unauthorized access, disclosure, copying, use or modification.

We are committed to conducting our business in accordance with these principles in order to ensure that the confidentiality of personal information is protected and maintained.


We may use cookies in order to customize this site for return visitors. These cookies are not required for site functionality. Additionally, third-party widgets such as YouTube or Flickr may install cookies depending on their configuration. You are not required to accept any cookies to use this site.

Google Analytics

We use a tool called “Google Analytics” to collect information about use of this site. Google Analytics collects information such as how often users visit this site, what pages they visit when they do so, and what other sites they used prior to coming to this site. We use the information we get from Google Analytics only to improve this site. Google Analytics collects only the IP address assigned to you on the date you visit this site, rather than your name or other identifying information. We do not combine the information collected through the use of Google Analytics with personally identifiable information. Although Google Analytics plants a permanent cookie on your web browser to identify you as a unique user the next time you visit this site, the cookie cannot be used by anyone but Google. Google’s ability to use and share information collected by Google Analytics about your visits to this site is restricted by the Google Analytics Terms of Use. You can prevent Google Analytics from recognizing you on return visits to this site by disabling cookies on your browser.