The University of Chicago has launched a website with information about its efforts to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library to a neighboring area in Chicago’s South Side. UChicago is committed to working with a broad coalition of partners, including cultural and educational institutions, civic groups and elected officials to achieve this goal.

 The University believes that bringing the presidential library to the South Side would generate new economic and cultural opportunities in the area, and inspire the young people of Chicago.

 “Such a location would reflect the personal and professional lives of the Obamas, as well as their commitments to society,” said University President Robert J. Zimmer. “A presidential library would mark a watershed moment for the South Side, catalyzing significant and sustained economic opportunity in an area poised to make the most of such promise. It would bring cultural and programmatic opportunities for all of Chicago’s residents and visitors.”

 More information is available at oplsouthside.uchicago.edu, which also offers multiple ways to get involved in the proposal process. 

Originally published on May 12, 2014.