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British School Celebrates Opening of South Loop Campus

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Yesterday, stakeholders and student families celebrated the grand opening of the new South Loop campus of the British School of Chicago with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a day of carnival activities. The project had a tough beginning, with community squabbles about the private use of land that had been designated for a public park. The compromise that was reached was to build the school on the land, and build the park on top of the school. The rooftop park, which opened a few weeks ago, connects to the Roosevelt Collection shopping center at the south and to street level to the north by way of a mountainous 54-step stairway. This is the second campus for the British School, and is complete with state-of-the-art educational facilities, including 3D printers and music production studios. Speaking at the event, alderman Danny Solís and developer Dan McCaffery both eluded to the difficulties with getting this project approved, but said that the supporters would outweigh the detractors after seeing the park.

·Previous British School coverage [Curbed Chicago]
·Previous South Loop coverage [Curbed Chicago]