Michelle and Barack Obama are coming home to Chicago to promote a huge structure that our 44th president hopes will “be used to train the next generation of leaders.”
The plans for the Obama Presidential Center were made public on Wednesday in Chicago. The construction in Jackson Park, IL is expected to be completed by 2021.
The plans were unveiled by the former president and first lady at a community forum in their hometown. Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama’s former chief of staff, was also in attendance.
The structure will be comprised of three separate buildings to include a museum, library, auditorium and restaurants along tree-lined walkways and cover over 200,000 square feet. Rough estimates of the cost are into the hundreds of millions of dollars. Artist renderings and models were used at the event (see video).
“What we want this to be is the world premiere institution for training young people and leadership to make a difference in their communities, in their countries and in the world,” Obama said.
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