Obama Presidential Center
The Obama Presidential Center will establish an engaging new landscape within historic Jackson Park on the South Side of Chicago. The Center, comprising the iconic Museum tower, the Forum, and the Library, will honor the Obama Presidency while serving as a hub of local civic engagement and a beacon of democratic values.
The Center’s architecture, designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, will be woven together with the landscape. Large, planted gathering spaces gently slope from ground level to the top of the Forum and Library buildings, while smaller gardens climb to rooftops and descend to sunken courtyards. New buildings and landscape blend seamlessly into the surrounding Jackson Park.
The campus will include programming for all ages and seasons, including a community vegetable garden, a renovation of the Historic Women’s Garden, winding wooded paths, sledding hills, lawns, plazas, and a world-class playground.
This emphasis on serving the neighborhood in all aspects will support the Obama Presidential Center’s mission to not only honor the stories of progress that got us to our present moment, but to also cultivate a more just future.