SOUTH SHORE — Barack and Michelle Obama on Wednesday will appear at a public event together in Chicago for the first time since he left office to talk about their plans for the presidential library, according to the Obama Foundation.
The foundation on Monday announced the Obamas will host a roundtable discussion with members of the community to discuss progress on development of the presidential library and civic center planned for Jackson Park. The event is at the South Shore Cultural Center, 7059 S. South Shore Drive.
The Tribune is reporting that Obama will show a conceptual model of designs for his presidential library.
A spokesman for Obama and a spokeswoman for the Obama Foundation were not immediately able to confirm whether any designs being developed by Tod Williams and Billie Tsien Architects would be shown.
The Sun-Times reported on Friday that it had acquired an invitation for a Chicago Club event with Obama also on Wednesday where he will “share his thoughts and vision for the Obama Presidential Center as well as some reflections on his administration.”
The events come as Obama returns to more regular appearances in public, particularly in Chicago.
How Obama will return to the public sphere has been the subject of debate over the last week after he reportedly accepted a $400,000 fee to speak at a Wall Street investment bank at the same time he was speaking for free to a group of civically minded college students in Chicago.