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Trump Hosts Big-Ticket Fundraiser Tuesday in Chicago

Donald Trump last visited Chicago in the lead-up to the March 15 primary when he canceled a rally at the UIC Pavilion

Donald Trump is expected to raise more than $1 million in campaign fundraising at an invite-only event at Chicago's Trump Tower Tuesday. NBC 5's Lauren Petty reports. (Published Tuesday, July 12, 2016)

Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump will host a big-ticket fundraiser Tuesday in Chicago, his first campaign trip to the city since his canceled rally at the UIC Pavilion in March erupted in protests and fights, sources confirmed.

Though invitations for the lunch fundraiser do not list the location of the event, at least one GOP source said it is expected to take place at Trump Tower. 

Tickets for the event range from $10,000 to $100,000, according to Lynn Sweet of the Chicago Sun-Times

Donors making a $10,000 donation to Trump’s campaign will receive a ticket for Tuesday’s lunch, while a $25,000 donation yields two tickets and a photo opportunity. The biggest ticket, $100,000, gets donors access to a VIP roundtable, photo opportunity and two tickets to the lunch.

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Trump last visited Chicago in the lead-up to the March 15 primary. The divisive billionaire cancelled a rally at the last minute after protesters and supporters clashed at the UIC Pavilion, where the event was scheduled to take place. Nevertheless, Trump won the state’s Republican primary with nearly 39 percent of the vote.

Trump’s campaign was short on details about Tuesday’s event, only noting that it was "closed to the press."

The event is being hosted by Trump Victory Illinois finance chairman Ron Gidwitz, a powerful GOP fundraiser in Illinois. According to the Chicago Tribune, Trump is set to collect over $1 million in campaign funding from the event.

From Chicago, Trump heads to Indianapolis, raising speculation that he may announce Indiana Gov. Mike Pence as his running mate. Pence, who is on the short list of potential VP picks for Trump, met with the presumptive Republican presidential candidate over the fourth of July holiday weekend. Trump tweeted on Monday that he was "very impressed" by the Indiana governor, who at one time had his own presidential ambitions.

Trump's opponent, presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, will host her own big-ticket fundraiser Wednesday in Wilmette. The fundraiser will be hosted by Cubs co-owner Laura Ricketts and her wife, Brooke.

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