Obama Presidential Center
- Austin, Garfield Park, North Lawndale
- Bronzeville, Near South Side
- Englewood, Chatham, Auburn Gresham
- Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore
- Jefferson Park, Portage Park, Norwood Park
- Lakeview, Wrigleyville, Northalsted
- Lincoln Park, Old Town
- Lincoln Square, North Center, Irving Park
- Logan Square, Humboldt Park, Avondale
- Pilsen, Little Village, West Loop
- Uptown, Edgewater, Rogers Park
- Wicker Park, Bucktown, West Town
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.