In 2013, the Chicago Board of Education closed 47 chicago schools, the largest school closures at one time in US History. The new organizations like The Chicago Reporter and others are tracking the impact of school closures. Hull-House has compiled some of the reporting in preparation for the upcoming event Part 3: More Closed Schools? Chicago Public Schools Before and After the Moratorium. RSVP for the event to hear directly from Reporter Kalyn Belsha of The Chicago Reporter and from Hull-House exhibition partner Creative Grounds, a collective tracking and transforming vacant public school spaces.

January 13, 2017
By Kalyn Belsha, 
The Chicago Reporter

Key Elementary School, located in the predominantly black Austin neighborhood, has stood empty since 2013 when it became one of 50 under-enrolled Chicago public schools shuttered to save money.

February 12, 2017
By Kalyn Belsha and Keifer, 
The Chicago Reporter  

The Chicago Reporter is tracking the status of the public schools that were shuttered five years ago in the largest mass school closure in U.S. history. There are still 15 vacant schools located in mostly poor, African-American neighborhoods on Chicago’s South and West sides that have yet to sell or be repurposed.

July 24, 2017
By Kalyn Belsha, The Chicago Reporter

Developers buying shuttered Chicago schools face stiff competition for tax credits that make their repurposing plans viable.

March 1, 2018
By Kalyn Belsha, The Chicago Reporter

Maintaining NTA as an elementary school was important to TerrondaHarris for one big reason: Her kids had already been through a school closure.

March 21, 2018
By Daniel Moattar, South Side Weekly

Before the National Teachers Academy conversion proposal, emails reveal a multi-year history of the plan for a new neighborhood high school. 


This page highlights content connected to Jane Addams Hull-House Museum's current exhibition Claiming Space: Creative Grounds and Freedom Summer School, a exhibition that explores the transformation of public school space amidst school closures on the West Side. Making the West Side: Community Conversations on Neighborhood Change is a Hull-House project that investigates the history of neighborhood change and contemporary issues on Chicago’s West Side.