Chicago's plaque to a kiss
A photo illustration shows the former Baskin Robbins where President Obama and his wife Michelle Obama had their first date.
August 16th, 2012
03:49 PM ET
2 years ago

Chicago's plaque to a kiss

(CNN) – Chicago's tourist landmarks – Navy Pier, the Sears (now Willis) Tower, Wrigley Field – have some new competition: the Baskin-Robbins at Dorchester and 53rd Street.

That's where President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama went for their first date in 1989, as he described in a 2007 interview with O Magazine: ""On our first date, I treated her to the finest ice cream Baskin-Robbins had to offer, our dinner table doubling as the curb. I kissed her, and it tasted like chocolate."

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That quote is inscribed on a new plaque outside the building where they met – no longer a Baskin-Robbins but a Subway sandwich shop, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The plaque sits atop a granite boulder, according to the Tribune, and was commissioned by the owners of the shopping mall where the Obamas went on that first date.

"It's a marker for the community, for posterity and tourism, too," a spokeswoman for the management company responsible for the mall told the Chicago newspaper.

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Filed under: 2012 • Michelle Obama • President Obama
soundoff (8 Responses)
  1. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The rallying cry of the right wingnuts should be, "Mittens are sock puppets too, my friends."

    August 16, 2012 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  2. Pamela Hobbs

    Plaque, Barack & Michelle's first kiss.
    I wonder how many Chicago tax payers realize its there tax dollars paid for that. After Obama is out, they'll build. Library in his name, but this library will be a lot different than our American Presidents libraries, Obama's library will have a pray room with foot bathes and prayers rugs for sale. And I'm sure a fine display for his Quran.

    August 16, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  3. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Pamela – Glenn Beck told you that, you believe him, and he is nuts.

    August 16, 2012 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Woman In California

    Such a wonderful, intelligent couple. They really compliment each other and are great role models. I am looking forward to four more years.

    August 16, 2012 04:27 pm at 4:27 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Russia commie Ayn Rand sympathizer running for VP on the GOP ticket, is what republicans are all about: more wars, tax cuts for the wealthy, anti abortion, and vouchers for seniors.

    August 16, 2012 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  6. cj1

    Lets see, GOP is not for tax cuts for the wealthy this time around, but for the middle class.They are not ant-abortion, just believe that tax payers shouldnt have to flip the bill and wars are just a way of life. Wow, someone needs to get their facts straight

    August 16, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  7. myviewis

    Hopefully this plaque will attrack tourists and prosperity, their unemployment went up in July to 8.9% from June 8.7%. Anything to help this economy move and make money.

    August 16, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  8. WiredWeirdinSF

    The real monument in Chicago should be the bloodstained streets and sidewalks that the democrat liberal machine working with the corrupt union bosses has created in that fine city, I see all of the dope addicts are still spouting their hatred and showing their ignorance here. LOSERS.

    August 16, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |