Reflections on the promise of the Obama Presidential Center

Gov. J.B. Pritzker (left) and Mayor Lori Lightfoot (right) join former President Barack Obama and former first lady Michelle Obama in a ceremonial ground-breaking at the Obama Presidential Center site in Jackson Park on Sept. 28, 2021.

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A few weeks back, I rode Metra into the city to accomplish several errands. One of them was to visit Wooded Island, behind the Museum of Science and Industry in Jackson Park. It had been a year-to-the-week since I had last been there.

For about two years, I lived a 20-minute hike away from Wooded Island, and several mornings a week, I’d head there at sunrise with my binoculars to spend a few hours with the flora and fauna. Wooded Island offers an escape from the noise and mayhem of the city, a place conducive to deep thoughts.

After leaving Union Station, I hustled along Jackson Boulevard towards State Street to catch a southbound #6 Hyde Park Express bus. Although downtown seemed to have regained some of its buzz, the homeless, with their cardboard pleas for help, appeared to occupy every other street corner.

Despite blue skies and golden sunshine, I felt odd, as if I were on the verge of deja vu. Some 15 minutes later, when I exited the bus at 57th Street and Stony Island Avenue, I saw a woman sitting in the bus shelter there.

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She seemed to be in her 50s, and while it was a warm, humid morning, she was …read more

Source:: Chicago Sun Times

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