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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

City Council Approves Woodlawn Affordable Housing Ordinance Near Obama Center: ‘A Step In The Right Direction’

As more than 50 vacant lots in Woodlawn are redeveloped, 30 percent of the units will be reserved for "very low-income" renters.

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Obama Center Federal Review ‘Far From Complete’ As Stakeholders Remain Divided

A final plan to address the Obama Center's adverse effects on Jackson Park is expected "sometime this fall," but that "is not a hard-and-fast answer," a spokesman said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Organizers Celebrate Woodlawn Housing Protections, But Fight Continues To Keep Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

With an affordable housing ordinance in place for Woodlawn, South Side organizers say they also want to help lower-income residents in nearby neighborhoods. "This is a small step in the right direction," an alderman said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

How Lightfoot And Housing Activists Reached An Uneasy Truce In The Battle For Woodlawn’s Future

The latest proposal to protect the area around the library includes extra measures aiming to help low- and middle-income earners buy homes in the neighborhood, where home prices have more than tripled in the past five years.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Activists Build Tent City To Show What Could Happen Without Affordable Housing Around Obama Library

Attendees set up tents for an all-day protest at a vacant, city-owned lot. Community leaders from across the city called for affordable housing protections for Woodlawn that go beyond the city's recent proposal.

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Park Activists, City Officials Return To Court In Ongoing Battle Over Obama Center Construction

Protect Our Parks is appealing a district court judge's dismissal of its lawsuit seeking to block the Obama Presidential Center's construction in Jackson Park.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Plan Commission Approves Report On Woodlawn’s Future Near Obama Site — But City Says ‘This Is Not A Plan’

The report is meant to serve as a framework for preserving affordable housing, not be "the final say." The specifics must be hashed out in an ordinance.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Woodlawn Residents, City Officials Call For Quick Action To Protect Affordable Housing Near Obama Center

Neighbors at Tuesday's meeting on the city's affordable housing proposal for Woodlawn held a variety of opinions, but many agreed a plan of action needs to be decided soon.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Hairston To Hold Meeting On City’s Woodlawn Housing Ordinance Tuesday

The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday at Hyde Park High School, 6220 S. Stony Island Ave.

Black Kids Can Drum, Dance And Read Plenty Of Books During This Month’s Black History Tour

The event series was planned "to create this healthy racial identity — you are black and you are somebody," organizer Candice Washington said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Ald. Taylor Vows To Block Lightfoot’s Scaled-Back Obama Center Affordable Housing Plan

"I’m going to fight [the Mayor] and everybody else on making sure that this doesn’t pass," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said. "It is either get right, or get right out of office.”

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City’s Scaled-Back Obama Center Housing Plan Doesn’t Do Enough To Protect Woodlawn, Alderman Says

"I don't want to kill [the city's plan], but if that's what needs to happen to make sure we're not displaced, then that's what's got to happen," Ald. Jeanette Taylor said.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Center Plans Would Change Historic Aspects Of Park Boulevard System Too, Updated Report Says

Stakeholders will provide new input in response to the completed report next week.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Nike Pledges $5 Million To Build A Public Athletic Facility On Obama Center’s Campus

The athletic facility is the fourth element announced for the complex, alongside a museum, a forum for public programming and a library.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

City Will Unveil Plan To Mitigate Obama Center’s Impact On Jackson Park In January

The update comes after months of silence from the city around the federal review process.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

Obama Center Community Benefits Agreement Activists Offer Free Breakfast To Neighbors Looking To Learn More This Weekend

"No one wants people to be pushed out, but we all want this center to come."

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

North Side Alderman Tours Woodlawn As Obama Center Activists Urge Him To Support Community Benefits Agreement

Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) said he would continue working with South Side aldermen and activists — but he didn't commit a timeline for bringing the CBA ordinance up for a vote in the housing committee.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

With Obama Center On Horizon, Rent Hikes Already Hitting Woodlawn Residents: ‘They Want To Stay Here’

The Obama Center's visibility provides a unique chance to draw attention to the issues behind gentrification in Chicago. "We want the library to be here, but we also don't want to be displaced," one neighbor said.

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