According to the house's 2014 listing, the Kalorama mansion was built back in the late 1920s and features three stories, three fireplaces, and stunning hardwood floors throughout the majority of the home. Activities Since Michelle Obama is the one who picked out the family's home, Ellen Degeneres asked the former first lady if Barack Obama was happy with his spaces in the house. What do you need?' Walk a few blocks West along 53rd street and head into Valois Restaurant. What do you want? The bathrooms, too, featured marble tiling and countertops. A meal here won’t break the bank, either, as the most expensive entree on the menu is under $12. It’s a must-see on any visit to the neighborhood. She revealed that she has time for reflection — something that was near impossible during the eight years her husband was president. Get inspired by top travel stories, gain access to exclusive promotions and contests, and discover even more reasons to #EnjoyIllinois. "And it's that quiet moment of me settling into this new life," she poetically stated. Illinois Makers,  You are in… In Tuscola, two sisters inherited their grandfather's candy recipes—and carried ... Springfield’s Capital Bites See the private residence of former President Barack Obama and his family, then spend the day exploring one of Chicago's loveliest neighborhoods. The yard itself provides plenty of entertaining space. A favorite among Chicago kids, Malia and Sasha being no exception, you could spend endless hours (and multiple visits) taking in all that this cultural gem has to offer. Often frequented by the Obama family, this urban stretch of greenery actually starts just South of Grant Park and is best known for its beautiful harbor and 31st Street skateboarding park. Chicago's annual celebration of house music. Inside Barack and Michelle Obama's gorgeous D.C. home, © 2020 According to The Washington Post, it's only about a three-minute walk between the two residences. Visit the many historic sites in Illinois, from the Land of Lincoln, to the site of an ancient Native American city at Cahokia Mounds. We can see why, but, as Michelle told the show's host, Sasha deserves it. However, some rooms did need repurposing. June 08, 2018, Home Stand-outs include the Boeing 727, 40-foot water vapor tornado, and baby chick hatchery. According to The Chicago Tribune, this was a highly unusual move. He continued, "Transferring someone in the middle of high school — tough.". You may not think of a basement as being exciting, but hear us out. Check back here at Enjoy Illinois for all the latest information whenever it's available. Perhaps they chose to repaint the walls or even make major modifications to make the house work better for them. by Amber Holst Enjoy everything from fine dining and wineries, to craft beer and pizza tours. It somehow is both incredibly cozy and impressive all at the same time. The Obamas may have kept the neutral bluish gray walls and crown molding that exude elegance, as well as the thick draperies that provide privacy and block out any unwanted morning light. She's got like a living room area and a bedroom — and she designed it." "She's away at college. Actually, not even close. A less formal sitting room in the home had a full wall of windows and French doors leading out to the backyard. When speaking to Oprah Winfrey about her new life and her book Becoming, the former first lady revealed a few details about the family's house near Capital Hill. Taste your way through the state with our guide to the best and closest places to eat in Illinois. Read Enjoy Illinois magazine online or download the PDF and start exploring trip ideas around Illinois. "They're drawn to elegant, simple things," the family's interior designer for the White House, Michael S. Smith, revealed to Architectural Digest. When speaking with Architectural Digest, Michael S. Smith, the interior designer who the Obamas used for their White House renovation, revealed that he turned the couple's bedroom into a "sanctuary" that was "private, elegant, and calm." After all, she is "the baby." While Rezko's wife paid the full asking price for the land, Obama paid $300,000 under the asking price for the house. It has long been favorite of Barack Obama whose usual order consists of egg whites, turkey sausage, hash browns, wheat toast, and hot tea. She needs that space for her seriously amazing wardrobe. "Sorry," she joked. Nestled along the tree-lined streets of the historic Hyde Park neighborhood is a low-key piece of presidential history: the private residence of Barack Obama and his family. This neighborhood landmark is an all day diner-slash-counter-style cafeteria that offers up a plethora of comfort food. Can't you just imagine Barack Obama grilling up some burgers during a Fourth of July barbecue? One of the coolest features of the Obamas' house is their basement. Food & Beverages. With more than twelve boutique venues throughout the neighborhood playing host to live Jazz performances, it’s a beautifully-curated event that meshes music with a day of exploration. With a quarter-acre property and a nearly 8,500 square-foot home, this is the perfect house for someone who likes to take it easy. The room may not be as large as Sasha's double-room suite, but, as Michelle explained, it's not going to be used all that much since Malia is away at Harvard. No hard feelings, Barack. On The Ellen Degeneres Show, Michelle said that having that door and doorbell has been quite the adjustment — and not just for their family. Although Michelle hasn't revealed just how she redecorated the house since taking ownership in 2017, you can bet it's stunning — especially considering how the Obamas decorated while in the White House. Thankfully, Michelle has good taste in homes. The timeless and powerful Illinois Holocaust Museum promises a journey contrasti... Find unexpected ways to enjoy Illinois in this biannual magazine that explores every corner of the state. Still, you can't always tell from a real estate photo just how quiet the area is — or is not. Another small sitting area featured enough seating for at least five people and overlooked the expansive outdoor space. After renting a home that once belonged to former President Bill CIinton's press secretary Joe Lockhart, the Obamas paid $8.1 million to become the proud owners of the property, which is located in the upscale Kalorama neighborhood. This year’s event will take place Sept. 29-30, 2018. The kitchen was modernized with stunning countertops and great appliances.