Chicago Updates

President and Mrs. Obama Return to Chicago and Surprise Students at South and West Side Events, Discuss Importance of Youth Leadership and Finding Passion

October 17, 2022 6:30 PM

President Obama spends time with Chicago youth at 167 Green Street, while the Obama Foundation’s “Futures Series” returns with Mrs. Obama to Hyde… More

Obama Foundation Announces New Initiative to Build Healthier Communities in Chicago

July 7, 2022 12:08 PM

Local Lunchbox Program Connects South Side Youth to Free, Healthy Meals CHICAGO – Today, the Obama Foundation announced the creation of the Local Lunchbox Chicago… More

Michael Strautmanis Reflects on the Death of Chicago Teen Seandell Holliday

May 20, 2022 3:06 PM

Chicago lost another innocent life this weekend and this one came close to home. 16-year-old Seandell Holliday was hanging out in Millennium Park with other… More

Obama Foundation Announces First Piece in Series of Commissioned Art for Obama Presidential Center

February 28, 2022 7:00 AM

‘Book Bird’ Sculpture by Chicago Artist Richard Hunt to be placed in the Reading Garden of the Chicago Public Library Branch at the… More

Preserving Black History: The HistoryMakers

February 17, 2022 11:15 AM

It all started with an interview with Tuskegee Airman Colonel William R. Thompson. Seated in the cockpit of his P-51, Benjamin O. Davis… More

A message from Michelle Obama: Honoring Hadiya Pendleton at the Obama Presidential Center

January 29, 2022 5:00 AM

For my husband’s second inauguration, 15-year-old Hadiya Pendleton came down to Washington and performed in the festivities with her majorette squad. A week later, this… More

Chicago Civic and Corporate Leaders Among New Donors to the Obama Foundation

October 22, 2021 11:00 AM

Donors Rally to Support $1.6B Fundraising Goal and Obama Presidential Center On the heels of its groundbreaking celebration, the Obama Foundation is releasing… More

Remembering Timuel Black

October 13, 2021 3:47 PM

By Michael Strautmanis I want to tell you about my friend and mentor, Dr. Timuel Black, who passed away on Wednesday, October 13. A man… More

Read Mrs. Obama’s remarks at the Center’s groundbreaking!

September 29, 2021 4:02 PM

On Tuesday, September 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined President and Mrs. Obama at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Obama… More

Read President Obama’s remarks at the Center’s groundbreaking!

September 28, 2021 7:55 PM

On Tuesday, September 28, Illinois Governor J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot joined President and Mrs. Obama at the ceremonial groundbreaking for the Obama… More

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