Mayor Rahm Emanuel delivers his annual budget address, in which he shares his vision for Chicago's future. Meanwhile, Chicago Ideas Week features appearances from chef Mario Batali and artist Hebru Brantley; the mayor deals with the pension crisis; the Chicago Police Department addresses safety concerns regarding the city's marathon; educational programs for young children are expanded; First Lady Michelle Obama speaks with a young college-bound student; and Fenger High holds a fund-raiser.
Mayor Emanuel launches a series of new public-works projects; former mayor Richard Daley reflects on his time in office; community leaders work to improve their neighborhoods; a community activist fights violence; a potential gang war threatens the safety of Fenger High students; a young patient gets a second chance at Cook County Trauma and Burn Unit.
A new school year brings with it the implementation of Mayor Emanuel's Safe Passage program. Also: A crisis occurs on the first day of school at Fenger High; and venture capitalists host a Demo Day for young tech stars.
Common, Dwyane Wade and Magic Johnson assist Mayor Rahm Emanuel with promoting Chicago's youth programs. Also: The mayor mentors a promising young man; a youth rapper makes his Lollapalooza debut; and a Fenger high-school student is released from prison.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel presides over a naturalization ceremony for new citizens and discusses his own experience growing up with immigrant parents. Elsewhere, a play about immigrant experiences is performed at the Albany Park Theater Project; a Fenger High culinary graduate meets chef Grant Achtaz; a series of July 4 shootings causes chaos; and a Cook County trauma surgeon works to save the life of a young gunshot victim.
Chicago residents celebrate the Blackhawks' 2013 Stanley Cup win; Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces criticism over his plans for the city's schools; students at Fenger Academy High School organize a peace march after a shooting takes place near the school; and a police chief works to counter gang activity.
Leaders, communities and residents in Chicago face challenges involving local schools, safety and social issues. First up: Mayor Rahm Emanuel plans for school closings; budget cuts affect important programs at a South Side high school; First Lady Michelle Obama speaks at a murdered teenager's funeral; and the Chicago Police Department works to lower the city's crime rate.