In only a few weeks, President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will vacate the White House and resume life as private citizens. But well before the Obamas moved to Washington, they were well-known and active residents based on Chicago’s South Side. To honor the Obamas’ legacy in Chicago, Forgotten Chicago is hosting a tour this coming Sunday of the South Side sites where Barry and Michelle got their start in community organizing and politics. The five-hour tour will take guests to various sites throughout the Far South Side and Hyde Park area.
While Barack Obama may be best remembered for his work as a professor at the University of Chicago’s law school, the tour will highlight Obama’s work organizing the residents of the Altgeld Gardens public housing project and working with residents of the Pullman neighborhood. The tour will also stop for lunch at Valois Restaurant—one of Obama’s favorite spots.
The tour begins at 10:00 a.m. Sunday, December 4 in the lobby of the Chicago Cultural Center. Tickets are $65 and can be purchased through Forgotten Chicago.