The skyline, as seen Thursday, April 17, 2014, from "Inspiration Point," the spot at about East 86th and Lake Michigan, former home to U.S. Steel South Works, where McCaffery Interests would like the Obama presidential library to be built. | Sun-Times photo by Neil Steinberg
It could almost be a lonely spot on the far Michigan shore, with the blue-gray lake and the brown grass, scattered copses, bare trees swaying in the steady breeze. The dunes maybe. But north, there’s the skyline of Chicago, looming like Oz, and west, a massive wall, 30 feet tall and 2,000 feet long, which held ore off-loaded from barges when this was U.S. Steel’s South Works. For developer Dan McCaffery, this is where Chicago’s newest neighborhood is about to spring into being, anchored by Barack Obama’s presidential library.