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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

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.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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.

Hyde Park, Woodlawn, South Shore

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
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