Skip to main content

Chicago Immigration Court

Court Announcements

About the Court

The Chicago Immigration Court falls under the jurisdiction of the Office of the Chief Immigration Judge, which is a component of the Executive Office for Immigration Review under the Department of Justice.

Contact the Court

(1) Chicago Immigration Court


55 E. Monroe St., Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60603


  • Public Hours: 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  
  • Window Filing Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.




There is onsite parking in the 55 E. Monroe St. building for a fee. There is also a public parking garage located at the Adams & Wabash Self-Park at 17. E. Adams. For public transportation, adjacent to the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) stop at Adams/Wabash, there are multiple bus stops with proximity to the Union, Northwestern Metra Electric and South Shore Lines.

Building Access and Security Screening Process

All visitors to the Chicago Immigration Court must undergo security screening through a metal detector machine as well as a handbag screening each time they visit the Immigration Court. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed. Visitors must not bring any cameras, video or recording equipment.

(2) Chicago Immigration Court Satellite Location (Detained)


536 S. Clark St., Room 340
Chicago, IL  60605


  • Public Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.  
  • Window Filing Hours: 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m.



The Immigration Court does not accept faxes or other electronic submissions unless the transmission has been specifically requested by the Immigration Court staff or the Immigration Judge. Unauthorized transmissions are not made part of the record and are discarded without consideration of the document or notice to the sender.


A public parking garage is located on the corner of Clark and Harrison ($14 early arrival special rate). For public transportation, the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) Blue Line to the LaSalle stop or the Red Line to the Harrison stop. The Chicago Transit Authority website: www.transitchicago.comThe Metra train; the LaSalle Street Station (Rock Island Metra line)

Building Access and Security Screening Process

Lobby Entrance: All visitors enter at the 101 W. Congress Parkway entrance (corner of Clark and W. Congress Parkway.)

Security Procedures: All visitors to the Chicago Immigration Court must undergo security screening through a metal detector machine as well as a handbag screening each time they visit the Immigration Court. Shoes may be required to be removed, if needed. Visitors must not bring any cameras, video or recording equipment.

Assistant Chief Immigration Judge*

Jennifer I. Peyton - in person

Staff Assistant or Alternate POC


Court Administrator

Jose Juarez (Acting)

Immigration Judges

  • Jody Barilla - in-person and Webex (individual hearings)
    • Clerk Ray Jackson (Out of court support only)
  • Maria Baldini-Potermin - in-person (non-detained) and web based (detained)
    • Clerk: Joseph Giamberdino
  • Samuel B. Cole - in person and web based
    • Clerk: Elias Vega 
  • Elizabeth Crites - in person
    • Clerk: Thomas Rivera
  • Brendan Curran - in person
    • Clerk: Grace Medina
  • Craig A. Defoe - in person
    • Clerk: Eddie Morin 
  • Carla Espinoza - in person
    • Clerk: Gabrielle Giamarusti 
  • Philip Fluhr - in person
    • Clerk: Andrew Oppong
  • Michael P. Klosowsky - in person
    • Clerk: Jolanta Smaciarz 
  • Patrick M. McKenna - in person and web based
    • Clerk: Kenya Williams
  • Ana M. Mencini - in person
    • Clerk: Sokya Jones 
  • Samia Naseem - in person and web based
    • Clerk: Monika Podgorski
  • Kristi Nelson - in person 
    • Clerk: Kinielle Johnson
  • Sebastian T. Patti - in person
    • Clerk: Ariana Calderon
  • Gina L. Reynolds - in person
    • Clerk: Hilda Manzano
  • Robin Rosche - internet-based every Monday and Tuesday; in person every other Thursday and Friday
    • Clerk: Alex Miller
      312 220-0264
  • Kaarina Salovaara - in person
    • Clerk: Lorinda Collins
  • Eva S. Saltzman - internet-based; in person every Wednesday
    • Clerk: Susan Smart
  • Marc B. Stahl - in person
    • Clerk: Melanie Reed
  • Elizabeth Treacy - in person
    • Clerk Thomas Rivera  312 220-0258
  • Michelle M. Venci - in person
    • Clerk: Elias Vega
  • Lori S. Yokoyama - in person
    • Clerk: Irvina Calvert

Supervisory Legal Administrative Specialists

Lorinda Collins

Heriberto “Eddie” Morin

Melanie Reed

Elias Vega

Legal Assistants

Nadine Boyle

Ray Jackson

Elizabeth Nathan

Ofelia Vargas

Support Services Specialist


*Backup Assistant Chief Immigration Judge: Megan R. Jackler

Public Health

Consistent with public health officials’ guidance, EOIR has implemented practices to help to protect all people working in and visiting EOIR spaces throughout the country. Please see the agency’s Public Health Notice for more information.

