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Breaking Ground on the Obama Presidential Center


September 22, 2021

After years of hard work, dedication, and endless support from our Chicago neighbors and caring people all around the world, we broke ground on the Obama Presidential Center. Check out highlights from the ceremony.


You can check out President Obama’s remarks here, and you can read Mrs. Obama’s remarks here.

Watch President and Mrs. Obama's surprise visit to Chicago Women In Trades!

As part of our groundbreaking festivities, President and Mrs. Obama surprised some of the hardworking women who are a part of the Obama Presidential Center Construction Workforce initiative.

President and Mrs. Obama, Mayor Lightfoot, and Governor Pritzker shovel dirt out of the ground.
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President and Mrs. Obama, Mayor Lightfoot, and Governor Pritzker during the Obama Presidential Center groundbreaking ceremony in Jackson Park in Chicago IL on September 28, 2021.

3D rendering of the Obama Presidential Center Plaza

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While groundbreaking is a huge moment, it’s just the beginning. Sign up for our new Obama Presidential Center Explorer email series and come along for the journey. We’ll have exclusive updates and previews all the way through our Grand Opening in 2026.

A young man and woman sit in conversation on a park bench.

Whether it’s becoming an Obama Foundation member by donating monthly, or making a one-time gift, every act of support helps us continue carrying out our mission to inspire, empower, and connect people to change their world.