Obama Chooses Chicago to Host His Presidential Library
The other three final contestants were the University of Hawaii, New York's Columbia University, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. The Chicago Park District, which owns the two properties under consideration, says it will donate the chosen land parcel for this purpose. Both parcels are either on or very close to Chicago's lakefront in the Hyde Park neighborhood where the Obama home is located.ABCNews
WASHINGTON — May 1, 2015
President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House. Obama's library will be built on Chicago's South Side, where the University of Chicago has proposed two potential sites not far from the Obama family's home. It was unclear which of the two sites had been selected, but an official announcement was expected within weeks. For Chicago, the decision solidifies the city's claim to Obama and the legacy of the nation's first black president. Yet it marks a harsh letdown for New York and Honolulu, two other cities that played pivotal roles in Obama's journey and competed fiercely to host the library.
Obama's decision to place the library in Chicago was conveyed to The Associated Press Thursday by two individuals with direct knowledge of the decision. Both spoke on condition of anonymity because the decision hasn't been publicly announced. Obama's foundation, the White House, the University of Chicago and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel's office all declined to comment.
The Obama family residence in the leafy and diverse Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago.