The Gary Comer Youth Center is a state-of-the-art educational facility located on Chicago's south side. We've had the pleasure of working with the Youth Center over the last few years, and back in 2011 we installed InformaCast, an intricate emergency broadcast solution for their entire campus. You can imagine the excitement when none other than Michelle Obama announced she would be making a stop at the Youth Center in May, while she is visiting Chicago as part of the NATO reconnaissance mission.
According to Chicago's ABC7 News, Michelle Obama will have a lunch at the center for the spouses of NATO members and partners during the summit. No doubt, the special summit event will include some food prepared by students in the center's culinary program and produce grown by students in their gardens.
"I'm really excited because she does a lot of good things with children, and since she came from the South Side she gets to see what we do," said Gary Comer Youth Center student Mariah Duncan.
Given Mrs. Obama's connection to children and the programs she supports, its no surprise that she would visit her old neighborhood and the deeply rooted Gary Comer Youth Center. The building supports a roof garden where students of a culinary-arts class grow fresh vegetables. A cheery exterior welcomes school children while providing a secure haven in a neighborhood known for urban blight and a high crime rate. Inside, a bright gymnasium provides practice space for the renowned South Shore Drill Team and converts to an auditorium that hosts, among other things, some of the drill team’s local performances. A dance room, cafeteria, computer lab, recording studio, and homework areas round out the award-winning multi-use structure. The building, designed by architect John Ronan, has become a center of community as well as one of Chicago’s architectural masterpieces.