Community, Park Forest

Chicago & the Rise of Barack Obama (1985-2008) Bus Tour by Forgotten Chicago on Oct. 26

Young Obama teach at UofChicago
Barack Obama teaches constitutional law at the University of Chicago in the 1990s. (Photo Courtesy of Obama for America)

Park Forest, IL—(ENEWSPF)—October 13, 2017. Forgotten Chicago and Pullman-area native Tom Shepherd are proud to present an exclusive tour of sites and people crucial to the rise of Barack Obama in Chicago in the years before his first election to the White House in 2008.

Join us on Thursday, October 26, for a unique and enlightening bus tour highlighting many Chicago sites that helped shape Obama and his historic rise to the presidency between 1985 and 2008. This exclusive tour is a rare opportunity to visit little-known sites related to Obama’s years in Chicago and to hear from those who worked with Obama during his early career.

This tour will drive past some of the sites critical to Obama’s later Chicago career. The motor coach tour will last approximately 5 1/2 hours (including a couple blocks of walking in Hyde Park).

The tour includes a cafeteria lunch at Valois, one of the President’s favorite restaurants.

Check-in by 10:00 a.m. The bus will leave from Olympia Fields Park District, 20712 Western Avenue at 10:15 a.m. sharp and will make a second stop at 10:30 a.m. sharp at Park Forest Village Hall, 350 Victory Drive (get directions here ).

We will be returning at approximately 4 p.m. The tour will take place rain or shine.

Tickets are $80 and include the tour and a cafeteria lunch at Valois. You can purchase a ticket online here.

For additional information or to register by phone, call the Olympia Fields Park District at 708-481-7313.