Obamas pick presidential library site in Chicago

Obamas pick presidential library site in Chicago
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President Obama and first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama greets students at Detroit Motown Museum with surprise visit Michelle Obama: People questioning whether I could be first lady 'doesn't go away' Michelle Obama extends global book tour amid 'overwhelming interest' MORE have chosen Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side as the site of the Obama presidential library, according to multiple media reports. 

The Chicago Tribune and Associated Press reported the news on Wednesday. 

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A formal announcement has not been made by the Obama Foundation, but the selection caps a highly competitive campaign by numerous cities to host the library. 

The Obamas chose their home city of Chicago over New York City’s Columbia University, where the president earned his undergraduate degree, and his birthplace of Hawaii. 

The Obamas selected Jackson Park, near the University of Chicago, over a rival site, nearby Washington Park. The Jackson Park site was thought to be more accessible than the other location.

The president is expected to use the center as a platform to work on issues such as criminal justice reform and education for underprivileged children. 

The library site is located near Chicago's historically African-American Woodlawn neighborhood, which has seen recent gentrification. 

Obama has not yet started to personally raise money for the construction of the museum, archives and library complex, which is expected to cost $500 million. 

The project is expected to be completed in 2021.