Jackson Park has been a Preservation Chicago 7 Most Endangered in 2017 and again in 2018. We are advocating the protection of this important historic landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux with contributions by Alfred Caldwell. Preservation Chicago does not oppose the Obama Presidential Center, but would strongly prefer the 20-acre private facility to be constructed in a location other than historic Jackson Park.
On May 17, 2018, the Obama Presidential Center plan was presented it to the Chicago Plan Commission with over 150 members of the public wishing to give testimony in a packed City Council chambers including Preservation Chicago. After seven hours of heated public testimony both for and against the plan, the Chicago Plan Commission vote passed unanimously. The vote approve proposals including modifying boundaries, closing roads and approving the lease of the building. Many details are yet to be disclosed.