Obama presidential library will be built in Chicago

Tue May 12, 2015 2:06pm EDT
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By Mary Wisniewski

CHICAGO (Reuters) - Barack Obama's presidential library and museum will be built in his hometown of Chicago, the Obama Foundation announced on Tuesday.

Chicago beat out proposals by New York City and Hawaii to be the home the library.

The foundation, a nonprofit organization that conducted the site-selection process, will oversee the development and building of the library. It has not decided on the facility's exact location but it is expected to be in one of two parks near the University of Chicago's main campus.

The library and museum are expected to be open to visitors by 2020 or 2021.

Obama grew up in Hawaii and went to college in New York but owns a home and spent most of his pre-White House political career in Chicago, starting as a community activist before becoming an Illinois state senator and U.S. senator.

"All of the strands of my life came together and I really became a man when I moved to Chicago," Obama said in the foundation's video announcement of the decision.

Obama met his wife, Michelle Obama, in Chicago and his two daughters were born there.

"I'm thrilled to be able to put this resource in the heart of the neighborhood that means the world to me," Michelle Obama said in the video. "I consider myself a South Sider."   Continued...

U.S. President Barack Obama plays host to a Cinco de Mayo reception in the East Room of the White House in Washington May 5, 2015.  REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst