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With a bulldozer and road closures in place, construction on the Obama Presidential Center began Monday, Aug. 16, 2021. (WTTW News)

Five years after Barack Obama chose Chicago as the site for his legacy project, construction officially began Monday on the Obama Presidential Center.

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FILE - In this Nov. 2, 2020 file photo, former President Barack Obama speaks at a rally as he campaigns for Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden at Turner Field in Atlanta. (AP Photo / Brynn Anderson)

Former President Barack Obama has scaled back his 60th birthday bash set for this weekend at his Martha’s Vineyard home off the Massachusetts coast due to the surge of infections blamed on the delta variant of the coronavirus, his office said Wednesday.

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In this image provided by Rob DeMartin, former President Barack Obama and musician Bruce Springsteen pose for a photo. (Rob DeMartin via AP)

“Renegades: Born in the USA” is a bound edition of the popular “Renegades” podcast featuring conversations on everything from fame to cars to the country itself between former President Barack Obama and Bruce Springsteen.

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Kehinde Wiley. “Barack Obama,” 2018. Oil on canvas. National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution.

A portrait is a traditional way of commemorating a presidency. But the former president and first lady made a statement by choosing distinctive contemporary artists. This week, Chicago becomes the first city to host The Obama Portraits. Here’s a preview.

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Former President Barack Obama addresses the Economic Club of Chicago, June 4, 2021 (Credit Economic Club of Chicago)

Former President Barack Obama warned Chicago’s business leaders Friday afternoon that American democracy is imperiled by persistent economic inequality and structural racism, and said corporate America has a responsibility to call out voter suppression efforts.

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Design rendering of the Obama Presidential Center. (Courtesy of The Obama Foundation)

Nearly five years after former President Barack Obama picked Jackson Park for his presidential library, Chicago and Illinois leaders celebrated as work finally began to transform the historic South Side park. A formal groundbreaking is expected in the fall.

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Bruce Springsteen, left, appears with former President Barack Obama during their podcast of conversations recorded at Springsteen's home studio in New Jersey. The eight-episode series covers their upbringings, racism, fatherhood and even recall a White House singalong around a piano. (Rob DeMartin / Spotify via AP)

"Renegades: Born in the USA," is an eight-episode series of conversations between the former president and Bruce Springsteen.

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President Barack Obama speaks to thousands of Chicago Public Schools students during a surprise Zoom call Monday, Nov. 23, 2020. (Chicago Public Schools / YouTube)

The country’s 44th president gave all Chicago public high school students digital access to his new book, “A Promised Land,” during a surprise appearance at a virtual assembly on Monday.

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Former President Barack Obama sat for a recent interview with “60 Minutes.” (60 Minutes / Facebook)

On the promotional trail for his new memoir “A Promised Land,” the former president sat down with “60 Minutes” for an interview that aired Sunday.

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Former Mayor Richard M. Daley talks about Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and Joe Biden from our coverage of the 2008 Democratic Convention.

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Former President Barack Obama launched a blistering attack on his successor at Wednesday night’s Democratic National Convention. Obama’s speechwriter talks about that speech and the challenge of writing for a virtual convention.

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In this Aug. 13, 2020, file photo Democratic presidential candidate former Vice President Joe Biden stands left as his running mate Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., speaks at the Hotel DuPont in Wilmington, Del. Democrats insist the GOP's grip on this Deep South state is weakening. (AP Photo / Carolyn Kaster, File)

Barack Obama, the nation’s first Black president, and Hillary Clinton, the first woman nominated for president by a major party, are speaking on Biden’s behalf Tuesday night. And Kamala Harris, the first Black woman on a major party ticket, will deliver highly anticipated remarks.

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Former President Barack Obama, left, and former first lady Michelle Obama appear on stage during a community concert at the Obama Foundation Summit on Nov. 1, 2017, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast, file)

The former United States president is expected to appear on “The Michelle Obama Podcast” on Spotify, the Obama’s Higher Ground and streaming service announced Friday. 

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In this Dec. 12, 2018, file photo former President Barack Obama accepts the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Ripple of Hope Award at a ceremony in New York. (AP Photo / Jason DeCrow, File)

In an online commencement address Saturday, former President Barack Obama told college graduates that the pandemic shows many officials “aren’t even pretending to be in charge.”

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Former President Barack Obama delivers a video message in January 2017 (Courtesy whitehouse.gov); and former Vice President Joe Biden speaks at Northwestern University in Chicago on March 9, 2018. (Evan Garcia / WTTW News)

Former President Barack Obama endorsed Joe Biden for president in a video message Tuesday that delivered a full-throated condemnation of President Donald Trump’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic.

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New Orleans Pelicans forward Zion Williamson grabs a rebound during the first half of the team’s NBA basketball game against the Oklahoma City Thunder in New Orleans, Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020. (AP Photo / Matthew Hinton)

Zion Williamson and Trae Young are used to meeting fans who are typically a bit nervous during those interactions. This was different. This time, they were nervous to meet the fan.