The has announced that the Barack Obama Presidential Center will be located on Chicago’s South Side.
The foundation, which will be led by close family and friends of the Obamas, will be responsible for all aspects of the construction, design, and maintenance of the center. To be built in either Washington or Jackson Park, the center will include Obama's presidential library, a museum, and office and activity space for the foundation. As a future neighbor and collaborator, the has pledged to make resources and infrastructure available to the foundation during the project’s planning and development phases.
In the coming months, the foundation hopes to sketch out plans for the center, which is expected to reflect the values and priorities that have characterized Barack Obama's career in public service. Those values include expanding economic opportunity to all Americans, inspiring an ethic of citizenship, and promoting peace, justice, and dignity around the world. To that end, the foundation, which expects to open its office later this year, will emphasize community partnerships and opportunities for economic development.
"With the library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and affect change locally, but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago," said the president in a he and the first lady recorded to announce their decision. "All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago. That's where I was able to apply that early idealism to try to work in communities in public service. That’s where I met my wife. That’s where my children were born."