Obama surprises youth football team, chats with South Side business owners during visit to Jackson Park

The former president gathered in a huddle with a youth football team in the neighborhood where his future presidential center is set to break ground in the fall.

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Former President Barack Obama surprised a youth football team in Jackson Park on Tuesday.

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Former President Barack Obama surprised a youth football team in Jackson Park on Tuesday while visiting the neighborhood home to his future Obama Presidential Center.

Obama got together with the Chicago Southside Wolfpack for a guest pep talk and huddled with the team of fifth- to eighth-graders.

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Groundbreaking for the presidential center in Jackson Park is set for early fall, the Sun-Times reported. The foundation estimated up to 5,000 construction jobs will be made during the project.

While visiting the city, the former president also stopped by South Shore Brew to chat with business owners about how the future center will benefit the community.

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