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Here's Where You Can Drop Off Your Mail-in Ballot Across the Chicago Area

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If you've requested to vote by mail but want to personally hand deliver your ballot to make sure it gets to your local election authority in time to be counted, there are several locations where you can drop it off across the Chicago area.

Nearly 2 million people in Illinois have applied to vote by mail as of Thursday.

Voters have until Oct. 29 to request a mail ballot, though election officials advise you apply much earlier, preferably by Oct. 15 in order to allow for sufficient time for the ballot to arrive and be returned. To be counted, your mail-in ballot must be postmarked by Election Day.

If you requested to vote by mail but would prefer to vote in person, you can do so by surrendering that mail-in ballot to an election judge for cancellation at an early voting site or your polling place, then casting your ballot there in person.

The Illinois State Board of Elections issued a warning once early voting opened: If you have already requested to vote by mail, do not to attempt to vote early in person before your ballot arrives.

If you did not receive your mail-in ballot, you can vote in person by signing an affidavit that you did not receive it or were informed by your election authority that they did not receive your ballot in the mail.

But if you complete your mail-in ballot at home and want to bypass the U.S. Postal Service to return it, you can only bring your ballot to one of the locations listed for your county - do not put it in a drop box for a different election authority!

Anyone who is not yet registered to vote can do so online here through 11:59 p.m. on Oct. 18, or in person at several locations like government offices and public libraries up to 27 days before the election.

Beginning Oct. 7, voters can register in person at any of the early voting locations using grace period registration but must be prepared to cast their ballots at the same time. Those wishing to do so are required to bring two forms of ID, one of which has the voter's current address.

If you choose to forego both voting by mail and early voting, and just want to vote on Election Day, unless you are in Chicago and Cook County, you will only have one option: your designated polling place, which you can find on your local election authority's website.

You can find every mail-in ballot drop box location across Illinois here. Locations where you can drop off your mail-in ballot across the Chicago area are as follows:

City of Chicago

All early voting locations will have a mail-in ballot drop box on site.

