Generally, a Standard Plan Review with drawings stamped by an architect would be required whenever walls are being built or removed. That is usually the case whether it is owner occupied or not. You are allowed to act as your own GC in that case though. I would look at the City of Chicago Department of Buildings website. You might be able to go to a neighborhood permit center or the easy permit desk at city hall and explain your situation and get a better (less expensive) way to remedy the violation. Be sure to take the violation and any other info you have when you go. Photos might be helpful too. If you have any questions feel free to call or email me at the contact info on our website. The department of buildings can be tough to navigate.
I am actually buying this property from the bank. It is a foreclosure. The violation is due to the work being done without a permit. So I was just trying to take the least expensive route in order to cure the violation. Im assuming that the original basement was just open so I was just going to open it up. Will I need an architect just to make it an open basement? What type of permit would I need to get being that this building will be owner occupied?