CHICAGO (CBS) — Most Chicagoans know about Barack Obama’s rise after he ran for the U.S. Senate or even the Illinois Senate, but a tour today aimed to educate about the years before that, reports WBBM’s Nancy Harty.

About 30 people piled onto a charter bus in the loop, preparing to head to the South Side for an education about Barack Obama before he ran for office.

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Tom Sheppard worked with the tour group Forgotten Chicago to pick out stops that highlighted his work as a community activist at the Altgeld Gardens public housing site and on the southeast side where he tried to help steelworkers find jobs.

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Other locations included Obama’s favorite lunch spot, the Valois, his old barbershop and the place where he and Michelle kissed for the first time, 53rd and Dorchester.

Tour-goers ranged from a Chicago Architecture Foundation docent who wanted to learn about the non-political side to the 44th president to someone who ran for the State Senate the same year Obama did (1996).

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Organizers say they may book the tour again if there’s enough interest.