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Out of 129 schools named to a preliminary school closing list, many are on Chicago's North Side, nearing Wicker Park.

More than 100 schools could be closed for the 2013-2014 school year, according to a list released by Chicago Public Schools Wednesday evening.

Of those schools, many are on the North Side and some are near Wicker Park. This includes Von Humboldt Elementary School at 2620 W. Hirsch St. 

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The majority areas targeted for closure are the South, West and Southwest sides of the city.

In December, Byrd-Bennett gathered a committee to create a method of choosing schools for closure. The Commission on School Utilization has been hosting meetings to gain feedback from parents and teachers. 

The community meetings didn't go so well.

The first hearing at Truman College brought parents shouting ‘Save Our Schools,’ preventing officials from showing a presentation. And in Local Square, Ward 1 Ald. Joe Moreno was booed offstage.

Chicago parents gathered on Tuesday to protest the way CPS chose the schools for closure, theHuffington Post reports. The parents—part of the activist group Parents 4 Teachers—filed a complaint with CPS Inspector General James M. Sullivan accusing the commission of having conflicts of interest.

The school closures stem from a $1 billion budget deficit expected in 2013-2014, according to CPS.

After this year, no more schools will close until 2020, Byrd-Bennett said. 

See full list of proposed school closings below and an interactive map here.  

Austin-North Lawndale  

ARMSTRONG, L 

CHALMERS 

CROWN 

DE PRIEST 

EMMET 

HENSON 

HERZL 

HUGHES, C 

KEY 

LAWNDALE 

LEWIS 

MASON 

MAY 

MCNAIR 

PENN 

POPE 

Burnham Park 

ATTUCKS 

BURKE 

CANTER 

CARTER 

DRAKE 

DUMAS TECH ACAD 

FERMI 

FISKE 

FULLER 

KOZMINSKI 

MAYO 

MOLLISON 

OVERTON 

PERSHING MIDDLE 

REAVIS 

ROBINSON 

ROSS 

SEXTON 

TILL 

WADSWORTH 

WELLS, I 

WILIAMS MIDDLE 

WILLIAMS ES 

WOODSON 

Englewood-Gresham  

ALTGELD 

BANNEKER 

BONTEMPS 

COOK 

DAVIS, M 

EARLE 

GOODLOW 

GRESHAM 

HENDERSON 

HINTON 

HOLMES 

JACKSON, M 

LANGFORD 

MAYS 

MORGAN 

O'TOOLE 

RYDER 

STAGG 

WOODS 

Fullerton 

BRENTANO 

JENNER 

MANIERRE 

Fulton

BROWN, W 

DETT 

DUPREY 

HERBERT 

KING 

LAFAYETTE 

LOZANO 

MONTEFIORE 

NEAR NORTH 

PEABODY 

SMYTH 

VON HUMBOLDT 

Garfield-Humboldt 

BEIDLER 

BETHUNE 

CALHOUN 

DELANO 

ERICSON 

GARFIELD PARK 

GOLDBLATT 

MARCONI 

MELODY 

PICCOLO 

RYERSON 

TILTON 

WARD, L 

WEBSTER 

Lake Calumet 

ALDRIDGE 

CARVER , G 

GOMPERS 

LAWRENCE 

METCALFE 

OWENS 

PULLMAN 

SONGHAI 

WEST PULLMAN 

WHISTLER 

Midway 

CLAREMONT 

 

Pershing

DEWEY 

GRAHAM 

HENDRICKS 

LIBBY 

MCCLELLAN 

PARKMAN 

SHERMAN 

Pilsen-Little Village 

JUNGMAN 

PADEREWSKI 

PILSEN 

Ravenswood-Ridge 

BRENNEMANN 

STEWART 

STOCKTON 

TRUMBULL 

Rock Island 

FERNWOOD 

GARVEY 

GREEN 

HUGHES, L 

KOHN 

SHOOP 

Skyway 

ASHE 

BUCKINGHAM 

MADISON 

NEW SULLIVAN 

O'KEEFFE 

PARKSIDE 

POWELL 

REVERE 

WARREN 

YALE 

 

 

*This story has been updated to include the list of school closures

teacher February 14, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Near North Montessori is not on the list it is NOT a public school.
Administrator February 14, 2013 at 05:11 PM
Near North Montessori School is a private independent school and not part of CPS. IT IS NOT CLOSING.

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