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Obama to hold first public event since leaving office

Former President Obama is set to return to Chicago on Monday for what will be his first public event since leaving the White House.

Obama is to discuss civic engagement and community organizing at the University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts, his office announced Friday.

Hundreds of people are expected to attend, chosen from area universities that were given tickets for distribution, said Kevin Lewis, a spokesman for the former president. About six young people will appear on stage with him for the discussion, Lewis said.

The event will be a homecoming for Obama on multiple levels. He formerly taught constitutional law at the university, and his family has a home nearby.

It also lets the former president, who came to Chicago to work as a young community organizer, fulfill one of the commitments he set out for his post-presidential years: to engage and work with the country's next generation of leaders, Lewis said.

Former First Lady Michelle Obama is not expected to accompany her husband on the trip, Lewis said.

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