CHICAGO—Three fundraisers. $2 million. All in under 24 hours.
That was President Obama's quick trip to his hometown of Chicago.
The President left O'Hare Airport aboard Air Force One for the White House at 11:45 a.m. Friday.
He arrived at O'Hare just after 5 p.m. on Thursday. He greeted supporters and signed autographs before boarding Marine One.
His first stop was at the restaurant N9NE. About a hundred people paid $5000 dollars a ticket. The audience included many of Chicago's leaders including Mayor Daley, Lisa Madigan, Toni Preckwinkle and mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel, who introduced the president.,
Obama spoke for about 20 minutes. He started off by praising Chicagoans for electing his former chief of staff.
Obama's motorcade arrived at his next stop, the restaurant "mk," where more than 200 people paid $35,000 dollars a ticket.
Security was tight and many streets around the restaurant were closed.
Meanwhile, hundreds of his supporters made their way to Navy Pier for the main event, hosted by Gen-44, a group of young Obama supporters.
Bulls star Derrick Rose and Cubs legend Ernie Banks were among the supporters in attendance. The president is hoping to reignite the youth vote that helped him win the election in 2008.
"I wanted to make sure that our campaign was rooted in your hopes, and rooted in your dearms. I wanted to make sure we're putting the campaign in your hands," said Obama.
About two dozen anti-war protesters were in front of Navy Pier hoping to get their message across.
He and first lady Michelle Obama will make another trip back to the Windy City at the end of the month as well.
They plan to conduct an interview with Oprah for her last season.
The taping will take place on April 27.
That show will air on May 2.