Earlier this year, a federal judge dismissed Protect Our Parks’ initial lawsuit. The group then appealed to the 7th Circuit.
Following a search for a location across the country, former President Barack Obama’s foundation selected Jackson Park in 2016. The surrounding neighborhood has personal significance for the former president: It’s where he once lived.
The Obama Presidential Center already broke ground in 2021 in the South Side park. The center is expected to be completed by 2025 and will include a museum, library, gardens and other public gathering spaces.