President in Chicago for fundraisers

ElectionsPoliticsBarack ObamaKenwoodMillennium ParkBridgeport (Chicago, Illinois)Valerie Jarrett

President Barack Obama arrived in Chicago this afternoon and is spending the night at home before a schedule of fundraising events set for Sunday.

Air Force One landed at O'Hare a little after 2:15 p.m. and by about 2:35 p.m. the president was being flown by helicopter on his way downtown. He stopped off at his campaign headquarters near Millennium Park for a regular meeting with his campaign staff, according to pool reports.

The president left his campaign headquarters after almost three hours and took a short motorcade ride through the city.

He had dinner with friends at Piccolo Sogno Due restaurant in the River North neighborhood. The press pool was not informed of who was dining with Obama.

The president left the restaurant at 8:25 p.m. and his motorcade drove down Lake Shore Drive back to his Kenwood neighborhood.

A few people stood on the streets near the president's house. One group of people had a banner wishing him a belated happy birthday and one girl shouted "Happy Birthday" at the top of her voice as he passed.

Obama arrived back in his neighborhood at about 8:40 p.m. Valerie Jarrett was spotted walking past the press vans, possibly to her own home a few blocks away. By 9 p.m. a "lid" was called for the press pool, meaning the president was in his home for the night.

The president will take part in various events in town on Sunday, including two small gatherings that cost $40,000 per ticket, according to general information provide by his campaign.

First, Obama will attend a small roundtable in downtown Chicago where tickets cost $40,000 per person, followed by a Gen44 reception with approximately 850 people at the Bridgeport Arts Center.

Tickets for that event start at $51 per person, the campaign said.

Following the Gen44 event, Obama will deliver remarks at a fundraiser at his Kenwood home where tickets again cost $40,000 per person.

In the evening, the president will deliver remarks at a private home in Chicago where tickets cost $5,000 per person, and then take part in another $1,000 per person event at a private home.
 
Proceeds from Sunday’s events will go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties, according to his campaign.

The president's family is not with him in Chicago. The first lady is attending events in Colorado and their two daughters were attending summer camp.

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