Photo by Brooke Collins

Weekly Roundup: Air Conditioning For Every CPS Classroom!

By spring 2017 every CPS student will be going to class in an air conditioned classroom!

In just over two weeks, hundreds of thousands of kids will be heading back to school. And this week, Mayor Emanuel announced that by spring 2017 every CPS student will be going to class in an air conditioned classroom.

Air conditioning will be installed at the final 61 CPS schools, fulfilling a pledge made by Mayor Emanuel in his first term. The Mayor vowed to ensure all students and teachers — in every neighborhood — would be able to focus on their education in a comfortable environment.

In total, 283 schools will have received air conditioning since the Mayor took office in 2011.

Photo by Brooke Collins

Peak TSA checkpoint wait times at Chicago O’Hare International Airport have declined by more than 90 percent since May!

Mayor Emanuel announced that peak TSA checkpoint wait times at Chicago O’Hare International Airport have declined by more than 90 percent since May!

In the month of July, the average peak wait time at O’Hare was seven minutes as compared to 105 minutes in May. At Midway International Airport, the average peak wait time in July was 10 minutes as compared to 65 minutes in May. The significant reduction in TSA wait times — done while also ensuring airport security — is a result of Mayor Emanuel’s collaborative efforts with the TSA Administrator other federal partners to secure additional screening officers and canine teams assigned to O’Hare and Midway.

The continued improvement in TSA wait times at both airports is provided in bi-weekly performance reports that have been released by the Chicago Department of Aviation (CDA) since mid-May. The improvement has come even as passenger volumes at O’Hare and Midway increased during the summer months. The TSA performance reports for O’Hare and Midway International Airports can be found here.

‘Go Run this fall!

Mayor Emanuel, the Chicago Park District and the Chicago Area Runners Association (CARA) announced ‘Go Run is returning this fall. The free series of organized and timed 1 mile and 5K community runs in neighborhood parks launched this summer with more than 1,800 participants logging almost 3,000 miles!

‘Go Run kicks off Saturday, September 24 at three separate park locations: Humboldt Park, Warren Park and Washington Park; and will take place every Saturday at 9 a.m. for eight consecutive weeks, until November 12. Participants will be able to choose to run or walk a 1 mile or 5K course, located entirely within their neighborhood park.

‘Go Runs are open to everyone, from long-time runners to newcomers, who are interested in coming out to their neighborhood park to race, run, jog, walk or volunteer.

Participants and volunteers can sign-up online at or before the run each Saturday between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m.

Photo by Brooke Collins

Construction has started on Chicago’s newest innovation and technology hub!

Located on Illinois Tech’s campus, the 70,000-square-foot Ed Kaplan Family Institute for Innovation and Tech Entrepreneurship will serve as a one-of-a-kind hub for invention in Chicago.

“Chicago is a global hub for technology and innovation thanks to great academic institutions like Illinois Tech,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Today’s groundbreaking on the new Kaplan Institute will help keep Chicago at the forefront of innovation and create new economic opportunities that will reach every corner the city for years to come.”

The center is Illinois Tech’s first new academic building in 40 years and builds on the school’s history of turning good ideas into successful tech businesses like Cleversafe. Founded in 2004 in the school’s technology incubator, Cleversafe grew to employ more than 200 people before it was acquired by IBM last year.

The building is designed by Chicago architect John Ronan and will feature technologically advanced building materials, systems and sustainable processes. Construction of the 70,000-square-foot building will take 18 months.

Photo by Patrick Pyszka

World-Class Tennis Facility coming to Chicago’s South Side!

There’s a new tennis facility coming to the Washington Park community. Mayor Emanuel joined XS Tennis and Congressman Rush to launch construction on the 150,000 square-foot, world-class facility. The development will feature 12 indoor tennis courts, 15 outdoor tennis courts, a fitness center, running track, training space and classrooms.

The Chicago XS Tennis organization serves over 2,000 CPS students weekly through its free Tennis XSpress program. When construction is complete, the organization’s investment in CPS programming will double, increasing the number of participating schools from 10 to 20 and exposing more than 4,000 CPS students to the sport of tennis and the habits of an active and healthy lifestyle.

The facility is expected to be complete in fall 2017.

Free museum days for Chicago’s students!

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Museums in the Park president Gary Johnson announced free admission for Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students to the city’s top cultural institutions next week — just in time for them to brush up on learning and culture before school starts on September 6th!

Ten of the city’s top cultural institutions are supporting CPS students as they prepare to return for a new school year with free general admission to the museum sites on select days beginning Sunday, August 28th through Saturday, September 3rd.

All CPS students will be eligible for free general admission with proof of student ID OR a copy of their spring 2016 school report card. This will also grant students free admission for one adult to accompany them, with some sites providing free entrance for the entire family.

Participating museums include:

• Adler Planetarium

• Art Institute of Chicago

• Chicago History Museum

• DuSable Museum of African American History

• The Field Museum

• Lincoln Park Zoo

• Museum of Contemporary Art

• Museum of Science & Industry

• National Museum of Mexican Art

• Nat’l Museum of Puerto Rican Arts & Culture

• Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum

  • Shedd Aquarium