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From 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. family and friends of individuals in custody can post bond at the Cook County Jail with credit card, cash or certified check. The bonding facility inside the Department of Corrections is managed by the Clerk of the Circuit Court.

Division 5 front gate

Bonding Locations

Where: Division Five, 2700 S. California Ave.

Time: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

If you are posting bond Monday-Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 3 p.m (excluding holidays), you may do so at the following locations:

Skokie Courthouse
Second Municipal District
5600 Old Orchard Road, Skokie 60077

Rolling Meadows Courthouse
Third Municipal District
2121 Euclid Ave., Rolling Meadows 60008

Maywood Courthouse
Fourth Municipal District
1500 Maybrook Ave., Maywood 60153

Bridgeview Courthouse
Fifth Municipal District
10220 S. 76th Ave., Bridgeview 60455

Markham Courthouse
Sixth Municipal District
16501 Kedzie Ave., Markham, IL 60428

Acceptable Payment Methods

Cash (US currency only), bank, or cashier checks only, no personal checks and no money orders.

When paying by check, the check is payable to the Clerk of the Circuit Court and must be presented during normal banking hours (the Clerk of the Circuit Court bonding clerk will speak with a bank employee for verification).

You may pay cash bail by Credit or Debit Card. A non-refundable service fee of 2.13% will be charged. The actual payment card used and a valid photo identification are required to process the payment. Posting of bail bonds by credit card must be transacted in person at 2700 S. California Ave. Chicago, IL 60608.

Cook County Courts will no longer require people arrested and charged after September 18, 2023, with crimes to pay money for their pretrial release.  This means that the previous system, in which access to cash often determined whether someone is detained in jail until trial, is replaced with a system designed to detain people charged with more serious, violent crimes and to release people charged with non-violent, less serious crimes.  Cases that were filed before September 18, 2023 may still have cash bond requirements.

Bonding Policies and Procedures

Newly booked individuals

Individuals coming to the department after being arrested and attending initial appearance hearing must be processed before bond is posted. The waiting time will depend on when the individual’s court paperwork is brought to the department from court and processed.

For all individuals in custody

You may now be able to expedite the bonding process by completing the form below. Once received we will begin to prepare the individuals file for your arrival. For individuals already in custody whom were in court today, additional time may be needed to receive and process the new court paperwork. Please note: If the individual has a hold from another agency, the bonding process can not begin until you are present in person as we will require additional information from such agency.

After bond has been posted it can take approximately 2 to 3 hours to complete the discharge process. For any individual who must be placed on a GPS monitor by the Cook County Adult Probation Department the discharge time may be increased.