Loop Super Site at Clark and Lake at 191 N. Clark St.
Early voting hours:
Oct. 1 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All of the following locations are open for early voting and ballot drop-off from Oct. 14 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., plus on Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Loop Super Site at Clark & Lake - 191 N. Clark St.
  • Ward 1 - Goldblatts Building, 1615 W Chicago Ave.
  • Ward 2 - Ogden Elementary School, 24 W Walton St.
  • Ward 3 - Beethoven Elementary School,  25 W 47th St.
  • Ward 4 - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Center,  4314 S Cottage Grove
  • Ward 5 - Ray Elementary School,  5631 S Kimbark Ave.
  • Ward 6 - Deneen Elementary School, 7257 S State St.
  • Ward 7 - Burnham Elementary School,  9928 S Crandon Ave.
  • Ward 8 - Olive Harvey College,  10001 S Woodlawn Ave.
  • Ward 9 - Curtis Elementary School,  32 E 115th St.
  • Ward 10 - Sadlowski Elementary School,  3930 E 105th St.
  • Ward 11 - Sheridan Elementary School, 533 W 27th St.
  • Ward 12 - Kelly High School,  4136 S California Ave.
  • Ward 13 - West Lawn Park,  4233 W 65th St.
  • Ward 14 - Edwards Elementary School,  4815 S Karlov Ave.
  • Ward 15 - Carson Elementary School,  5516 S Maplewood Ave.
  • Ward 16 - Lindblom Park,  6054 S Damen Ave.
  • Ward 17 - Southside High School,  7342 S Hoyne Ave.
  • Ward 18 - Carroll Elementary School,  2929 W 83rd St.
  • Ward 19 - Beverly Arts Center,  2407 W 111th St. 
  • Ward 20 - Fiske Elementary School, 6020 S. Langley Ave.
  • Ward 21 - Turner - Drew Language Acad.,  9300 S Princeton Ave.
  • Ward 22 - Ortiz De Dominguez Elementary School,  3000 S Lawndale Ave.
  • Ward 23 - Dore Elementary School, 7134 W 65th St.
  • Ward 24 - Herzl Elementary School,  3711 W Douglas Blvd.
  • Ward 25 - Jungman Elementary School,  1746 S Miller St.
  • Ward 26 - Casals Elementary School 3501,  W Potomac Ave.
  • Ward 27 - Suder Elementary School,  2022 W Washington Blvd
  • Ward 28 - Westside Learning Center,  4624 W Madison St.
  • Ward 29 - Burbank Elementary School,  2035 N Mobile Ave.
  • Ward 30 - Lorca Elementary School,  3231 N Springfield Ave.
  • Ward 31 - Falconer Elementary School,  3020 N Lamon Ave.
  • Ward 32 - Pulaski Elementary School,  2230 W McLean Ave.
  • Ward 33 - Bateman Elementary School,  4220 N Richmond St.
  • Ward 34 - Dunne Elementary School,  10845 S Union Ave.
  • Ward 35 - NEIU El Centro,  3390 N Avondale Ave.
  • Ward 36 - Hanson Park Elementary School,  5411 W Fullerton Ave.
  • Ward 37 - McNair Elementary School,  4820 W Walton St.
  • Ward 38 - Hiawatha Park,  8029 W Forest Preserve Dr.
  • Ward 39 - Sauganash Elementary School,  6040 N Kilpatrick Ave.
  • Ward 40 - Mather High School,  5835 N Lincoln Ave.
  • Ward 41 - Oriole Park Elementary School,  5424 N Oketo Ave.
  • Ward 42 - Maggie Daley Park,  337 E. Randolph St.
  • Ward 43 - Lincoln Park High School,  2001 N Orchard St.
  • Ward 44 - Inter American Elementary School,  851 W Waveland Ave.
  • Ward 45 - Hitch Elementary School,  5625 N McVicker Ave.
  • Ward 46 - Truman College,  1145 W Wilson Ave
  • Ward 47 - Welles Park,  2333 W Sunnyside Ave.
  • Ward 48 - Broadway Armory,  5917 N Broadway
  • Ward 49 - New Field Elementary School,  1707 W Morse Ave.
  • Ward 50 - Warren Park,  6601 N Western Ave.

Suburban Cook County

All early voting locations will have a mail-in ballot drop box on site.

All of Cook County's early voting locations listed here will be open from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Six locations as noted below will open Oct. 7 to Oct. 16 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

