Free/Low Cost Legal Services

Local organizations that offer free or low cost legal services are listed below.

To find organizations that can address your legal question or issue, select from the topics at right.

Cabrini Green Legal Aid

740 North Milwaukee
Chicago, IL 60642
(312) 738-2452

(312) 738-9200

Hours: Mon. & Wed.      9:00am - 7:30pm
           Tue., Thu., Fri.  9:30am  - 4:30pm

Chicago Legal Clinic
(773) 731-1762

Charges fees based on ability to pay

Chicago Volunteer Legal Services
33 N. Dearborn, Suite 400
Chicago, IL 60602
(312) 332-1624

Re: Eviction/Landlord-Tenant, represents both landlords and tenants

Court Facilitator Program

Third Municipal District Courthouse
2121 Euclid
Rolling Meadows, Illinois 60008

Domestic Relations Courtroom
Hours: Tuesday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Parentage/Parentage Courtroom
Thursday, 10 a.m. to 12 noon

Domestic Relations Advice Desk

Richard J. Daley Center
50 West Washington Street
Chicago, IL 60602
No phone
No appointments, first come, first served
Hours: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, except court holidays

• Uncontested divorces

• Free legal consultations on simple family matters such as custody and visitation issues for low-income clients who cannot afford the services of an attorney

• Assistance in resolving issues after the entry of a divorce order

The Domestic Relations Advice Desk is staffed by attorneys from CARPLS (Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services). In some cases, the CARPLS attorneys can draft documents for litigants who have eligible cases; however they do not represent litigants in court and cannot offer ongoing services in contested cases.  The purpose of the Advice Desk is to help people represent themselves in court on simple family matters and to resolve issues after the entry of a divorce order, called a judgment of dissolution.  Litigants should bring any relevant court documents with them.

The Domestic Relations Advice Desk is administered by CARPLS.

LAF (formerly Legal Assistance Foundation)
(312) 341-1070

  • Child abuse and neglect
  • Public benefits, employment discrimination and special education
  • Evictions and voucher terminations for people with Housing Choice (Section 8) Vouchers and people living in public housing or project-based Section 8 housing
  • Juvenile expungement

Pro Bono Attorney Program

Fifth Municipal District Courthouse
10220 South 76th Avenue
Bridgeview, Illinois 60453
Lower Level, Cafeteria
Tuesdays only, 8 a.m. to 12 noon
Phone: (708) 371-4930

Legal assistance provided by the Southwest Suburban Bar Association


  • Landlord/tenant disputes
  • Breach of contract claims
  • Small claims matters
  • Filing of wills
  • Orders of protection
  • Expungement paperwork review
  • Limited matters relating to divorce/custody/parentage 

Referrals to an attorney also available.

The Pro Bono attorney cannot represent clients in court.

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