The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and North Lawndale are honored to be among four finalists selected by the Barack Obama Foundation to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library. Our proposal seeks to re-imagine what a presidential library can become, asking not simply where the Library should go, but rather what it can do. We offer a vision where the Library is not on a site, but of a site — where the energy of the city enters the Library and the knowledge and discourse instigated within moves out to the city, the nation, and the world. (Read more of our proposal overview, or download the full proposal PDF)
Mayor Rahm Emanuel (center) views the UIC/North Lawndale site with Ald. Jason Ervin, 28th Ward; Ald. Walter Burnett, 27th Ward; Marcus Betts and Wallace E. (Mickey) Johnson of the North Lawndale Presidential Library Committee; and Ald. Emma Mitts, 37th Ward.