Monday, January 19, 2015

North Lawndale Presidential Library Boosters

An email from a group lobbying to put the Obama Presidential Library in North Lawndale over by Roosevelt and Kostner. The Library would be affiliated with University of Illinois Chicago. 

The CSX's Altenheim subdivision runs on an embankment just south of Roosevelt. It's a right-of-way very similar to the Bloomingdale trail and would be a natural to connect the Library with UIC's main campus. 

 Here's a link to their site, and the text of their email today.

Jan 19, 2015 — I want to thank you once more for your support in our efforts to save the 3411 West Douglas Boulevard from demolition. Although we were not successful at saving the building, we are pleased to know that so many current and former North Lawndale residents care about the direction of the community.
At this time, we would like to honor the tradition of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the North Lawndale community by sharing an update of our efforts to bring the Obama Presidential Library to the West Side. Here is a link to our latest update on the UIC-North Lawndale bid. If you are interested in keeping abreast of the latest developments, please subscribe.  
We expect to have another meeting to engage West Side and West Suburban elected officials and residents and heighten awareness of the bid. We hope that you will consider supporting this worthy cause as well.  
You can follow our blog at; follow us on Twitter @NLOPL and find us on Facebook at 
We look forward to working with you again.


Valerie F. Leonard said...

Thanks for sharing this, Bill!

The meeting to which I referred in the above message will take place on Monday, February 16, 2015 (Presidents' Day), from 10:00 am-12:00 noon, at the United Baptist Church, 4242 West Roosevelt Road, in Chicago. The church is across the street from the proposed North Lawndale site.

We will have elected leaders at the local, state and federal levels, civic leaders, current and former North Lawndale residents, residents of the West Side and Western Suburbs, students and educators in attendance. We will start with a press conference followed by a rally in support of the West Side bid. If you have any questions, email me at


Valerie F. Leonard

Bill Baar said...

Thanks... I'll turn this comment into a new post.