President Obama returns to Chicago Friday to tap big donors

June 1, 2012

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Updated at 3:13 p.m.

President Barack Obama arrives in Chicago Friday to attend three campaign events. He'll spend less than 24 hours in his hometown.

The president was in Chicago on official business just a couple weeks ago, for the NATO Summit. But this trip is all about campaign cash.

The president will arrive at O'Hare Airport late Friday afternoon and head to a gathering at the Chicago Cultural Center. General admission tickets begin at $2,500, with a VIP reception commanding $15,000.

According to an Obama campaign official, the president will then travel to a pair of small dinners at private homes. Each plate is going for $35,800.

Illinois is a reliable fundraising base for Mr. Obama. About 50 of his supporters in the state have collected at least $50,000 in donations for his campaign.

This is the president's third trip to Chicago just this year to raise cash for his re-election bid. He also appeared at fundraisers in January and March.

Mr. Obama is spending Friday night at his home in Chicago's Kenwood neighborhood, according to the White House.

"[The president] told me specifically that he's looking forward to sleeping in his own bed and might even make himself breakfast in the morning," said deputy press secretary Josh Earnest during a media briefing on Friday. "I would anticipate that he’ll see some friends when he’s [in Chicago], but I don’t have any details for you at this point."