The OPC Campus. Courtesy of The Obama Foundation.
The Obama Presidential Center (OPC) is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that will bring tremendous cultural, economic and educational benefits to the South Side and the entire City of Chicago for generations to come. The City of Chicago won the honor of hosting former President Barack Obama's Presidential Center after a months-long process that included extensive community engagement.
The City of Chicago, through the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) and the Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT), is working on several roadway changes and transportation improvement projects in Jackson Park that will support the OPC and the Chicago Park District's South Lakefront Framework Plan update. When these projects are completed, they will support a revitalized Jackson Park and strengthen the surrounding area.
The City, the Chicago Park District and the Obama Foundation have had and continue to offer a range of ways for the community to share feedback on the OPC, related transportation projects and updates to the South Lakefront Framework Plan, including a series of public meetings. Following a public process, the Obama Foundation's plan was approved by the Chicago Plan Commission in May 2018, and subsequently the City Council. In addition, the OPC site and accompanying roadway changes designed to enhance connectivity and circulation in and around Jackson Park require a federal-level review under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), as well as consultation under Section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act, all of which requires extensive public review.
Traffic Impact Analysis
A traffic impact analysis was performed to identify potential traffic impacts associated with the large-scale revitalization plan for Jackson Park updating the South Lakefront Framework Plan that would increase green space, improve pedestrian connectivity and create new and upgraded facilities. Part of that plan is the construction of the future Obama Presidential Center.
View the Jackson Park Revitalization Traffic Impact Study, which is the culmination of more than nine months of work based on both technical analysis and input from the community and other stakeholders.
The traffic study found that with these roadway changes and mitigations looked at as a whole, travel times for drivers in and around the park will remain relatively unchanged.
Key Milestones (Past dates in gray; anticipated dates subject to change)
|March 28, 2017||Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on architect's vision|
|May 3, 2017||Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation with former President Barack Obama presenting conceptual plans|
|May 10, 2017||Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on landscape design|
|June 21 and 24, 2017||Public meetings hosted by Chicago Park District (CPD) to initiate the South Lakefront Framework Plan update|
|June 27 and July 13, 2017||Public meetings hosted by Alderman Hairston and CPD to initiate the South Lakefront Framework Plan update|
|August 15, 2017||Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on landscape design|
|August 23 and 24, 2017||Public meetings hosted by CPD and Chicago Department of Transportation (CDOT) on the South Lakefront Framework Plan and proposed transportation changes
|September 14, 2017||Public meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on OPC site design and amenities|
|September 25, 2017||Public meetings by CPD on the South Lakefront Framework Plan and proposed recreation, ecology & programming changes|
|December 1, 2017||Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #1
[Presentation of Section 106 process, draft Area of Potential Effect (APE) maps, and draft list of historic resources]
|December 7 and 11, 2017||Public meetings hosted by CPD on the South Lakefront Framework Plan draft scenarios|
|December 20, 2017||Stakeholder meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation on parking garage location and design|
|January 10, 2018||Public filing with the Department of Planning and Development (DPD) of OPC Planned Development application and the associated OPC, CDOT and CPD Lakefront Protection Ordinance applications|
|January 17, 2018||City Council Introduction of OPC Planned Development application|
|January 31, 2018||Public meeting hosted by CPD to share preliminary golf plans as part of the South Lakefront Framework Plan update
6 p.m., South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive
|February 27, 2018||
Public meeting hosted by the Obama Foundation, with CDOT and CPD participation, in preparation for Plan Commission hearing
|March 13 and 14, 2018||Public meeting(s) hosted by CPD in preparation for final steps of the South Lakefront Framework Plan update|
|March 19, 2018||Section 106 Historic Properties Inventory Report issued for review by consulting parties and the general public
[Includes any changes to the Area of Potential Effect (APE) for architecture or the list of historic resources within the APE boundary]
|March 29, 2018||Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #2
(Presentation of Historic Properties Inventory Report and process for evaluation of potential effects)
|April 11, 2018||Final South Lakefront Framework Plan update presented to CPD Board|
|May 17, 2018||
Plan Commission Hearing on OPC Planned Development application and the associated OPC, CDOT and CPD Lakefront Protection Ordinance applications
|May 22, 2018||City Council Committee Hearing on OPC Planned Development application|
|July 27, 2018||
Final Historic Properties Inventory (HPI) issued
Sept. 17, 2018
Initial NEPA Public Information Meeting
|Fall 2018||Public Process Regarding Recreation Use for Midway Plaisance UPARR Designation Begins|
Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #3
(presentation of assessment of effects and initial discussion of mitigation measures)
Section 106 Consulting Parties Meeting #4
(presentation of draft mitigation measures and draft Memorandum of Agreement, if necessary)
Section 106 Memorandum of Agreement Finalized
NEPA Public Meeting to Review Draft Environmental Assessment
Federal Decision on NEPA Environmental Assessment
The OPC doubles down on past and future investments in this area on the South side, including: