A group of students head to school at a CPS high school.

When it comes to finding the best Chicago high school for your family, where should you start?

Finding a Chicago public high school that fits the needs of your family, especially your young student, can be a complex and long process. But, fortunately, there are plenty of resources out there to help, so you won’t have to navigate this daunting prospect alone.

Let’s dive into some important topics that you and your family will want to explore as you move from elementary to high school in the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) system.

In this guide, we’ll discuss some of the types of high schools and program offerings that are out there, before listing some of the most well-regarded CPS high schools.

Sometimes, taking a “wait and see” approach can be sensible.

If you’re waiting for a dozen cookies to come out of the oven, for example, taking a few extra minutes could make all the difference if you’re in the mood for a batch with truly crispy golden brown edges. Or if you’re waiting to make some big ticket purchase - a car, a piece of furniture - sometimes it makes more sense to give it some time and some thought, since stores are often having big promotions and discounts throughout the year.

So sometimes, playing the “waiting game” is going to be the right call. There can be no denying that. But if you’re looking to purchase a home in the coming months? Right now, the market is sending clear signals that it’s time to get moving.

This stunning and spacious unit features unbeatable views of the city and river from every room. 

Large, floor-to-ceiling windows let you take in the amazing sights, and let tons of natural light into the open living space. The rooms are spaciously proportioned, and feature ample storage throughout (plus access to additional cage storage in the building). The unit features hardwood floors, an open kitchen with granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, and plenty of closet space in the living and bedroom.

This is a full amenity building, boasting a fitness center, indoor pool, sundeck, party room, salon, cleaners, restaurants, and more. The building has a secure entrance, with a 24-hour door staff and on-site management. Parking is available for purchase or rent in the building. 

Lake Michigan may be covered in ice. Blustery winds may be howling down your street. You may be able to see your breathe every time you step outside.

But make no mistake… In Chicago, the spring market is already heating up.

If you want to get your home ready for the market’s springtime peak, the time to prepare is now. Here are a few things to keep in mind…

The Key Spring Benchmark? The Super Bowl

There’s a reason why our own Jason Finn says that you should list your home the day after the Super Bowl. As we’ve noted before, the big game may just be the single most important milestone of the real estate year.

Why? Well, its position on the calendar – smack-dab in early February – perfectly coincides with the start of the spring season for real estate. For buyers and sellers alike, one of the most fallow periods of the year is the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day. People are busy, weather conditions are bad, and general interest in diving into a major transaction tends to dwindle.

Once we make it through the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and the grim days of January, however, the market begins to regain its energy – right around the time when those championship rings are passed out.

Even better? By preparing now, you’ll get a jump on other families planning to list their homes in the near future, many of whom won’t get started until spring hits in earnest. That’s what we call playing defense.

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