The University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) and its North Lawndale community partner submitted its formal proposal on Thursday to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library.
“Our proposal seeks to re-imagine what a presidential library can become, asking not simply where the Library should go, but rather what it can do. We offer a vision where the Library is not on a side, but of a site – where the energy of the city enters the Library and the knowledge and discourse instigated within moves out to the city, the nation, and the world.”
The proposal imagines an east-west cultural and civic corridor that extends from the lakefront Museum Campus through UIC and into North Lawndale, united communities along the route. North Lawndale would host the library and museum, and the UIC site would host a visitor’s center and a proposed “O-4” Institute for academic-civic collaboration.
The Barack Obama Foundation will review the proposals submitted by the four finalists — UIC, University of Chicago, Columbia University and the University of Hawaii — and share recommendations with the president and first lady, who will make the final decision in early 2015.
Explore UIC / North Lawndale’s vision for the Obama Presidential Library and Museum through the following links: