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Join Us at Our Upcoming Public Meeting

On Tuesday, February 27, we will host a public meeting to continue gathering input from our neighbors across Chicago on the design and development of the Obama Presidential Center as well as future programming. Attendees will get a chance to ask questions and hear from the Obama Foundation team, Chicago Department of Transportation, and the Park District on the proposed plans. You can RSVP for the meeting below.

Please note: ASL interpreters will be available for the duration of the event. If you need additional accessibility accommodations or have questions, please email us at [email protected] 

The Obama Presidential Center:
A Collaboration with Our Neighbors

The Obama Presidential Center is more than a building or a museum. It’s a space for all of us to come together, collaborate, and leave ready to go change our worlds. And as Chicago-area residents, you’re our neighbors and partners in building this campus for active citizenship. Learn more about our plans for the Center — and how you’ve helped shape them.

You spoke — and we listened.

Thousands of new local jobs.
Hundreds of thousands of new visitors.
A renewed Jackson Park.

Beyond providing Chicagoans across the city with the opportunity to come together as citizens, the Obama Presidential Center will provide real economic benefits to the South Side. And we’re committed to making sure those jobs are available to everyone.

What does that look like in practice? For example, all Construction Manager candidates must commit to awarding 50% or more of their contracts to diverse suppliers. And no less than 35% of all construction contracts will be awarded to minority business enterprise firms. We’re working with our Construction Manager candidates to ensure they are training and retaining a deep pipeline of workers from underrepresented communities like Woodlawn, Washington Park, and South Shore.

The Center is estimated to support nearly 5,000 new, local jobs during its construction, and more than 2,500 permanent jobs once the Center opens. The Center will attract up to 760,000 annual visitors — and in its first 10 years, is expected to have a total economic impact of $3.1 billion. We want to work with you to ensure the hundreds of thousands of visitors enjoy local businesses and that impact is felt across the South Side.

Read about the Center’s economic impact.

The Obama Presidential Center is Committed to Hiring a Diverse Workforce

Over the course of his eight years in office, President Obama built the most diverse White House and Administration in history, with more women and people of color in top policy positions than ever before. He wants to do the same thing with the Obama Presidential Center. One of our goals for this project is to bring more diversity to the construction industry — and in so doing, give South Side residents opportunities for both short-term jobs and long-term professions.

Learn more about how we’re prioritizing diversity in our local hiring.

Community Activities

From community meetings to farmers markets, talks, and parades, we’re hosting and participating in events all across Chicago. Take a look at some of our recent engagement — and make sure you’re on the list to receive the latest on upcoming events.

 

MLK Jr. Day Volunteer Opportunities

January 15, 2018
We hosted several service projects across the city to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

Obama Foundation Public Meeting

September 2017

 

Chicago Park District Public Meetings

South Lakefront Framework Plan
September 2017

 

CDOT Public Meetings

Traffic Mitigation and Road Improvements around Jackson Park
August 2017

 

Harper Court Summer Music Series

Summer 2017

 

Hyde Park Farmers Market

Summer 2017

 

African Festival of the Arts

September 1-4, 2017

 

South Shore Jazz Festival

August 20, 2017

 

88th Annual Bud Billiken Parade

August 12, 2017

 

Taste of WVON

July 15, 2017

 

Silver Room Block Party

July 15, 2017

 

Chosen Few Music Festival

July 1-2, 2017

You Inspire Us — and Each Other

The Center is designed to be a place for you to meet and learn from one another. Meet a few of the citizens who have inspired us lately.

  • @lenae213
  • @museumcampussouth
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @iamellejones
  • @msichicago
  • @afterschoolmatters
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @uchicago
  • @polskycenter
  • @uchicago
  • @polskycenter
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @msichicago
  • @speshkin
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @perfectpeacespa
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @afterschoolmatters
  • @msichicago
  • @afterschoolmatters
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @revdr_1906
  • @msichicago
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @rebuild_foundation
  • @polskycenter
  • @uchicago
  • @msichicago
  • @msichicago
  • @mount_carmel_hs
  • @elissaosterland
  • @elissaosterland

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