Obamas to speak in Chicago about presidential center

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Former US president Barack Obama and his wife Michelle wave as they exit the stage during the Obama Foundation Summit in Chicago, Illinois, October 31, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Jim Young (Photo credit should read JIM YOUNG/AFP/Getty Images)

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CHICAGO — Barack and Michelle Obama will speak next month at a summit in Chicago focused on the vision for the Obama Presidential Center.

The event will include young leaders from around the world and participants of programs run by the Obama Foundation. It’s the third such summit.

Officials say the theme is “Places Reveal Our Purpose.”

Organizers say the summit will show how the Obama Presidential Center “connects to a growing global network of leaders.”

The center is planned along the lakefront of Chicago’s South Side. It’s near where Obama started his political career and lived with his family.

The $500 million center is expected to house a public library branch, house multimedia collections and have community programs, among other things.

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