  • Chicago Pedway, 69 W Washington St in Chicago (open Oct. 7, open on Election Day)
  • Arlington Heights Village Hall, 33 S Arlington Heights Rd in Arlington eights
  • Barrington Hills Village Hall, 112 Algonquin Rd in Barrington
  • Bellwood Village Hall, 3200 Washington Blvd in Bellwood
  • Bridgeview Courthouse (Room 238), 10220 S 76th Ave in Bridgeview (open Oct. 7)
  • Brookfield Village Hall, 8820 Brookfield Ave in Brookfield
  • Burbank (Prairie Trails Library District), 8449 S Moody Ave in Burbank
  • Calumet City Library, 660 Manistee Ave in Calumet City
  • Calumet Township Community Center, 12633 S Ashland Ave in Calumet Park
  • Chicago Heights (Prairie State College) Conference Center Proven IT Room 1318., 202 S Halsted St in Chicago Heights
  • Cicero Community Center, 2250 S 49th Ave in Cicero
  • Cicero PSO Building, 5410 W 34th St in Cicero
  • Crestwood (Andrew Biela Senior Citizen Center), 4545 Midlothian Turnpike in Crestwood
  • Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood St in Des Plaines
  • Elk Grove Village Hall, 901 Wellington Ave in Elk Grove Village
  • Elmwood Park Village Hall, 11 W Conti Parkway in Elmwood Park
  • Evanston Civic Center, 2100 Ridge Ave in Evanston
  • Franklin Park Village Hall, 9500 Belmont Ave in Franklin Park
  • Glenview Village Hall, 2500 E Lake Ave in Glenview
  • Harvey City Hall, 1530 Broadway Ave in Harvey
  • Hodgkins Village Hall, 8990 Lyons St in Hodgkins
  • Hoffman Estates Village Hall, 1900 Hassell Rd in Hoffman Estates
  • Lansing Public Library, 2750 Indiana Ave in Lansing
  • Lemont Township Hall, 1115 Warner Ave in Lemont
  • Lyons Village Hall, 4200 S Lawndale Ave in Lyons
  • Markham Courthouse (Room 238), 16501 S Kedzie Ave in Markham (open Oct. 7)
  • Matteson Community Center, 20642 Matteson Ave in Matteson
  • Maywood Courthouse (Whitcomb Building, Room 104), 1311 Maybrook Square in Maywood (open Oct. 7)
  • Melrose Park Village Hall, 1000 N 25th Ave in Melrose Park
  • Mount Prospect Village Hall, 50 S Emerson St in Mount Prospect
  • Niles Village Hall, 1000 Civic Center Dr in Niles
  • Norridge Village Hall, 4000 N Olcott Ave in Norridge
  • Northbrook Village Hall, in 1225 Cedar Ln in Northbrook
  • Oak Forest City Hall, 15440 S Central Ave in Oak Forest
  • Oak Lawn Village Hall, 9446 S Raymond Ave in Oak Lawn
  • Oak Park Village Hall, 123 Madison St in Oak Park
  • Orland Township, 14807 Ravinia Ave in Orland Park
  • Palatine Temporary Village Hall, 150 W Wilson St in Palatine
  • Palos Heights Recreation Center, 6601 W 127th St in Palos Heights
  • Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Dr in Park Forest
  • Park Ridge City Hall, 505 Butler Pl in Park Ridge
  • Rolling Meadows Courthouse (Room 238), 2121 Euclid Ave in Rolling Meadows (open Oct. 7)
  • Schaumburg (Trickster Art Gallery), 190 S Roselle Rd in Schaumburg
  • Skokie (Oakton Community College - Skokie Campus), 7701 Lincoln St in Skokie
  • Skokie Courthouse (Room 149), 5600 Old Orchard Road in Skokie (open Oct. 7)
  • South Chicago Heights Senior Center, 3140 Enterprise Park Ave in South Chicago Heights
  • Streamwood Village Hall (Rear Garage), 351 E Irving Park Rd in Streamwood
  • Thornton Township Hall, 333 E 162nd St in South Holland
  • Tinley Park Village Hall, 16250 S Oak Park Ave in Tinley Park
  • Union Station, 225 S Canal St in Chicago
  • Wheeling (Indian Trails Public Library), 355 Schoenbeck Rd in Wheeling
  • Wilmette (Centennial Ice Rinks), 2300 Old Glenview Rd in Wilmette

DuPage County

Mail-in ballots can be dropped off at any early voting location listed below, as well as at the DuPage County Clerk Election Division office in the Jack T. Knuepfer Administration Building located at 421 N County Farm Road in Wheaton. Drop boxes will be placed in the parking lot and main entrance of the building.

DuPage County Fairgrounds, located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 to Oct. 17 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All of the following locations are open for early voting from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • College of DuPage at 425 Fawell Blvd in Glen Ellyn
  • Elmhurst City Hall at 209 N. York Rd. in Elmhurst
  • Safety Village in Darien at 7400 Cass Ave. in Darien

All of the following locations are open for early voting from Oct. 19 through Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Addison Township Office at 401 N. Addison Rd. in Addison
  • The Annex at Abbington Banquet Hall at 3s002 Rt. 53 in Glen Ellyn
  • Bartlett Community Center at 700 S. Bartlett Rd. in Bartlett
  • The Courtyard at 3s200 Rt. 59 in Warrenville
  • Darien Office Complex at 8255 Lemont Rd. in Darien
  • Downers Grove Village Hall at 801 Burlington Ave. in Downers Grove
  • DuPage County Fairgrounds at 2015 W. Manchester Rd. in Wheaton
  • Fox Valley Mall at 195 Fox Valley Center Dr. in Aurora
  • Islamic Center of Naperville at 25W530 75th St in Naperville
  • Kings Hall Banquets at 1000 Unit #40 Rohlwing Rd. in Lombard
  • Lisle Park District / Wheatstack Restaurant at 5900 S. Rt. 53 in Naperville
  • Naperville Municipal Center at 400 S. Eagle St. in Naperville
  • Old Farm Market Place at 2011 S. Washington St. in Naperville
  • Stratford Square Mall at 152 Stratford Square Entrance 3 in Bloomingdale
  • Yorktown Center Lombard at The Shops At Yorktown #42 in Lombard
  • DuPage County Fairgrounds, located at 2015 Manchester Road in Wheaton

