Obama to Hold Town Hall-Style Discussion in Chicago in His First Public Appearance Since Leaving Office

WASHINGTON, DC – FEBRUARY 11: (AFP OUT) U.S. President Barack Obama smiles as he meets with French President Francois Hollande in the Oval Office at the White House on February 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. Hollande who arrived yesterday for a three day state visit, visited Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello estate and will be the guest of honor for a state dinner tonight. (Photo by Andrew Harrer-Pool/Getty Images)

Former President Barack Obama will make his first public appearance since leaving office on Monday when he speaks at a town hall-style discussion in his hometown of Chicago.

At the event, which will take place at the University of Chicago, Obama will meet with young leaders from area schools to discuss “community organizing and civic engagement,” his office said in a statement Friday.

“This event is part of President Obama’s post-presidency goal to encourage and support the next generation of leaders driven by strengthening communities around the country and the world,” the statement continued.

The event marks the start of Obama’s reentry into public life and comes after a series of vacations with family and friends — including trips to Palm Springs, California, Richard Branson’s private island in the British Virgin Islands, and an exclusive resort in French Polynesia.

Though Obama has indirectly criticized his successor, President Donald Trump, since his inauguration, he is not expected to do so at the upcoming town hall.

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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Tierney McAfee