CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama is set to visit Chicago to discuss the designation of the Pullman Historic District as a national monument.
The White House says Obama will be in his hometown on Thursday. He’s expected to deliver remarks in the afternoon at Gwendolyn Brooks College Preparatory Academy.READ MORE: Chicago Weather Alert: Lake-Effect Snow On The Way; Heavy Bands Could Dump 1 To 1.5 Inches Per Hour
The Pullman neighborhood on the city’s South Side was built by industrialist George Pullman in the 19th century for workers at a factory to build luxurious railroad sleeping cars. The neighborhood was crucial in the African-American labor movement.READ MORE: Two Men Shot Dead In Car In Ravenswood; Car Goes On To Crash And Catch Fire
Designating part of the neighborhood a national monument makes it part of the National Park System.
The president’s visit falls days before the municipal election, where Mayor Rahm Emanuel faces re-election. Emanuel is a former White House chief of staff.MORE NEWS: Bears Hire Colts Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus As New Head Coach
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