Photo Essay: Hyde Park Welcomes Obama Back

President Obama stopped by Valois restaurant for an interview with Lester Holt from NBC news on January 10th, shortly before his farewell address. The Hyde Park community lined the street in expectation.

By Feng Ye, Giovanna DeCastro, and Yao Xen Tan

Yao Xen Tan / The Chicago Maroon

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January 11, 2017

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UChicago students wait outside Valois early on Tuesday in hopes of seeing Obama.

Giovanna DeCastro / The Chicago Maroon
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Chicago Police officers shut down 53rd street in preparation for Obama’s arrival at local Hyde Park favorite Valois.

Giovanna DeCastro / The Chicago Maroon
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Secret Service and other White House staff enjoy lunch at Valois before Obama arrives for his interview.

Giovanna DeCastro / The Chicago Maroon
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A Hyde Park resident sings a song for Obama after telling a Secret Service agent that he would ‘Bow down to [Obama’s] feet and kiss his feet.’”

Giovanna DeCastro / The Chicago Maroon
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Students gather in the hope of seeing Obama.

Yao Xen Tan / The Chicago Maroon
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Media stations broadcast about Obama's return to Hyde Park.

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Hyde Park residents and UChicago students cheer on as hometown President Obama finally arrives at Valois.

Yao Xen Tan / The Chicago Maroon
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Feng Ye / The Chicago Maroon
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Members of the public continue to wait outside Valois while Obama’s interview with Lester Holt takes place.

Yao Xen Tan / The Chicago Maroon