Obama Presidential Center Updates

Sweet Home Chicago: President Obama’s summer visit to Jackson Park and the South Side

June 1, 2021 9:30 PM

What makes Chicago one of the best cities in the world? To some, it’s the delectable food. For others, it’s the breathtaking skyline and lakefront. More

Reflecting on the Courage and Clear Purpose of the Freedom Riders, 60 Years Later

May 17, 2021 9:00 AM

By Valerie Jarrett, President, The Obama Foundation This month marks 60 years since the original 13 Freedom Riders—among them, a 21-year-old John Lewis—set… More

America hadn’t forgotten: Ten years later, a look back at the Osama bin Laden Raid

April 30, 2021 7:00 AM

By Ben Rhodes, former Deputy National Security Advisor This week, to mark the tenth anniversary of the operation against Osama bin Laden, I had the… More

Obama Foundation Announces Partnership with Chicago Botanic Garden

April 22, 2021 11:00 AM

Proposed planting strategy supports an effective pollinator network to attract a range of species that promote long-term ecological health within Jackson Park and… More

The Road to Groundbreaking: Obama Foundation Announces $400M Chicago Fundraising Effort to Build the Obama Presidential Center

April 20, 2021 9:00 AM

Dedicated “Hometown Fund” Designates $75M Toward Workforce Development and Youth Related Programming CHICAGO — Today the Obama Foundation announced a $400M Chicago Campaign… More

Kicking Off the Road to Groundbreaking for the Obama Presidential Center

April 14, 2021 9:49 AM

By Valerie Jarrett, President, The Obama Foundation The City of Chicago is beginning its pre-construction work on Jackson Park, getting it ready for the Obama… More

Eleven years of the Affordable Care Act

March 23, 2021 10:04 AM

By Valerie Jarrett, President, The Barack Obama Foundation 11 years ago today, President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law. What I remember… More

“We are the bridges”: Chicago poet Leslé Honoré connects Bloody Sunday to the Obama Presidential Center

March 12, 2021 12:27 PM

Watch talented Chicago poet Leslé Honoré recite “Bridges,” a poem inspired by the powerful speech President Obama delivered on the 50th… More

Obama Foundation Launches Obama Presidential Center Construction Workforce Initiative

March 10, 2021 11:00 AM

New Workforce Goals Prioritize Residents from South and West Side Communities CHICAGO — On the heels of a successful completion of the federal… More