Though often contested and criticized, the mechanics of tax increment financing (TIF) for projects in Chicago remains a mystery for most. This might be because much of the TIF magic happens behind the scenes in the abstract realm of accounting and policy. But now, thanks to Chicago Cityscape, TIF projects in Chicago just went visual. Chicago Cityscape's data-rich map provides an interactive overview of all 375 TIF projects in Chicago currently or soon-to-be underway. Data can be sorted by project name, approval date, TIF assistance amount, total project cost, ward, and community area, so you can always see how that magic money is being spent. And if TIF spending doesn't sit well with you, at least you have others on your side.
— Benjamin van Loon