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Barack Obama returns to Chicago next week to talk about civic engagement

Barack Obama returns to Chicago next week to talk about civic engagement
Photograph: Max Herman

A little more than three months after Barack Obama delivered an impassioned farewell address in Chicago, our former president is planning a return to the Windy City. On Monday, Obama will host hundreds of young leaders at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts for a discussion on civic engagement and community organizing.

The invite-only event is Obama's first public appearance since leaving office on January 20 (unless you count kitesurfing with Richard Branson). A spokesman for the former president told the Chicago Tribune that attendees were selected from several nearby universities, including Northwestern University, Roosevelt University, Loyola University and University of Illinois at Chicago. The discussion is designed to support and encourage the next generation of community leaders—one of Obama's post-presidency goals.

You won't be able to obtain a ticket for the event, which is expected to begin at 11am, but the discussion will be televised. So anyone in desperate need of an Obama fix, tune in and don't forget that even a former president's motorcade is likely to cause a traffic snarl.

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