In my lifetime, there has been no greater US President than Barack Obama. Today, I’m happy to share a few first-look images and videos of what you can expect when visiting the Obama Presidential Center, coming soon to Chicago‘s South Side.

The gorgeous Obama Presidential Center was designed by Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects and Interactive Design Architects (IDEA), located at the historic Jackson Park in the South Side. The 19-acre site has been in production since 2016 and will feature a world-class museum dedicated to Obama’s time in office, as well as must-see public art offerings and a new branch of the Chicago Public Library.

Model of Obama Presidential Center in Chicago's South Side

So what does this tall vertical Museum entail? Its height was conceptualized to invoke the feeling of ascension, where guests learn the core tenets of American democracy before reaching the Sky Room. This unique space offers visitors a moment of reflection as they witness a panoramic view of the Chicago area. Curious about what the words represent on the side of the building? Check out the video towards the bottom of the post to find out.

Concept of spaces at Obama Presidential Center

President Obama Speaks at Groundbreaking Ceremony

“More importantly this project will be a vital resource for the people that live right here.”

– First Lady Michelle Obama

Couldn’t have said it better myself, First Lady.

What the Text Says on the Obama Presidential Center

The Obama Presidential Center is in development and is scheduled to open to the public in the fall of 2025. Make sure to visit their official website to learn more.