People line up to visit the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington March 29, 2016. REUTERS/Gary Cameron

 

President Obama will travel to Chicago Thursday to deliver an address on the pending vacancy on the Supreme Court.

Obama will give the speech at the University of Chicago law school, where he was a professor before entering politics.

The trip was announced Friday by presidential counselor Brian Deese, who is handling the Supreme Court vacancy for the White House, at a Politico-sponsored breakfast event in Washington.

Also adding to the significance of the venue is that Merrick B. Garland, Obama’s nominee to replace the late Justice Antonin Scania, was raised in a Chicago suburb.

Asked by Politico’s Mike Allen if Obama would put “his law professor hat” on, Deese said, “We tend to keep hats off of his head.”

“This is part of his desire to continue speaking to the American people about this issue,” Deese said. “He’s committed to making the case that the Supreme Court needs to stay above politics.”

Last week, Vice President Biden gave a law-school address of his own on the topic, calling on his experience as a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee at Georgetown Law Center to urge Republican senators to hold hearings and a vote on Garland’s nomination action.