CHICAGO — Former President Barack Obama hosted big names at the Obama’s Foundation’s first-ever Summit.
Prince Harry, playwright and actor Lin-Manuel Miranda, Mellody Hobson and others are among the high-profile guests at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Chicago for the summit.
The Obama’s Foundation invited more than 500 community leaders and organizers to the two-day summit, the focus of which is to expand ideas between them, improve them and bring them home.
About 100 people from Chicago are part of the discussion.
“We need you to move the world forward,” Obama said to the crowd. “I want this next chapter to be even more impactful than the last and the next two days are just the beginning.”
“He’s always believed that the answers come from the communities,” Mike Strautmanis, from the Obama Foundation, said. “And that’s the first thing he wanted to do when he started his foundation was listen.”
On Wednesday, a long day of talking and listening begins. Michelle Obama will be one of the featured speakers. The day will conclude with a concert, headlined by Chance the Rapper, at 8:30 p.m. at the newly opened Wintrust Arena on Cermak.