Obama Expected to Visit Kenwood Home for the First Time in a Year

By Sam Cholke on May 21, 2014 3:55pm 

 Barack Obama is expected to visit his home in Kenwood on Thursday for the first time in a year.
Barack Obama is expected to visit his home in Kenwood on Thursday for the first time in a year.
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HYDE PARK — President Barack Obama may see his home in Kenwood for the first time in a year on Thursday.

Neighbors said they were informed by the Secret Service that the president would be home Thursday afternoon through Friday afternoon.

“They give us a general hunch and that’s about it,” said Stewart Martin, an administrator at K.A.M. Isaiah Israel, across the street from the president’s home at 5046 S. Greenwood Ave.

The White House declined to say whether Obama would visit Kenwood, but confirmed he would be in Chicago for a Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee event.

The Secret Service and Chicago Office of Emergency Management and Communications both declined to say how traffic would be restricted in the neighborhood during the president’s visit.

It’s been nearly a year since Hyde Park and Kenwood residents saw sections East Hyde Park Boulevard cordoned off for the president’s motorcade.

Obama last visited his Kenwood home in May 2013, when he was in town raising funds for congressional Democrats. Prior to that, Obama had not been home since his November 2012 re-election.

Security at Montrose Harbor in Uptown said they were told to expect the president's helicopter to land in one of their parking lots.

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