Anonymous User wrote:You'll do fine with Lincoln Park elementary schools. Bell School is also quite good, although farther north I believe. Where you will get into trouble is high school. The only good public high schools in Chicago are Whitney Young and Walter Payton. They are both selective enrollment schools (test in) and no sibling preference. But then by that point you may be going the private school route. I'm thinking Latin School is tops private HS in Chicago but there are others. You could always have your kids try for Walter Payton/Whitney Young and enroll in Latin as a backup.
ETA There's a new performing arts High School in Chicago that' supposed to be awesome. Admission is via audition.
Not sure why anon....
But this information provided above is only partially true. As a WY alum, I like to think WY is the top school in the city (and the state), but there are other great public high schools other than WY and Payton. Northside, Jones, and Lane are also on the top "tier" of schools, with Lincoln Park's IB program up there as well. All are extremely selective, but provided your kids go to a selective elementary school, there should be little problem getting into one of the top 5 high schools. Latin is a very expensive school and I would never send my kids there, but I think thats just my CPS bias.