Another Chicago school wants to be the future home of the Barack Obama presidential library. Chicago State University is exploring a bid to make the Far South Side campus the library’s home base, putting the school in the running with the University of Chicago and University of Hawaii.
CSU isn’t the only interested party. Residents in the historically black Bronzeville neighborhood say they have 37 acres that are a perfect fit. The vacant site of the old Michael Reese Hospital was purchased by the city several years ago in advance of Chicago’s failed bid for the 2016 Olympic Games.
Ald. Will Burns (4th) has said the library would be a great addition for the community but said the Reese site inside his ward is already being considered for other entities such as an entertainment complex, a museum and hotels.
Several other Chicago locations have expressed interest in the library, including an old U.S. Steel South Works site.
Obama reportedly has a former aide looking at potential locations in his hometown.
The president will make the final decision.
Source: NBC Chicago.
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