CHICAGO (AP) — The MacArthur Foundation plans a $5 million grant to create a new Chicago Public Library branch at the Obama Presidential Center.
The Chicago-based nonprofit made the announcement Monday, saying the money will help pay for construction at the planned site of former President Barack Obama’s $500 million presidential center in Jackson Park on Chicago’s South Side. The 5,000-square-foot public library will house multimedia collections, have community programs, a children’s area and offer space for reading and studying.READ MORE: Chicago Weather: Rounding Out The Warmest Weekend Of The Winter
MacArthur President Julia Stasch says housing a public library branch in the presidential center will connect Chicago residents and visitors “to each other and to a world of imagination and information.”READ MORE: MISSING: Khoshaba Dikyanos, 84, Last Seen In Lincoln Square
The center was originally slated to open in 2021, though ground hasn’t yet broken because of litigation over the use of public parkland.MORE NEWS: Chicago Speed Cameras To Start Issuing $35 Tickets To Drivers Going 6 MPH Over The Limit On Monday
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