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Obama Foundation moving offices to Hyde Park

President Barack Obama (center) is shown last year at the United Center with Martin Nesbitt (left), chairman of the board for the Barack Obama Foundation. | Ashlee Rezin/For the Sun-Times

The Obama Foundation moves to Hyde Park from downtown Chicago on Friday, putting its first footprint on the South Side.

About seven employees will be making the move to 5235 S. Harper Court, in a building owned by the University of Chicago.

The foundation is in charge of the creation of the Obama Center, the presidential library and museum to be located either in Jackson or Washington parks.

One of the next steps is for President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle to select an architect from among the seven finalists in the running.

Since the foundation was created in January, 2014, staffers for the organization have been working out of the offices of foundation Chairman Martin Nesbitt’s Vistria Group at 300 East Randolph St.