Work Begins In Jackson Park Ahead Of Fall Groundbreaking For Obama Presidential Center

Mayor Lori Lightfoot and Gov. JB Pritzker on Wednesday announced $200 million in utility, infrastructure, and park improvements in Jackson Park that will help pave the way for groundbreaking of the $500 million Obama Presidential Center later this year.

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- Chicago's Obama Presidential Center is one step closer to reality. Today, the city announced preconstruction work is getting underway in preparation for the center's groundbreaking later this year. Today, officials announced a slew of projects related to the presidential center that will pump $200 million worth of improvements into the South Side, including widening parts of Lake Shore Drive and Stony Island Avenue and a new running track set to open in Jackson Park this summer.

MARTIN NESBITT: When we bring hundreds of thousands of visitors to the Obama Presidential Center, that helps celebrate this community we love. But it also strengthens the small businesses across this area.

- The Obama Foundation says it expects 700,000 visitors to the Presidential Center each year, generating billions of dollars for the local economy.