The project could play a role in the pitch for the George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
Improving schools could also help improve economic development and decrease crime, the mayor said.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel said the Chicago Housing Authority would also launch a re-entry program for felons.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin praised the opening of the new center Friday.
The conference will examine how violence could lead youths to engage in dangerous sex.
Parents walked their kids to school a block from where a 14-year-old boy was shot dead Sunday.
Congressmen Bobby Rush and Danny K. Davis are looking for ways to curb violence in Chicago.
A portion of Wabash Avenue near 53rd Street was renamed "Honorary Deval Patrick Way" Friday.
"There is no way ... to heal these neighborhoods" by closing schools, U.S. Rep. Bobby Rush said.
"That's quite a walk," Congressman Danny Davis said at end of union bus tour of closing schools.
The federal government abruptly pulled the plug on a state-of-the-art Downtown day care center.
Two sitting congressmen threw their support behind 2nd District hopeful Robin Kelly Sunday.
Michelle Obama, Rahm Emanuel attend the service as calls to end violence ring out.
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