Obama Returns to Chicago Friday for Fundraisers

Chicago visit begins with a reception at the Chicago Cultural Center

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    Fundraising is the focus of President Barack Obama's Friday return to Chicago, a switch from the NATO Summit he hosted here two weekends ago.

    Obama begins his overnight hometown stay at a fundraising reception with about 350 attendees at the Chicago Cultural Center, according to campaign officials. Tickets start at $2,500.

    One fundraising dinner will be held at the private residence of Jim and Paula Crown. Another is scheduled at the home of Tracey and Chaka Patterson.

    Tickets to each event cost $35,800 per person. About 115 people are expected at the pair of events, but not all will pay the full price.

    Proceeds from the events go to the Obama Victory Fund, a joint fundraising committee of Obama for America, the Democratic National Committee and several state Democratic parties, a campaign official said.

    The president is expected to leave Chicago Saturday afternoon.