EOIR operates within a variety of settings across the country, most commonly in federal or leased buildings controlled by the General Services Administration and detention facilities operated by the Department of Homeland Security. All visitors to any building or facility in which an EOIR operation is located are required to comply with all relevant laws or policies governing access to those buildings or facilities. Individuals who do not comply with any relevant laws or policies may be denied access to or asked to leave the building or facility. Individuals seeking to visit any building or facility in which an EOIR operation is located are encouraged to contact the building or facility in advance to determine any relevant policies or laws related to entry.

The immigration court has put into place procedures to implement the guidance of public health officials. Please take note of the information below and be prepared to follow these and any additional instructions provided to you when you arrive for your hearing.

  • Be prepared – have a mask available. Face coverings may be required in the courtroom if directed by the presiding immigration judge. As necessary and when appropriate, individuals with medical conditions that prevent them from wearing a face covering should alert the judge to their situation.
  • To maintain appropriate social distancing and best facilitate hearings, you may be asked to move or leave a particular area.
  • Waiting times to enter the building and EOIR space may be significantly longer than usual. Make arrangements to arrive in advance of your hearing so you arrive to the courtroom on time.
  • Social distancing (maintaining a distance of six feet from those with whom you do not live) is required.
    • Please remember this while choosing to enter an elevator. Elevator wait times may be significantly longer than usual for this reason.
    • In EOIR space, staff or signs may direct you to a seat. If instructed to sit in a particular location, do not switch seats.
  • Please do not bring people with you into EOIR space unless they are required to be present for your hearing. Remember that the immigration court may limit entry.

Immigration Court Procedures

For information regarding procedures for practice before the immigration courts, please review the Immigration Court Practice Manual.

Helpful Links and Information 

The U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) are part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and are therefore separate from the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR). For more information about those DHS offices, please see the following links:

News Media/Congressional Inquiries

News media and congressional inquiries regarding the immigration court must be directed to the EOIR Communications and Legislative Affairs Division (CLAD):

Communications and Legislative Affairs Division
5107 Leesburg Pike, Suite 1800
Falls Church, VA 22041
703-305-0289 (phone)

Holidays and Emergencies

The immigration court is open Monday to Friday except for federal holidays. The Office of Personnel Management publishes a list of the observed dates of every federal holiday by year online at this link: OPM holidays. Additionally, the court may have to unexpectedly close due to inclement weather or another emergency. When necessary, information on immigration court closures or changes to the immigration court’s operating hours is available at the following links: (1) Twitter and (2) Facebook.


Attorneys and accredited representatives are required to register with EOIR in order to represent respondents in immigration court. More information is available at the following link: eRegistry Validation Process.

Legal Self-Help Center

The EOIR, Office of Legal Access Programs has created numerous self-help materials with many helpful resources for respondents, including information on what to do if respondents have moved or missed a hearing.


EOIR warns respondents about immigration fraud perpetrated by notarios who claim to provide legal assistance but are unable to represent respondents in immigration court, provide legal services, or give legal advice. For more information, please see the following document:


Immigration court decisions are first appealable to the Board of Immigration Appeals (BIA). Instructions on how to file an appeal and the Appeals Form EOIR-26, Notice of Appeal from a Decision of an Immigration Judge, are available online in the E-26 and appeal instructions. The BIA website contains more information on the appeals process and procedure.

Virtual Law Library

The EOIR Virtual Law Library (VLL) contains many other legal resources and country conditions research resources as well as other reference materials.

Observing Court

Generally, immigration court proceedings are open to the public. An overview of when immigration court hearings might be closed as well as general guidelines for behavior when observing immigration court hearings are available at the following link: Observing Immigration Court Hearings. Note, the use of electronic devices, including audio/visual recordings of hearings and taking photographs, is prohibited in immigration court.

Updated April 11, 2024