Will County

Mail-in ballot drop boxes will be located at eight locations throughout the county, five of which are also early voting sites (noted below). Election officials say you cannot leave your mail-in ballots at early voting locations or at polling places on Election Day.

  • The Will County Clerk’s Office, 302 N. Chicago St., in downtown Joliet. The drop box will be under camera surveillance outside the building. Voters may drive up and deposit their ballots at any time. (also an early voting location)
  • Fountaindale Public Library, 300 W. Briarcliff Road, Bolingbrook. The box will be located inside the library, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday. (also an early voting location)
  • Naperville 95th Street Library, 3015 Cedar Glade Dr., Naperville. Located inside the library, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. Sunday. (also an early voting location)
  • Plainfield Public Library, 15025 S. Illinois St., Plainfield. Located inside the library, which is open from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday and10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed Sunday.
  • White Oak Library, 121 E. Eighth St., Lockport. Located inside the library, which is open from 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 1-5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Wilmington Public Library, 201 S. Kankakee St., Wilmington. Located inside the library, which is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.
  • Frankfort Public Library, 21119 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. Located inside the library, which is open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. The library is closed Sunday. (also an early voting location)
  • Governor State University, 1 University Parkway, University Park. Located inside the university’s main building, which will be open from 6 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, and noon to 9 p.m. on Sunday. (also an early voting location)

Kankakee County

Mail-in ballots can be returned only at the Kankakee County Clerk's Office, either in person or via drop box on site. The clerk's office is also an early voting location.

Kankakee County Clerk's Office at 189 E. Court St. in Kankakee
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 to Oct. 16 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Grundy County

Mail-in ballots can be returned via drop box at the Grundy County Courthouse, the county's only early voting location.

Grundy County Courthouse Lobby at 111 E. Washington St. in Morris
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 to Nov. 2, weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. (extended to 7 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning Oct. 6)
Oct 3. to Oct. 21 on weekends from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. (extended to 1 p.m. on Oct. 14, Oct. 24 and Oct. 31)
Closed on Oct. 4 and Oct. 12

Kendall County

Mail-in ballots can be returned only at the Kendall County Clerk's Office during business hours and in the drop box located at 111 W. Fox St. in Yorkville.

Kendall County Clerk's Office at 111 W. Fox St. Room 103 in Yorkville
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 to Oct. 16 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Kane County

Mail-in ballots can be dropped at three locations: the Kane County Clerk's Office, the Aurora Satellite Office and the City of Elgin building, which are all early voting locations listed below.

Both of the following locations are open from Sept. 24 through Oct. 16 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., then from Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m."
Kane County Clerk's Office at at 719 S. Batavia Ave., Bldg B in Geneva (will have a ballot drop box)
Kane County Clerk's Aurora Satellite Office at 5 E. Downer Pl. in Aurora (will have a ballot drop box)

City of Elgin at 150 Dexter Ct. in Elgin (will have a ballot drop box)
Early voting hours:
Oct. 19 to Oct. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

DeKalb County

Mail-in ballots can be returned in person only to the DeKalb County Clerk's Office at 110 E. Sycamore St. in Sycamore.

LaSalle County

Mail-in ballots can be returned to the LaSalle County Governmental Center, the county's only early voting location, in person or via drop box outside the east entrance.

LaSalle County Governmental Center at 707 E. Etna Rd. in Ottawa
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (extended to 7 p.m. on Oct. 22 and Oct. 26 to Oct. 30)
Oct. 10 to Oct. 31 on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Oct. 25 and Nov. 1 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Election Day from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.

