by Michael Pearson, CNN
(CNN) As schools reopened Wednesday - the day after teachers union representatives voted to suspend their eight-day strike - union leaders, city officials and even students could all claim a few wins and admit a few losses after a bruising battle that had both sides hurling insults like pro wrestlers.
Teachers were happy to secure concessions limiting a school reform program that they said would harm students and cost teachers jobs.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel walked away with a teacher evaluation system and other changes that he says will make educators more accountable.
And there was even an upside for the 350,000 Chicago kids who had to go back to school after an unexpected eight-day holiday.
"It was kind of boring being at home, so I'm kind of glad I'm going back to school so I don't have to have any more baby sitters," South Loop Elementary School student Grace Bauer said.
In all, teachers appear to have come out ahead in a strike that gained nationwide attention, said Robert Bruno, a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and director of its Labor Education Program in Chicago.