U.S. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama exit Marine One after returning to the South Lawn of the White House following a day trip to Ohio and Virginia on May 5, 2012 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Martin H. Simon-Pool/Getty Images)
President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama will make their way to Chicago the day before the NATO Summit begins, the White House confirmed.
The Obamas arrive Saturday along with a host of world leaders scheduled to fly into O'Hare International Airport. Arrivals are scheduled to continue into Sunday morning.
In a statement, the White House said President Obama "looks forward to welcoming leaders from NATO member and partner nations to his hometown to discuss the next major phase of transition in Afghanistan, agree to further steps to ensure NATO has the capabilities necessary to meet the challenges of the 21st century, and further broaden and deepen its relationships with non-NATO partners."
Meanwhile leaders from the world's most powerful countries began arriving Thursday in the nation's capital for the G-8 Summit.
Obama will host them Saturday at Camp David before hosting the larger group of diplomats at McCormick Place in Chicago.
The G-8 originally was supposed to be in Chicago, but Obama said he wanted a more intimate setting and moved the meeting.