We Call Chicago Home
Believing in our community
The Obama Foundation is rooted in the South Side of Chicago. It’s where the Obamas got their start and built their family, where they first began to work for change, and where they will continue to shape their legacy.
Our community is everything to us. We’ve gone door to door across the South Side and will expand our outreach to other Chicago neighborhoods. In 2017, we hosted eight public meetings, numerous stakeholder gatherings, and countless small group and one-on-one conversations. We participated in a dozen fairs and festivals on the South Side and reviewed thousands of online submissions. And there’s still more to come.
Chicago is the home of community organizing, from Jane Addams to Harold Washington. We have to give people the opportunity to engage, talk about what they’re looking for, and help them figure out what their role is.”
—Michael Strautmanis, Chief Engagement Officer, Obama Foundation