Teach your kids a little bit about
history in the making by tracing the hometown roots of President
Barack Obama. From his home near Hyde Park to the barbershop that
celebrates its connection with Obama, it's easy to take a tour of
our president's neighborhood.
One of your first stops should be
Obama's home, located at the corner of Greenwood and 52nd Street,
says Hazel Domangue, a Chicago greeter who leads tour groups
through the Hyde Park area, which includes stops at many Obama
Because the Secret Service has blocked
off the home with barricades, you can't get too close. But you can
get a good view from across the street. Just seeing the Secret
Service up close is exciting for some kids.
Next, head to 53rd and Blackstone to
see the barbershop made famous by Obama. Hyde Park Hair Salon, 5324
S. Blackstone, has Obama's chair encased in glass near the doorway
and the staff is always happy to have visitors check it out,
If you're hungry, take the kids to
Capri, a pizza place at 5307 S. Harper Ave. (near 53rd and Harper),
or Valois, 1518 E. 53rd St. (53rd Street between Lake Park and
Harper). Both restaurants are places where Obama and his family
eat. For dessert, visit the Baskin Robbins at 1400 E. 53rd (53rd
and Dorchester), where the Obamas shared their first kiss.
If the kids are up for more touring,
walk or drive past Shoesmith Elementary School, at 1220 E. 50th
St., where Obama voted for himself in the recent election or take a
peek inside 57th Street Books, 1301 E. 57th St., where Obama held
the launch parties for his books.
Before your trip, visit
www.explorechicago.org (click on the neighborhoods tab) or www.choosechicago.com/Barack_Obama
for other Obama hotspots. Also, younger kids may enjoy the book,
It's Me, Zenin! President Barack Obama's Kid
Neighbor(Amazon.com, $15.95). Written by
Zenin Miller and his mother, it's a kid's-eye view of Obama's
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