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A day after the former first lady Michelle Obama appeared before a sold-out crowd at the United Center, the Obama Foundation announced that her husband would be in town for the organization's second International Summit starting Sunday.

Former President Barack Obama will be a highlighted guest and possible speaker at the event, which is held in the South Loop. For his first one-on-one interview in his hometown since he left office, Obama will sit in conversation with David Axelrod and tape a podcast before a selected group of University of Chicago students shortly after the event.

The foundation's summit is a gathering of community organizers and social justice workers. At the event, they discuss their ideas, strategies and techniques and meet with others who are working to change their communities.

The theme for this year's conference is "Common Hope, Uncommon Stories," foundation officials said in a released statement.

Last year, the foundation brought more than 500 people from across the world to the South Side for its summit.

The event was a way to showcase how the foundation could leverage its name and connections to bring people like Prince Harry of Wales; the artists Theaster Gates and Thelma Golden; the prison activist Bryan Stevenson and others to the South Side.

This year's event will start on Sunday night and end on Monday night.

Besides the former president, there will be appearances by singer and actress Janelle Monae; Olympic fencer Ibtihaj Muhammad; author Dave Eggers and historian Tara Westover. The foundation will also pull in many of the people they have selected as fellows, scholars and some of the voices they have highlighted elsewhere.

This year's summit comes weeks after the Chicago City Council approved legislation that outlines how the foundation will be able to use the Obama Presidential Center once its built in Jackson Park. Now that that hurdle is passed, the foundation still has to complete a federal review process before it can break ground.


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