Chicago chosen as home of Obama Presidential Center

May 13, 2015

A separate English message from the University of Chicago is featured below this Chinese news story from Xinhua via iFeng.

Chicago chosen as future home of Obama Presidential Center

The Barack Obama Foundation has announced that Chicago will be the home of the Barack Obama Presidential Center, and the University of Chicago is excited to collaborate with the Foundation on this transformative effort.

The Obama Presidential Center, which will include the presidential library, museum, and office and activity space for the Obama Foundation, will be located on Chicago’s South Side. The foundation has narrowed its choices to two possible sites—one in Jackson Park and one in the Washington Park area. In its announcement on May 12, the foundation said it will look to enter into an agreement with the city of Chicago in the coming months to develop the center at one of the two sites.

The choice of the South Side came after more than a year of community outreach that showed far-reaching enthusiasm for bringing the presidential center to this community. Dozens of institutions and non-profits across the Chicago region have expressed interest in the center’s broad potential, ranging from its community impact to the prospect of forming a new global destination.

In choosing the South Side, the Barack Obama Foundation cited the opportunity to make a transformative economic impact, intense community support for the project, the area’s rich history and connection with the Obamas, proximity to the University of Chicago, easy access to transportation options, and the chance to inspire young people in Chicago and around the world.

“With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and effect change locally, but what we can also do is to attract the world to Chicago,” said President Obama in a video message announcing the decision. First Lady Michelle Obama, who grew up on the South Side, said, “I’m thrilled to be able to put this resource in the heart of the neighborhood that means the world to me.”

This text is excerpted from the May 12, 2015 University of Chicago web news feature "Chicago chosen as future home of Obama Presidential Center." Please click here to read the rest of the article and view the official announcement and location campaign videos.



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