The six undocumented youth who were arrested last August - and charged with mob action and reckless conduct - were found not guilty.
Speculation abounds on the reasons the White House moved the G8 summit from Chicago to Camp David.
There's another springtime swirling here in Chicago: the rebirth of the Occupy movement.
The occupiers were dramatizing their frustration with plans by the Chicago Public Schools to close the school and reopen it as a charter.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel was forced to back off his unilateral closure of neighborhood branch libraries on Mondays after the move sparked a public uproar.
The mayor's plan will affect 10,000 students, mostly Black and Latino, and result in the firing of 600 teachers, principals, building maintenance, cafeteria and other workers.
They came to celebrate election victories in Ohio and across the country, the surging recall campaign in Wisconsin and the spreading Occupy movement.
Until recently, Chicago's Loop, known for its skyscrapers, corporate headquarters and high-powered law firms, was typically silent on weekends.
When Janet Edburg was laid off from her job at a Chicago photo lab equipment manufacturer three years ago, she experienced first hand the despair felt by millions of unemployed workers.
Several aldermen announced they plan to introduce an ordinance to decriminalize small amounts of marijuana caught on people by the police.