CHICAGO—Bennett Day School, a two-year old to eighth grade progressive school in the West Loop, has just signed a long-term lease for its flagship campus at 955 W. Grand Avenue. As reported in, the first campus at 657 W. Fulton St. will start inaugural classes on August 25. And local real estate developers have said the school is a good sign that the former industrial area, now filling up with giant developments like K2 and Echelon at K Station, has become a true neighborhood that will now attract even more residents.

“A school coming in is a really great thing,” Steve Fifield, president and chief executive officer of Fifield Cos., told When Fifield started developing the K Station apartment buildings in the West Loop about ten years ago, “we felt that the neighborhood hadn’t completely gelled yet.”

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