Rooted in Chicago
The city of Chicago carries a long and storied tradition of community engagement, from Jane Addams to Ida B. Wells to Harold Washington. It was that tradition which helped draw President Obama to Chicago in the first place. And it is that tradition that guides our relationship with our community.
The South Side of Chicago is our home. It’s the place where President Obama first began his career in public service as a community organizer. It’s the place where First Lady Michelle Obama was born and raised. It’s the place where—together—they made their home and started their family. And it is where they decided to locate the Obama Presidential Center.
Tour the South Side of Chicago
We follow the Obama Scholars as they learn about the history of the South Side—both the distant past and the recent present.Read More
Neighbors Who Inspire Us
From artists to organizers, tennis pros to professors, dancers to carpenters, here are a few of the neighbors that inspire us.
From walking with our neighbors in the Chicago Pride and Bud Billiken Day Parades, to cleaning up Rainbow Beach with the Honeycomb Project on Mandela Day, to beaming in changemakers from around the world to have virtual conversations with festival-goers at Lollapalooza, we’re taking every opportunity to engage with our community. Check out photo highlights from our our time with the Chicago community and check back for upcoming events and updates!
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