OPC Community Engagement Meetings

Since we announced our initial vision for the Obama Presidential Center in May of 2017, we’ve made it our top priority to meet with our neighbors and hear their feedback directly. We’ve gathered in church basements, visited community centers, and assembled folks at apartment complexes so we could directly solicit input on the plans for the Center. We’ve also had a total open-door policy, willing and eager to meet with anyone who has an interest in the Center. Whether we meet with supporters or concerned neighbors, the input on everything from housing to parking has sharpened our plans and made the Center better.

Here’s a comprehensive list of meetings we’ve had with our neighbors in Chicago:

Date Meeting / Location
3/28/2017
Public Meeting: Architect’s Vision

DuSable Museum

5/3/2017
Public Meeting: Presenting Conceptual Plans

South Shore Cultural Center

5/10/2017
Public Meeting: Landscape Design

Midway Plaisance

8/15/2017
Public Meeting: Landscape Design

BOF Offices

9/14/2017
Public Meeting: Site Design and Amenities

Hyatt Hotel at McCormick Place

10/4/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Island Terrace Apartments

Island Terrace Meeting Room 6430 South Stony Island

10/12/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Vista Homes

Vista Homes Meeting Room 5844 South Stony Island

11/6/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Parkways Apartments

6718 South East End

11/7/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Good Shepherd Manor

Good Shepherd Manor 6720 South Cornell

11/20/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Crandon – S. Shore Drive

O’Keeffe Elementary School 6940 South Merrill Avenue

11/20/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Senior Suites

O’Keeffe Elementary School 6940 South Merrill Avenue

11/21/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Condo Association West of Vista

The home of Kierston Baker and Anthony Star East 59th Street

11/29/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Wooded Isle Apartments on Stony

Bret Harte Elementary 1556 East 56th Street

11/29/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Windermere Apartments

Bret Harte Elementary 1556 East 56th Street

11/6/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Jackson Court Apartments

Bret Harte Elementary 1556 East 56th Street

12/12/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Park Shore East Co-op

C.O.P.C. Community Hall 1516 East 63rd Street

12/12/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Park Shore East Elderly

C.O.P.C. Community Hall 1516 East 63rd Street

12/12/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Kenneth Campbell Apartments

C.O.P.C. Community Hall 1516 East 63rd Street

12/12/2017
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Father Martin Farrell House

C.O.P.C. Community Hall 1516 East 63rd Street

12/19/2017
South Side Resident Meeting: Rosalie Villas

C.O.P.C. Community Hall 1516 East 63rd Street

12/19/2017
South Side Resident Meeting: Powhatan Residence

Building Ballroom 4950 South Chicago Beach Drive

12/20/2017
Public Meeting: Parking Garage Location and Design

BOF Offices

12/21/2017
South Side Resident Meeting: Shorewind

South Shore Cultural Center

12/21/2017
South Side Resident Meeting: Townhouse

South Shore Cultural Center

1/24/2018
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place 5550 South Shore Drive

2/27/2018
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Montgomery Place

Montgomery Place 5550 South Shore Drive

3/29/2018
Table Talk – South Shore

The Quarry 2423 East 75th Street

4/25/2018
Table Talk – Washington Park

Currency Exchange Cafe 305 East Garfield Boulevard

5/7/2018
Public Meeting: Hosted by Alderman Hairston

South Shore Cultural Center

6/1/2018-10/18/2018
Harper Court Farmers Market

5235 South Harper Court Avenue

6/2/2018-6/3/2018
57th Street Art Fair

5631 South Kimbark Avenue

6/24/2018
Chicago Pride Parade

Corner of Halsted and Montrose

7/3/2018
Hyde Park 4th of July Parade

Nichols Park

7/7/2018
Chosen Few Picnic & Festival

Jackson Park

7/8/2018
Chicagofit Health and Fitness Festival

Soldier Field

7/21/2018
Silver Room Block Party

East 53rd Street

7/21/2018
Taste of WVON

Lorraine Dixon Park

8/2/2018-8/5/2018
Lollapalooza

Grant Park

8/11/2018
Bud Billiken Parade

South on Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive, starting from Oakwood Boulevard to 51st Street

8/18/2018
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Father Martin Farrell House

1415 East 65th Street

8/18/2018-8/19/2018
Pilsen Fest

1100 West Cermak Road

8/24/2018
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Jackson Parkside Apartments

6040 South Harper Avenue

8/26/2018
Farenheit Chicago

Oakwood Beach

8/31/2018
African Fest

Washington Park

9/1/2018
South Shore Music Festival

Soldier Field

9/6/2018
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Montgomery Place

5550 South Shore Drive

9/22/2018
Chicago Football Classic

Soldier Field

9/25/2018
Alderman Hairston 5th Ward Meeting: Use Agreement

Stony Island Arts Bank

9/28/2018
OPC Neighbor Resident Meeting: Good Shepherd Manor

6720 South Cornell

10/18/2018
Community Conversation: Change in Place

Majani Restaurant 7167 South Exchange Avenue

10/23/2018
South Side Resident Meeting: 9th Ward Town Hall Meeting

Pullman Presbyterian Church

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