The Obama Presidential Library is not just for Chicago. Or Illinois. Or the United States. Tourism to Chicago will change drastically as scholars and those wishing to honour Obama's legacy visit your city. I've been to Chicago (from Minneapolis) three times.
I wish I could visit more, I love Lincoln Zoo.
The Obama Presidential Library may very well be one of my next destinations; that's how little I travel. There will be up-front costs for roads and transit, signage, staff, and neighborhood improvements; and people will object on political grounds, but this project is for the entire world. Twenty-eight sister cities are getting this library, too. Find international corporate sponsors to support travel costs for youth student exchange programs to study at the Obama Library. This library is going to change the face of Chicago.