School Closures

Chicago’s 50 Closed Schools

The Chicago Sun-Times and WBEZ spent months investigating how the closing of 50 schools in 2013 — the nation’s largest number of public schools shuttered in a single action — changed the city, the school system, the children and their families.

In a series of stories, we explore three core promises made by city officials a decade ago: That the students would be better off after their school closed, that their new schools would be transformed and that their former school buildings would be reborn as community assets. Here is what we learned.