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Former President Barack Obama, left, and former first lady Michelle Obama toss shovels of dirt during a groundbreaking ceremony for the Obama Presidential Center Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021, in Chicago. (AP Photo / Charles Rex Arbogast)

After five years of legal battles, gentrification concerns and a federal review, Barack and Michelle Obama dug shovels into the ground Tuesday during a celebratory groundbreaking on their legacy project in Jackson Park.

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In this May 3, 2017 file photo, former President Barack Obama points as he arrives at a community event on the Presidential Center at the South Shore Cultural Center in Chicago. (AP Photo / Nam Y. Huh)

“Michelle and I could not be more excited to break ground on the Obama Presidential Center in the community that we love,” the former president says, seated beside his wife, in a video announcement shared first with The Associated Press.

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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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In this May 11, 2019, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama speaks during an appearance in Atlanta. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta / Invision /AP, File)

Michelle Obama is knitting and thinking about retiring from public life. The former first lady says in a new People magazine interview that she picked up knitting needles to pass time during the coronavirus pandemic. And now she’s hooked.

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Michelle Obama, right, appears with Oprah Winfrey to discusses her book “Becoming” during her book tour in Chicago on Nov. 14, 2018. (Photo by Rob Grabowski / Invision / AP, File)

The young readers edition is for ages 10 and up and includes a new introduction from Michelle Obama.

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A still image from former first lady Michelle Obama’s speech for the Democratic National Convention.

A preview of Michelle Obama’s keynote speech and more in this special edition of our weekly roundtable as the convention gets underway.

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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. 9, 2019, file photo, former first lady Michelle Obama listens to female students at the Can Giuoc high school in Long An province, Vietnam.  (AP Photo / Hau Dinh, File)

The film, described as “an intimate look into the life of former first lady Michelle Obama” chronicles her 34-city book tour in 2018-2019 for her best-selling memoir “Becoming.” 

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Michelle Obama discusses life in the White House at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 as part of her “Becoming” book tour. (WTTW News)

The former first lady’s 2020 workout playlist includes hits by Beyonce, Lizzo, Childish Gambino, Frank Ocean, BJ the Chicago Kid and more. Get the full list.

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Michelle Obama discusses life in the White House at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018 as part of her “Becoming” book tour.

Two of Chicago’s most famous women sit down for an intimate chat. What Michelle Obama told Oprah Winfrey – and 18,000 of her closest friends – to kick off her book tour.

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Michelle Obama, right, discusses her new book with Oprah Winfrey during an intimate conversation to promote “Becoming” at the United Center on Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018. (Photo by Rob Grabowski / Invision / AP)

Oprah Winfrey joined Michelle Obama on Tuesday night at the United Center, home of the Chicago Bulls and Blackhawks, as she begins the tour touting the already best-selling “Becoming.” Here’s what to know about the tome and the tour.

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Former first lady Michelle Obama opens up about her family’s fertility struggles in her new book “Becoming.” We ask a local doctor about the myths and facts of infertility.

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In this March 13, 2018, file photo, actress Oprah Winfrey poses for photographers upon arrival at the premiere of the film “A Wrinkle In Time” in London. (Photo by Joel C Ryan / Invision / AP File Photo)

Michelle Obama's "Becoming," already expected to sell millions of copies, now has the official backing of Oprah Winfrey. Obama’s book tour begins Tuesday at the United Center, with Winfrey serving as moderator.

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In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day of the Girl on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP, File)

In her memoir, “Becoming,” Michelle Obama says she felt “lost and alone” after suffering a miscarriage and underwent in vitro fertilization to conceive her daughters. Her tour begins Nov. 13 at the United Center. 

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In this Oct. 11, 2018 file photo, Michelle Obama participates in the International Day of the Girl on NBC’s “Today” show in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes / Invision / AP, File)

Michelle Obama’s memoir “Becoming” comes out Nov. 13 and her tour begins that night at Chicago’s United Center, with Oprah Winfrey serving as moderator.

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A Chicago artist is seeking some community help to fund his latest project at Bouchet Elementary Math and Science Academy in the South Shore neighborhood.