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The field will be installed steps from where 13-year-old Adam Toledo was killed by a Chicago police officer last year. "Money spent on our city's youth is money well spent," one student said.
Police believe the teen charged was involved in a robbery crew that's responsible for a pattern of 20-30 robberies in the weeks leading up to the shooting across Lincoln Park, Lakeview, Edgewater and Uptown.
Teachers and students said they had to "tough it out" through high heat last week as CPS played catch-up on fixing air conditioning inside classrooms.
The 33-year-old building closed last year for extensive upgrades, including new technology, flooring, lighting and facilities.