A judge has ruled that construction of the Obama presidential center in Chicago can move forward in a dismissal of a parks advocacy group’s lawsuit.
The presidential center will reported cost $500 million and will be overseen by the Obama Foundation. The advocacy group Protect Our Parks had filed the lawsuit in an attempt to stop construction of the center, as they claimed, in part, that the land used in the construction was illegally transferred by the city to the Obama Foundation.
The planned state-of-the-art museum and library was supposed to open in 2021 in Jackson Park along Lake Michigan. In siding with the city, Judge Blakey said the center “surely provides a multitude of benefits to the public” including “a range of cultural, artistic, and recreational opportunities.”