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University of Chicago releases proposed sites for Obama library bid

Choosing a site in Chicago’s South Side will stimulate the area’s growth, a university executive said.

January 07, 2015 |
Plans of where the parks would be located if University of Chicago's bid were ch

Less than a month after the University of Hawaii released designs from world renowned architects for its bid to host the Barack Obama Presidential Library, fellow bidder (and popular contender) University of Chicago has finally released its plans for the library—but without designs of the actual library building itself.

Renderings by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) that accompanied the university’s statement officially released yesterday on UC's website depicted what development in the area would look like if the library were to open there.

“Locating the Barack Obama Presidential Library on Chicago’s South Side offers a rare chance to reinvigorate the economy of nearby communities and make improvements for the area’s infrastructure and parks,” Susan Sher, Senior Adviser to University of Chicago President Robert J. Zimmer, told UChicago News.

According to the Chicago Sun-Times, there are two proposed sites for the plan, both owned by the Chicago Park District in Chicago’s South Side, near the university’s campus in Hyde Park.

The first is 22 acres in Washington Park, extending west to the Garfield Boulevard CTA station by Martin Luther King Jr. Drive. The second location is 21 acres in Jackson Park, not far from the Museum of Science and Industry.

The university is promising to replace any park land it takes for the project and disclosed some suggestions of where the new green space could be relocated.

For further details about the land acquisition plans, read the Chicago Sun-Times report by Lynn Sweet.


Rendering of what the developed area on Jackson Park would look like. Courtesy SOM

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