President Barack Obama has chosen his hometown of Chicago to host his future presidential library, two individuals with knowledge of the decision said Thursday, placing the permanent monument to his legacy in the city that launched his improbable ascent to the White House.
Obama’s library will be built on Chicago’s South Side, where the University of Chicago has proposed two potential sites not far from the Obama family’s home. It was unclear which of the two sites had been selected, but an official announcement was expected within weeks.
For Chicago, the decision solidifies the city’s claim to Obama and the legacy of the nation’s first black president. Yet it marks a harsh letdown for New York and Honolulu, two other cities that played pivotal roles in Obama’s journey and competed fiercely to host the library.