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Lane Closures On DuSable Lake Shore Drive, Stony Island Avenue Coming Soon As Part Of Obama Center-Related Road Work

One southbound lane on DuSable Lake Shore Drive will be closed from 57th to Hayes drives starting Thursday, while Stony Island Avenue will see lane closures near the Obama Presidential Center construction site starting April 18.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Midway Plaisance’s East End Would Get A Play Area And Renovations To Cheney-Goode Memorial As Part Of Obama Center Requirements

The green space around the Cheney-Goode Memorial must be renovated as a stand-in for Jackson Park land lost to the Obama Presidential Center.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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

Woodlawn Residents Push To Maximize Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

The coalition's proposal would create up to 1,000 units of affordable housing in Woodlawn. They estimate that would allow about 3,000 residents to remain in the neighborhood.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Woodlawn Central Master Plan Would Bring A Hotel, Housing, Arts And Retail To 63rd Street Corridor

Developer J. Byron Brazier and his father, Apostolic Church pastor Byron Brazier, say the sprawling complex will prioritize "established and emerging" Black entrepreneurs and creatives.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

After Obama Center Brings Extra Attention, Jackson Park Council Could Make It Harder To Vote On Critical Issues

Under a committee's proposal, members would have to attend twice as many meetings in a year and volunteer at sanctioned events before they could vote.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With The Obama Center Underway, Residents Say It’s Time To Protect Affordable Housing In South Shore

Organizers are calling on the city to invest at least $63.3 million in programs that assist South Shore renters and homeowners with repairs, housing costs, home purchases and more.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Jeff Bezos’ $100 Million Donation To Obama Foundation Will Support Youth Leadership, South Side Workforce Programs

As part of the donation, Bezos requested the Obama Presidential Center's plaza be named for late Congressman John Lewis, foundation officials said.

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

U.S. Supreme Court Denies Petition To Stop Obama Center Construction In Jackson Park

Protect Our Parks had filed the petition Aug. 16, the same day the Obama Foundation broke ground for the presidential center.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Presidential Center Construction Officially Begins In Jackson Park

After years of delays, the Obama Foundation and the city have finally started to build the presidential center in Jackson Park and overhaul the area's road layout.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Federal Judge Denies Bid To Halt Obama Center’s Construction In Jackson Park

A U.S. District Court judge ruled against South Side residents' request to pause the center's construction during their latest lawsuit, but the judge didn't dismiss the case outright.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Midway Plaisance In Jackson Park To Close, Cornell Drive To Be Narrowed This Summer As Part Of Obama Center Road Work

The traffic changes, set to begin Aug. 13, will be temporary as the city plans to close Cornell Drive through the park by mid-2023.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

To Make Obama Presidential Center Succeed, Local Business Leaders Must Support It, Former President Says Ahead Of Construction

The former president compared his center's plans to "great civic projects in Chicago" like Millennium Park in an appearance with economic leaders.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Aldermen Who Rep Obama Center Neighborhoods Sit Out Press Conference, Say Mayor Must Ensure South Siders Get Construction Jobs

The mayor and governor didn't discuss how they'd employ local residents for the infrastructure projects ahead of the center's groundbreaking. "So why am I there?” Ald. Jeanette Taylor asked.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Protect Our Parks Files New Lawsuit Seeking To Stop Obama Center’s Construction In Jackson Park

The suit was filed Wednesday, the same day officials announced work would begin to prep for the Obama Center's groundbreaking later this year.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Center Site Work Begins As City Preps For Official Groundbreaking Later This Year

The work is starting five years after President Obama chose the Jackson Park site. "There has truly never been a better time to invest in our South Side," Mayor Lori Lightfoot said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

South Siders Keep Pushing For Housing, Employment Near Obama Center Site: ‘We Want To Make Sure This Is Something That Works’

Organizers and aldermen have a laundry list of protections they want to ensure before the Obama Center's planned opening in Jackson Park.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Presidential Center To Break Ground This Summer In Jackson Park

Years of federal reviews have come to a close, and construction could begin as soon as August, Mayor Lori Lightfoot announced Wednesday.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Feds Back Plan To Turn Roads In Jackson Park Into Open Park Space Ahead Of Obama Center’s Arrival

Public comment on an environmental review of roadway closures and plans to replace Jackson Park land lost to the Obama Presidential Center will be accepted through Oct. 30.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
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