• 25th Anniversary Issue

    Catalyst founder Linda Lenz began covering Chicago schools in 1978 as a reporter for the Chicago Sun-Times. She left in 1989 to create this issues-oriented publication. Here she puts key developments in perspective and talks about what’s changed in the past 25 years. Download the Fall 2015 issue in PDF.

  • Sports and Fundraising

    Sports are integral to the typical high school experience, but many schools have to scrape together money to field teams. It’s all part of the race to raise private dollars to provide a well-rounded education. Download the Spring 2015 issue in PDF.

  • Chicago Reporter Spring 2015

    The new treatment center

    Spring 2015 | People of color are falling through the holes of Chicago’s frayed mental health safety net and landing in Cook County Jail.

  • After Horner

    Winter 2015 | When the towers at the Near West Side public housing development came down, they were replaced by mixed-income housing. But can the new community at the former Henry Horner Homes overcome barriers of race and class?

  • College Persistence

      More CPS graduates are enrolling in college than ever before. The district wants to raise college completion for CPS alumni to 60 percent. But money, academics and cultural challenges make for a rocky path to a degree. Download issue PDF

  • Catalyst 25th Anniversary

    This year, Catalyst Chicago marks a quarter century of award-winning, in-depth reporting on education in Chicago. And we want you to be part of a year-long celebration aimed at getting more people involved in an informed dialogue about what matters most for our city’s students and their families.

  • Catalyst Chicago issue cover, published Nov 2014

    The race for City Hall

    Jobs and schools promise to be top issues in next year’s city elections. The mayor’s education agenda faces its toughest test in the African-American communities that gave him strong support in 2011. Download Issue PDF