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Hometown celebrities push to bring the Barack Obama Presidential Library to Chicago’s South Side


A few of Chicago’s most known and beloved celebrities have banded together in a new promotional video in hopes of encouraging President Barack Obama to “bring it on home” and select the city’s South Side to house the Barack Obama Presidential Library.

Chicago Bears running back Matt Forte, media personality Val Warner, and hip-hop artist Rhymefest are just a few of the familiar faces in the video set to the tune of Sam Cooke’s 1962 hit song “Bring It On Home To Me.”

Museum Campus South, an organization consisting of seven museums located in the heart of city’s vibrant South Side, is behind the campaign. Group founder and member of the University of Chicago Community Advisory Board for the Barack Obama Presidential Library, Dr. Carol Adams, says landing the library would have a positive effect on the area in a number of ways.

“We are elated by the number of people throughout Chicago who have expressed their enthusiasm for the location of the Barack Obama Presidential Library on the South Side of Chicago. The Library would be a welcome addition to the Museum Campus South network,” Adams says. “Further, it would create an unprecedented opportunity for cultural, economic, and social impact in our community.”

In addition to Chicago, Honolulu’s University of Hawaii and New York’s Columbia University are in the running to land the coveted Presidential Library.

For more information on Chicago’s bid log onto the website

Check out the “Bring It On Home” promotional video below.

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