The new UNO Soccer Academy (GB&D photo).
Despite some political controvery and wranglings regarding contracts and funding, the CPS is still scheduled to open the UNO Soccer Academy this fall. The new charter school when all is said and done will cost an estimated $98 million. That is one of the more expensive high schools ever built in Illinois - although comparable in costs to relatively new high schools Solario and Westinghouse.
The school will be located at 5050 S. Homan Avenue in Chicago's Gage Park neighborhood. This will be the 11th school in the United Neighborhood Organization (UNO) whose purpose will be to play a large role in the development of the expected largely hispanic population for the school.
This school will be different than the others in the UNO network in that it will use soccer as a way to attract kids to academics. I know that this type of model has worked in some other foreign countries like Spain and in South America.
I'll be curious to see how it pans out here in Chicago.