Obama Library Price Jumps 50% in 9 Months
Feb27

Obama Library Price Jumps 50% in 9 Months

It was already the biggest cultural landmark to come to the South Side in a generation.  Now it’s going to be the biggest financial injection into the region of Chicago in modern memory. Just nine months after former president Barack Obama stated that he needed a billion dollars to build his presidential library and museum, that price is now reportedly $1.5 billion. The news was broken by the New York Post’s Richard...

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Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan
Aug05

Park Pals Pass on Protesting Presidential Plan

A couple of days ago, the Obama Foundation announced that Chicago’s Jackson Park will be the location of the Barack Obama Presidential Center. The decision came as a surprise to some observers who believed that Washington Park was a lock. The Jackson decision now leaves them with neighborhood revitalization plans unrealized. Also not happy with the choice is Friends of the Parks. You may remember it as the N.G.O. that scared George...

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Trib: Obama Library To Land in Jackson Park
Jul28

Trib: Obama Library To Land in Jackson Park

We’re still a week away from an official announcement, but the Chicago Tribune says President Barack Obama has chosen Jackson Park for the Obama Presidential Center. It was quite some time ago that the location for the presidential library was narrowed down to either Washington Park, or Jackson Park.  But until now it was widely believed that Washington Park was the front runner. How much of Jackson Park will be impacted by the...

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TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side
Jun30

TWBTA and IDEA Chosen to Design Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side

After months of anticipation, the Obama Foundation has decided in which direction it wants to go with the Barack Obama Presidential Center: TWBTA out of New York and IDEA in Chicago. You may know TWBTA (Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects) from such projects as the University of Chicago’s Logan Center for the Arts and the Phoenix Art Museum.  Locally, IDEA was the architect of record for Renzo Piano’s Art Institute of...

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Obama Library Says “Hey, Remember Us?”
Mar28

Obama Library Says “Hey, Remember Us?”

For months, the people of the city of Chicago have waited patiently for the people at the Obama Foundation to decide who’s going to design the new Obama Presidential Center.  What we know so far is that it will be somewhere on the South Side, quite likely in Jackson or Washington Parks, where no one will wail and complain and sue over the loss of public space like the Lucas Museum because… South Side. Today the Obama...

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Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library
May13

Friends of the Parks Waves White Flag; Pledges to Work With Obama Library

Following yesterday’s official announcement that that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in a park on Chicago’s South Side, the Friends of the Parks issued a statement expressing its dismay. The organization has been against any use of public park space for the library, which is expected to use quite a lot of space.  But after the official announcement, it is striking a conciliatory tone; doing...

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Obama Makes it Official — Presidential Library Coming to Chicago
May12

Obama Makes it Official — Presidential Library Coming to Chicago

  A fortnight after the Chicago Sun-Times and pretty much every other media outlet in the city broke the news that the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum will be built in Chicago, the Barack Obama Foundation made it official. It happened with an e-mail sent out at 6:00am this morning, penned by former White House advisor David Axelrod.  In it he briefly describes the rationale: Chicago is one of the greatest cities in...

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Obama Returning to the South Side in Library Form
May01

Obama Returning to the South Side in Library Form

The Obama Foundation is officially mum on the subject, but at least five Chicago news outlets from the Sun-Times to WBBM-TV are citing independent sources as telling them that Chicago has been chosen to host the Barack Obama Library and Museum. The question now is, exactly where will the complex be located. The University of Chicago’s apparently winning bid calls for it to be built in either Washington Park or Jackson Park.  But...

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Obama’s Library Has a Chicago Home, If He Wants It
Mar18

Obama’s Library Has a Chicago Home, If He Wants It

The Chicago City Council has given its stamp of approval to a plan to transfer ownership of up to 21 acres of public park land for the Barack Obama Library and Museum.  The controversial move makes Chicago’s bid for the library even more tempting to the Barack Obama Foundation. A decision on which city (Chicago, New York, and Honolulu) will get the library is expected after the April 7 runoff election. After that, the foundation...

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Slice of Life: Osaka Garden
Jan04

Slice of Life: Osaka Garden

Built on an artificial island for the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition, Chicago’s Osaka Garden is a great place to get away for a bit and just clear your head. The area was mostly swampland before being transformed by  Frederick Law Olmsted and Daniel Burnham into a lagoon and island.  It was deliberately created to give people a place to go and rest; a reprieve from the hubbub of the world’s fair. If you go, keep...

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