The Obama Presidential Center

Our goal with the Obama Presidential Center is to connect history with action. The space will tell President Obama's story in ways no other presidential library or museum has. And perhaps more importantly, it will deliver on the President's timeless idea that ordinary people can gather together and make change.

  • Inform.

    Inform visitors about our civic rights and responsibilities and inspire citizens to get engaged.

  • Empower.

    Empower individuals who are leading change around the world, and help develop new ways to enable all citizens to take action.

  • Connect.

    Connect people from different communities and disciplines to create new approaches to solving our biggest challenges.

  • Translate.

    Translate new ideas into concrete actions that will have a measurable impact, enlisting partners across all sectors to scale what works.

Key Milestones


Key Milestones


Bringing it Home to Chicago

Located in the city where a young organizer once inspired his community to take action, the Obama Presidential Center will seek to inspire citizens across the globe to better their communities, their countries, and their world.

  • Jackson Park: A Site to Inspire

    Chicago's South Side is a historic community known for cultural diversity, social activism, and intellectual achievement. We're excited to call Jackson Park home and join the many institutions that have made this area a living laboratory for progress and change. Learn more

  • Meet the Architects

    We're proud and excited to work with Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects | Partners and Interactive Design Architects to design a Presidential Center unlike any in history. Learn about the architects and why their vision captured our imaginations. Get to know them

  • Shaped by Chicago

    Chicago has played a special role in the President and First Lady's lives, from their wedding day to Election Day. See how this city has helped shape the Obama family. Take a look back

  • A Warm Welcome

    Chicagoans have made their voices heard with an outpouring of support for the Foundation that is truly inspiring. Meet a few of the people who are excited to welcome the Obamas home. Hear from Chicagoans