McHenry County

Mail-in ballots can be returned at the McHenry County Clerk's Office, either in person or via drop box, as well as five early voting locations listed below.

McHenry County Clerk's Office at 667 Ware Rd. in Woodstock (ballot drop box available 24 hours)
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 to Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

All of the following locations will accept mail-in ballots and are open for early voting from Oct. 19 through Nov. 2 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • McHenry County Administration Building at 667 Ware Rd. in Woodstock (ballot drop box available 24 hours)
  • McHenry Township Office at 3703 N. Richmond Rd. in Johnsburg
  • The Dole Mansion at 401 Country Club Rd. in Crystal Lake
  • McHenry City Hall at 333 S. Green St. in McHenry
  • Lake in the Hills Village Hall at 600 Harvest Gate in Lake in the Hills

All of the following locations are open for early voting from Oct. 19 through Oct. 31 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Huntley Park District at 12015 Mill St. in Huntley
  • Cary Area Library at 1606 Three Oaks Rd. in Cary
  • Algonquin Library at 2600 Harnish Dr. in Algonquin

All of the following locations are open for early voting from Oct. 19 to Oct. 30 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and on Oct. 31 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:

  • Nunda Township Offices at 3510 Bay Rd. in Crystal Lake
  • Dunham Township Office at 107 Airport Rd. in Harvard
  • Marengo City Hall at 132 E. Prairie St. in Marengo

Lake County

Mail-in ballots can be returned in person at the Lake County Clerk's office, via drop boxes located inside all early voting locations, at the Lake County Fairgrounds on Nov. 2 and Nov. 3 and at four courthouses: Juvenile Branch Court in Vernon Hills, Mundelein Branch Court in Mundelein, Round Lake Branch Court in Round Lake Beach and Park City Branch Court in Park City. More details can be found here.

Lake County Clerk's office, courthouse lobby at 18 N. County St. in Waukegan (will have a ballot drop box)
Early voting hours:
Sept. 24 to Oct. 16 on weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Oct. 19 to Nov. 1 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.

All of the following locations are open from Oct. 19 through Nov. 1 on weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and weekends from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.:

  • Antioch Township Office at 1625 Deep Lake Rd. in Lake Villa
  • Lake County Fairgrounds at 1060 E. Peterson Rd. in Grayslake
  • Avon Township at 433 E. Washington St. in Round Lake Park
  • Lake County Clerk's office, courthouse lobby at 18 N. County St. in Waukegan
  • Ela Township Office at 1155 E. Route 22 in Lake Zurich
  • Lake Forest City Hall at 220 E. Deerpath Rd. in Lake Forest
  • Fremont Township Office at 22385 W. Route 60 in Mundelein
  • North Chicago City Hall at 1850 Lewis Ave. in North Chicago
  • Gurnee Village Hall at 325 N. O’Plaine Rd. in Gurnee
  • Wauconda Township Office at 505 W. Bonner Rd. in Wauconda
  • Highland Park Country Club at 1201 Park Ave. W in Highland Park
  • West Deerfield Township Office at 601 Deerfield Rd. in Deerfield
  • Jane Addams Center/Bowen Park at 95 Jack Benny Dr. in Waukegan
  • William E. Peterson Park at 16652 N. Buffalo Grove Rd. in Prairie View
  • Lake Barrington Village Hall at 23860 N. Old Barrington Rd. in Lake Barrington
  • Zion City Hall at 2828 Sheridan Rd. in Zion
  • Lake County Central Permit Facility at 500 W. Winchester Rd. in Libertyville

All of the following locations are open on Nov. 2 from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.:

  • Gurnee Village Hall at 325 N. O’Plaine Rd. in Gurnee
  • Jane Addams Center/Bowen Park at 95 Jack Benny Dr. in Waukegan
  • Lake County Clerk's office, courthouse lobby at 18 N. County St. in Waukegan
  • North Chicago City Hall at 1850 Lewis Ave. in North Chicago
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