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Chicagoans of the Year 2012

With recent headlines too often focusing on shootings and assorted bad guys, it’s high time to single out some people who have made good—no, amazing—things happen in Chicago this year. They include a low-key philanthropist, a community-minded playwright, an innovative jazzman, a dedicated educator, and a young teen and a pediatric surgeon linked by acts … Read more

Best Public Schools in Chicago and the Suburbs

Despite the strains on public schools right now—especially in Chicago—the best ones still deliver a terrific education. But which ones are the best? Check out our rankings of the 133 top elementary and high schools in the area. PLUS: Read how to get your child into the best CPS schools and our methodology for ranking the top 133