CHICAGO — The Obama Foundation says it chose Jackson Park over Washington Park for the Obama Presidential Center because of its beauty, location, and history.
Marty Nesbitt, who’s the Chair of the Obama Foundation, says both parks offered benefits and challenges, and that it was tough to choose one. He says in the end, the 21-acre Jackson Park will attract visitors and have a larger benefit on the South Side as a whole.
He points out for the first time in U.S. history, a presidential center will be located in an urban area.
There’s hope the Center will open in 2021.