Obama Chooses Chicago as Location of Presidential Library

President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks at Anacostia Library in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015 (PHOTO CREDIT: Susan Walsh—AP)
President Barack Obama smiles as he speaks at Anacostia Library in Washington, Thursday, April 30, 2015 (PHOTO CREDIT: Susan Walsh—AP)

Barack Obama’s Presidential Library and Museum will be located in none other than his adopted home: Chicago.

Several news reports, including the New York Times and Associated Press, cited two unnamed sources familiar with the choice, who weren’t authorized to discuss the apparent selection before it became official. An announcement will come down from the president’s foundation within the next few weeks, they said, and the library will be built on the city’s South Side, likely near the University of Chicago campus. Though raised in Hawaii, Chicago became home to the nation’s first black President in his adult life.

The selection of Chicago as the location wasn’t a given, though. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, who served as Obama’s chief of staff during the first term, played hard to win the bid.

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SOURCE: TIME, Maya Rhodan

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