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Making Redemption Payments

Property owners can redeem (pay) taxes that have been sold by making a payment in person at the Clerk's downtown location or by mail.

No payment is accepted at suburban locations. Make payments to:

    Cook County Clerk's Office
    Real Estate & Tax Services Division
    Cook County Building, Room 434
    118 N. Clark St.
    Chicago, IL 60602

    Hours: 8:30 am to 5 p.m. Monday - Friday

To make a redemption payment:

  • Payments must be made in full. Partial payments are not accepted and will not redeem delinquent taxes.
  • The Clerk's office can only accept a certified or cashier's check, money order, or cash (Do not send cash in the mail).
  • Be sure you make your payment to the Cook County Clerk's office and not the Assessor's or Treasurer's offices.
  • To redeem the sold taxes, the Original Estimate of the Cost of Redemption must be presented, completed with the property owner name, mailing address and telephone number.
  • For making payments:
    • In person: Payments must be made by 5 p.m. on or before the last day to redeem.
    • U.S. Mail: Payments must be post-marked the day before the last day to redeem.
    • Delivery: Payments must be received in the County Clerk's office no later than 5 p.m. on the last day to redeem if you are using a delivery service, such as FedEx or UPS.

Proof of payment

After making your redemption payment, you will receive a Certificate of Redemption in the mail approximately four weeks after your payment has been received. If you would like to order a Duplicate Certificate of Redemption, you may order a proof of payment for your records.

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