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Obamas break ground on Presidential Center

Barack and Michelle Obama attended a celebratory groundbreaking on Chicago's South Side for the Obama Presidential Center.

CHICAGO — Barack and Michelle Obama attended a celebratory groundbreaking on Chicago's South Side for the Obama Presidential Center

The event took place Tuesday afternoon, Sept. 28 in Jackson Park. Gov. J.B. Pritzker and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot will be joining the former president to celebrate the center.

Tuesday's event follows years of legal battles, concerns about gentrification and a federal review. Construction officially began last month in Jackson Park along Lake Michigan. The site is near the Obama family home and where the former president started his political career. 

The roughly $830 million center will feature a museum, public library branch and children's play area.