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Obamas Choose Site for Presidential Library: Source

An official announcement on the decision is expected to be made in the coming days

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    President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama have chosen Chicago's historic Jackson Park as the site for the Obama Presidential Center, a source familiar with the process confirmed to NBC News. 

    An official announcement on the decision is expected to be made in the coming days. 

    The center was expected to be located in one of two parks on the city's South Side. It will be home to Obama's archives and a museum about his presidency, and is expected to be completed in 2020 or 2021.

    The Barack Obama Foundation announced last year that Chicago would house the future library, capping an intense campaign for the library.

    “The city of Chicago was instrumental in demonstrating to the President and First Lady the advantages of locating the future Obama Presidential Center in the city, and the University of Chicago brought to life the broad potential and vital energy of the South Side,” foundation chairman Martin Nesbitt said in a statement.

    Mayor Rahm Emanuel called the project a "unique opportunity" for Chicago and advocated aggressively for the selection.

    "It can be on the South Side. It can be on the West Side, but it cannot be on the Upper West Side of Manhattan," said Emanuel, Obama's former White House chief of staff, while campaigning for a second term at City Hall.

    The foundation recently announced that the New York architects behind the nearby University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts would partner with a Chicago firm in designing the center.