President Barack Obama reads from his book Of Thee I Sing to second-graders at Long Branch Elementary School in Arlington, Va., Dec. 17, 2010.
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For months there has been speculation that three places—New York, Chicago and Hawaii—were the front-runners to land the Barack Obama Presidential Library and Museum, and now there appears to be a clear winner.

According to the Chicago Tribune, the president’s birthplace (Hawaii) and New York (where the president earned his undergraduate degree) were both close to the commander in chief’s heart, but in the end they couldn’t hold a candle to his adopted home: Chicago.

The home of the deep dish will now also be the home of the president’s new library, according to the Tribune. While there has been no official word from the White House, according to sources who spoke with the Tribune, the deal is done and the only thing left to decide is where on the South Side should the library be built: Washington Park or Jackson Park.

Although the library will be located in Chicago, the Tribune reports that Obama will most likely run his Barack Obama Foundation out of New York City.


The Tribune reports that the sad news has already been broken to officials in Hawaii. Although they aren't getting the library, according to the newspaper, they will “instead be allowed to build a project that represents the state’s ties with the president.”

Read more at the Chicago Tribune.