Officials at the Obama Foundation, which is overseeing the design and construction of the library, declined to comment on the decision. A formal announcement will come out in the next several days, the person added.
City officials are hoping the library, which will not open for several years, will spur revitalization in a region that remains beset by poverty and gun violence. While Jackson Park, just east of the University of Chicago campus, faces economic challenges, it is not as impoverished as Washington Park and lies closer to a neighborhood in economic transition.
In June the Obama Foundation announced that Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects will design the library, museum and office space.