Obamas preview presidential center in Chicago
Former President Barack Obama and former First Lady Michelle Obama, returned to Chicago Wednesday to share new details and get feedback about the massive presidential center planned for Jackson Park.
The invite-only event was a roundtable discussion at the South Shore Cultural Center. This was the first time the couple shared a preview of the Obama Presidential Center.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Barack Obama’s former chief of staff attended, along with many community leaders.
So far, the public was told the presidential center will include a museum, a library, offices and an event space.
Construction is estimated to be at least $500 million. The former president will fundraise to cover that cost. If all goes according to plan, the center would open in 2021.
Wednesday’s event was not Barack Obama’s first public appearance since leaving the White House. He returned to Chicago in February for several events and was back again in April to speak at the University of Chicago. But it will be Michelle Obama’s first public appearance.
The couple plans to attend a dinner Wednesday night to address the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago, where the former president is expected to talk about his time in office and the new presidential center.
Before the South Shore event, she sent out a tweet:
Excited by the potential of the Obama Pres. Center. Barack & I will continue to champion the issues close to our hearts, including girls ed. pic.twitter.com/3VVtNyKHLK
— Michelle Obama (@MichelleObama) May 3, 2017