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Chance To Play Obama Summit Closing Concert At Wintrust Arena

By Sam Cholke | October 13, 2017 11:47am | Updated on October 16, 2017 10:47am

HYDE PARK — Chance the Rapper, Gloria Estefan and The National will perform on Nov. 1 to cap off the Obama Foundation Summit.

Chance the Rapper said Friday that he had been brought in to help plan the concert as a larger community event to end the two-day summit on leadership, particularly among youth, at Wintrust Arena.

“It’s such an honor to be able to help creative direct this show,” Chance said in the announcement of the concert. “That’s because I am blessed to be part of a generation with an inherent sense of self. One that is inspired not just to talk about what needs to be changed — but get up and change it.”

Details of how to get tickets for the event are expected to be released later, and the Obama Foundation is encouraging people to sign up for its email list to get details.

There are expected to be approximately 2,200 free tickets given out, with 1,500 going to community organizations, churches and schools that have been working with the foundation and another 700 going to people who have applied to go to the summit or participated in some of the foundation's other calls for feedback on its website.

The foundation announced earlier this week that Prince Henry of Wales and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi will keynote the summit Oct. 31 at the Marriott Marquis at McCormick Place, 2121 S. Prairie Ave.

The summit will be the first large-scale event organized by the foundation while it continues to work on construction of the Obama Presidential Center, which is expected to break ground in Jackson Park next year.