The 2012 First Installment Real Estate Tax Bills for Cook County, Illinois are due on Friday, March 1, 2013. The first installment tax bills in Cook County are always 55 percent of the previous year's taxes. Any assessment reductions you may have obtained through the appeal process and any exemptions for which you may qualify will be reflected in the second installment tax bill.

Please pay your tax bill on time to avoid penalties and interest, and make sure to keep your receipt, canceled check, or online confirmation/receipt.

You may pay your taxes under the following methods:

  • Online via the Cook County Treasurer's website;
  • By mail;
  • At more than 400 Chase Banks throughout the Chicagoland area;
  • By direct debit at 200 community banks throughout Chicagoland (see for a list of participating banks);
  • In person at the downtown Cook County Building.

Visit the Cook County Treasurer's website at for more information