South Side Chicago, where President Barack Obama lived for most of his adult life, will carry on POTUS’ legacy in the form of a $600 million library, the Barack Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday.
Sorry Hawaii. Although the volcanic island is Obama’s birthplace, POTUS has a fondness for the Windy City. “All the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago,” Obama said in a video posted on CNN.
New York City was also a candidate to host the presidential library, but in the end, the University of Chicago won Obama’s heart.
It was Chicago that jump started Obama’s career. He worked there as a community organizer in Chicago’s South Side. Soon after, he took on politics and represented the South Side in the Illinois State Senate. He would later become a U.S. Senator after winning a statewide election in Illinois.
The POTUS, in 2008, also claimed his presidential victory against John McCain in Chicago.
“The people there, the community, the lessons that I learned — they’re all based right in this few square miles where we’ll now be able to give something back and bring the world back home after this incredible journey,” Obama said.
Obama also met his wife in Chicago. She grew up in the Windy City and she’s “thrilled” with Obama’s selection. “Every value, every memory, every important relationship to me exists in Chicago. I consider myself a South Sider,” she said.
The presidential library, according to the New York Post, will be located in one of two public parks near the University of Chicago campus. The university said that the center is expected to attract 800,000 visitors a year. This library will be an “economic boon” that will create 3,300 construction jobs, 1,900 permanent new jobs, and $220 million in revenue for Chicago, UChicago wrote.
“With a library and a foundation on the South Side of Chicago, not only will we be able to encourage and effect change locally but what we can also do is attract the world to Chicago,” Obama said.
More info is also available on the Obama Foundation website.