Chicago HSI 

Chicago HSI is an application to research spatial relationships between homicide events in Chicago. This tool is comprised of multiple federal, state, and regional data resources organized into an intuitive visual display.

Quick Facts

Chicago HSI allows a researcher to accomplish the following tasks:

  • Filter homicide events by:
    • General Homicide Type (e.g. gang motivated or child abuse)
    • Domestic Relationship
    • Victim or Primary and Secondary Offender Age, Race, and Gender
    • Location
    • Type of Weapon Used
    • Date of occurrence
    • View details about each homicide
  • Map homicides in relation to:
    • Federal: City boundaries and Census tract: (1960-2000)
    • Local: Neighborhoods, Streets,Precincts, Wards, et al
    • Natural: forests, parks, rivers and lakes
    • Social: Libraries, schools, public transportation
  • Animate data set, by event day, months, or years
  • Save maps in popular image formats (jpg, bmp, png)

Would you like to know about homicides before 1960?

The Life and Times of Florence Kelley in Chicago, 
In collaboration with 7 other Northwestern University departments, this companion site to Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930 presents 50,000 pages of  historical records as an interactive, searchable online archive; and focuses on one of Chicago's most renowned reformers.

Homicide in Chicago 1870-1930
A website built around an interactive online repository of legal and historical documents with a searchable database of over 11,000 homicides.