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Michelle Obama

Whitney Young’s Sports Complex Was Supposed To Be For The Public. But West Loop Neighbors Are Locked Out

The Michelle Obama Sports Complex was hailed as a facility for "everybody." But neighbors say leaders are restricting public access by locking its field during public hours and charging fees to use the tennis courts.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Obama Center’s Winter Garden To Be Named After Slain Chicago Teen Hadiya Pendleton

Pendleton, 15, was shot and killed in 2013, just eight days after performing with a majorette squad at President Barack Obama's second inauguration.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Presidential Center Breaks Ground With Former President And First Lady In Chicago

Plans for the project in Jackson Park have sparked complex debates about housing, displacement, land use, historical preservation and more among nearby residents.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Obama Portraits Tour, South Side Groups Launch Grants, Book Pop-Up For New Artists And Young Readers

After seeing the “beauty of Blackness and excellence” through the Obamas exhibit, Hyde Park and Englewood organizations want to keep motivating young South Siders.

Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham

Obama Presidential Portraits Coming To Art Institute June 18

The official portraits of Barack and Michelle Obama are leaving Washington, D.C., for the first time and coming to Chicago for the first stop in a nationwide tour.


Barack And Michelle Obama’s Official Portraits Are Coming To Art Institute Of Chicago

The portraits will make their first stop of a national tour at the Art Institute, where they can be viewed June 18-Aug. 15, 2021.

South Loop

Obamas Focus On Community At Foundation Summit, But No Talk Of Neighbors’ Role In Presidential Center Plans

Michelle Obama said the presidential center will bring "life" to a dormant Jackson Park. "It might be protected and loved by its friends, but it's not used by the community."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Michelle Obama Honored With New Namesake Whitney Young Athletic Complex: ‘This Is A Facility For Everybody’

"It’s similar to what Barack and I are hoping to achieve with the Obama Presidential Center, a place where everyone in Chicago can gather to learn and play and strengthen this community together," the former first lady said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

New Michelle Obama Mural In Chicago Aims To Capture Former First Lady’s ‘Warm’ Spirit

The mural features the South Side native wearing traditional Korean clothing. "We are so proud of this amazing human being, who happens to be a Chicagoan," the restaurant's owner said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Whitney Young Raising Money To Resurface Tennis Courts To Complement New Michelle Obama Athletic Complex

If the school can raise $60,000, the U.S. Tennis Association will match funds raised to improve the school's tennis courts, school officials said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Whitney Young High School To Unveil New $4.3 Million Michelle Obama Athletic Complex This Summer

The new complex, which includes a multi-purpose field that can host baseball, softball, football, soccer and lacrosse, will be unveiled during a ribbon cutting ceremony on August 12, the school principal said.

Pilsen, Little Village, Back of the Yards

Obama Library Lease, 19 Acres For $10, Goes Before Aldermen Today

The City Council will vote on a revised agreement that will allow the Obama Presidential Center to be built in Jackson Park.