Obama Presidential Center

 

Obama Presidential Center

The OPC Campus. Courtesy of The Obama Foundation.

The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will bring tremendous cultural, economic and educational benefits to the South Side and the entire City of Chicago for generations to come. The City of Chicago won the honor of hosting former President Barack Obama's Presidential Center after a months-long process that included extensive community engagement.

The City of Chicago, through the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), is working on several roadway changes and transportation improvement projects in Jackson Park that will support the OPC and the Chicago Park District's South Lakefront Framework Plan update. When these projects are completed, they will support a revitalized Jackson Park and strengthen the surrounding area.

The City, the Chicago Park District and the Obama Foundation have had and continue to offer a range of ways for the community to share feedback on the OPC, related transportation projects and updates to the South Lakefront Framework Plan, including a series of public meetings. Additionally, several concurrent levels of review are ongoing: approval is being sought from the Chicago Plan Commission and subsequently the City Council; in addition, the OPC site and accompanying roadway changes designed to enhance connectivity and circulation in and around Jackson Park require federal-level review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act.

Traffic Impact Analysis

A traffic impact analysis was performed to identify potential traffic impacts associated with the large-scale revitalization plan for Jackson Park updating the South Lakefront Framework Plan that would increase green space, improve pedestrian connectivity and create new and upgraded facilities. Part of that plan is the construction of the future Obama Presidential Center.

View the Jackson Park Revitalization Traffic Impact Study, which is the culmination of more than nine months of work based on both technical analysis and input from the community and other stakeholders.

The traffic study found that with these roadway changes and mitigations looked at as a whole, travel times for drivers in and around the park will remain relatively unchanged.

City of Chicago Zoning Applications

Contact Info:

  • To submit questions or comments about the Chicago Park District's updated South Lakefront Framework Plan planning process, visit southlakefrontplan.com/contact-us.
  • To submit questions or comments about the federal review process and the OPC, CDOT or Chicago Park District zoning applications, email dpd@cityofchicago.org.
  • To submit questions or comments about the Obama Presidential Center itself, visit www.obama.org/contact-us.

Key Milestones (Past dates in gray; anticipated dates subject to change)

March 28, 2017 Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on architect's vision
May 3, 2017 Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation with former President Barack Obama presenting conceptual plans
May 10, 2017 Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on landscape design
June 21 and 24, 2017 Public meetings hosted by Chicago Park District (CPD) to initiate the South Lakefront Framework Plan update
June 27 and July 13, 2017 Public meetings hosted by Alderman Hairston and CPD to initiate the South Lakefront Framework Plan update
August 15, 2017 Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on landscape design
August 23 and 24, 2017 Public meetings hosted by CPD and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the South Lakefront Framework Plan and proposed transportation changes

View presentation
September 14, 2017 Public meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on OPC site design and amenities
September 25, 2017 Public meetings by CPD on the South Lakefront Framework Plan and proposed recreation, ecology & programming changes 
December 1, 2017 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #1

[Presentation of Section 106 process, draft Area of Potential Effect (APE) maps, and draft list of historic resources]
December 7 and 11, 2017 Public meetings hosted by CPD on the South Lakefront Framework Plan draft scenarios
December 20, 2017 Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on parking garage location and design
January 10, 2018 Public filing with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) of OPC Planned Development application and the associated OPC, CDOT and CPD Lakefront Protection Ordinance applications
January 17, 2018 City Council Introduction of OPC Planned Development application
January 31, 2018 Public meeting hosted by CPD to share preliminary golf plans as part of the South Lakefront Framework Plan update

6 p.m., South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
February 27, 2018

Public meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation, with CDOT and CPD participation, in preparation for Plan Commission hearing

Materials: 

CDOT Presentation

Jackson Park Track & Field Presentation

March 13 and 14, 2018 Public meeting(s) hosted by CPD in preparation for final steps of the South Lakefront Framework Plan update
March 19, 2018 Section 106 Historic Properties Inventory Report issued for review by consulting parties and the general public

[Includes any changes to the Area of Potential Effect (APE) for architecture or the list of historic resources within the APE boundary]
March 29, 2018 Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #2

(Presentation of Historic Properties Inventory Report and process for evaluation of potential effects) 
April 11, 2018 Final South Lakefront Framework Plan update presented to CPD Board
May 17, 2018

Plan Commission Hearing on OPC Planned Development application and the associated OPC, CDOT and CPD Lakefront Protection Ordinance applications

View presentation as PDF (4.8 MB) or PowerPoint (110 MB)

May 22, 2018 City Council Committee Hearing on OPC Planned Development application
July 27, 2018

Final Historic Properties Inventory (HPI) issued

Sept. 17, 2018

Initial NEPA Public Information Meeting
(includes FHWA’s initial evaluation of roadway improvement alternatives, which have already been released and are linked below)

Fall 2018 Public Process Regarding Recreation Use for Midway Plaisance UPARR Designation Begins
Fall 2018

Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #3

(presentation of assessment of effects and initial discussion of mitigation measures)

Fall 2018

Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #4

(presentation of draft mitigation measures and draft Memorandum of Agreement, if necessary)

Fall 2018

Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement Finalized

Winter 2018

NEPA Public Meeting to Review Draft Environmental Assessment

Early 2018

Federal Decision on NEPA Environmental Assessment

 

Area Investments

The OPC doubles down on past and future investments in this area on the South side, including:

  • The Garfield Gateway project, a plan to make major improvements to the Garfield Green Line CTA station to enhance the commuting experience for CTA customers while creating a strong community focal point on Chicago's South Side and an iconic gateway to the Washington Park community.
  • The construction of the KLEO Arts Residences, an artists’ residence development in the Washington Park neighborhood that will include 5,000 square feet of retail and artist studio spaces
  • The University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life Initiative's Arts Block project, led by renowned Chicago artist Theaster Gates; the project aims to boost Garfield Boulevard through cultural, civic and commercial spaces and programs
  • The construction of XS Tennis in Washington Park
  • The renovation and revitalization of Cottage Grove Green Line CTA Station in Woodlawn.
  • The opening of MetroSquash recreational and educational center in Woodlawn
  • The Woodlawn Resource Center
  • A new residence hall for University of Chicago
  • The construction of five new POAH apartment buildings
  • The opening of Trianon Lofts, the first market-rate apartment development to be built in Woodlawn in more than 40 years
  • The rehabilitation of Strand Hotel
  • A new Jewel grocery and pharmacy, new dining options, coffee shops and more in Woodlawn
  • The creation of a group of stakeholders on the South Side to ensure economic development in the neighborhoods around the OPC include local feedback and expertise to maximize the positive impact on the area

Find more information about OPC’s Economic Impact here.

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