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A bird’s-eye view of the new soccer field, running track and basketball court at Donald Morrill Math & Science Elementary School. (Courtesy of Southwest Organizing Project, Chicago).

A program targeting vacant homes and crime in a 20-block section of Chicago’s Southwest Side is expanding after a four-year pilot – and a noticeable change in the neighborhood.

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Several South and Southwest Side communities lag behind national health and wellness benchmarks, according to a new community health survey.

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At five CPS neighborhood high schools, students are earning college credit through a number of dual-credit courses. Those schools are also providing those students with a focused education on the science, technology, engineering, and math fields, or STEM for short. We take a look at how these schools work, how partnering with corporations like Microsoft and IBM helps, and why learning STEM benefits students who don't want to pursue science as a profession.

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If you spent time in city parks this summer, you may have noticed trees being transformed. The Chicago Park District teamed with a local sculptor's group to turn trees that were condemned into public art. We revisit Jay Shefsky’s story.

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The Chicago Park District has teamed with a local sculptor's group to turn trees that were condemned into public art.