New Renderings of Chicago's Obama Library Released
Jan 10, 2018
Published Jan 10, 2018 at 7:39 AM
The Obama Foundation marked a significant milestone in its plans to build the Obama Presidential Center in Chicago, a project it aims to open by 2021.
The foundation on Wednesday submitted its planned development and lakefront protection ordinance application for the center, a move that follows months of community meetings.
“One year ago, President and Mrs. Obama laid out their vision for the Obama Presidential Center: a living, working campus for citizenship that will inspire and empower visitors and residents to create change in their communities and the world,” David Simas, CEO of the Obama Foundation, said in a statement. “Today’s development is the next step in realizing that vision by creating a cultural destination in Jackson Park and an economic engine for the South Side and City of Chicago. We appreciate the feedback we’ve received from residents and members of the community and look forward to continuing our work with them to ensure everyone has a voice in this historic project.”
Among the changes made from the initial design are increased landscaping, the creation of an underground parking lot, a taller structure, additions for youth entertainment, changes to transportation in the area and more.
The foundation hopes to break ground on the center in late-2018, with plans to open its doors in 2021.