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After 5 Years, Obamas To Break Ground On Presidential Center

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In this May 3, 2017, file photo, former President Barack Obama points to a rendering for the former president's lakefront presidential center at a community event at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. Obama's presidential center will move another step closer to its brick-and-mortar future Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021 when ground is broken.

CHICAGO — Barack and Michelle Obama are expected to attend a celebratory groundbreaking on Chicago’s South Side for the Obama Presidential Center.

Tuesday’s event follows years of legal battles, concerns about gentrification and a federal review. Construction officially began last month in Jackson Park along Lake Michigan.

The site is near the Obama family home and where the former president started his political career.

The roughly $830 million center will feature a museum, public library branch and children’s play area.

The groundbreaking will be streamed online to limit crowds amid the pandemic.

Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker are expected to attend.

 

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