In January 2014, the formation of the Barack H. Obama Foundation was announced. The nonprofit group will lead the planning for Obama’s presidential library. The foundation is expected to propose a site for the $500 million-plus library in early 2015, with the library officially opening several years after Obama leaves office in 2016. Hawaii, Obama’s birthplace, and New York, where Obama attended Columbia University, are both in the running. It’s Chicago, however, that has to be considered the frontrunner. After all, the city gave rise to Obama’s political career.
So, which Chicago areas should be considered the favorite? The University of Chicago seems like a logical choice—Obama was a constitutional law professor there for 12 years. Bronzeville Neighborhood is another possibility as well. It’s the city’s center of black culture, business and politics. Chicago State University and Pullman Neighborhood are also in the mix, as Obama worked in both areas as a community organizer in the 1980s. An argument in favor of Pullman Neighborhood is that the University of Chicago already has so much.
To learn more about other Chicago area frontrunners, check out the infographic below. What do you think is the best location in the country to build Obama’s presidential library? Please share in the comments!