Obama library: 2 Chicago sites cut from list; U. of C. bid lives

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WASHINGTON — Obama Presidential Library Foundation chief Martin Nesbitt is poised to announce the bid finalists next week with twoChicago sites without university affiliations —at Lakeside and Bronzeville — not advancingto the next round,I am told by multiple sources.The University of Chicago is expected to be on a shortlist of bidders who will be asked to submit a very detailed proposal for the library and museum.

Nesbitt, I am told, is personally making calls to bidders to deliver the news this week.

The Lakeside site — on the former U.S. Steel South Works site on the Southeast Side of Chicago — was spectacular but it would take years for related commercial and residential development to take place.

The Bronzeville bid was anchored at the site of the former Michael Reese Hospital.

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