Now here’s something that runs counter to perceptions about families of school age children living in Chicago.

Crib Chatter reported on a recent article in Crain’s Chicago Business saying parents are trapped in Chicago because they are unable to sell their houses and move to what is considered the more child-friendly suburbs (better schools, safer neighborhoods, etc). 

My eyebrows rose at “they’re forced to become involved in CPS schools” and “enrollment at Catholic elementary schools in Chicago is up in each of the past two school years, the first time that’s happened since 1965” and “could this really be a boom for the city as, at least in some neighborhoods, trapped parents are forced to improve the schools?”

Who would have ever thought that maybe Chicago schools will benefit from the housing crisis?  Watch the first 90 seconds of this video from Crain’s.