CHICAGO -- The president is here in Chicago by himself this weekend. Obama says the First Lady is enjoying a girls’ weekend with their daughters at Camp David.
Air Force One touched down just after noon at O'Hare, and President Obama was greeted by Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Congressman Mike Quigley as he departed the plane.
First Obama was off to a private luncheon fundraiser at the home of mega-donor Fred Eychaner on West Wrightwood in Lincoln Park, where Secret Service and Chicago police blocked off the street.
A group of teachers from St. Clement School waited outside on their lunch break for a glimpse of the president.
Inside the fundraiser about 50 people paid between $10,000 and $66,000 a plate to attend the event, raising money for the campaigns of House democratic contenders.
Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, Sen. Dick Durbin, and candidate for Cook County state's attorney Kim Foxx were among the attendees.
After the event, the motorcade rolled out and a few teachers say they saw the president wave at them.
“It was a friendly wave to us he appreciated we wanted to stand outside it was great,” one of the teachers said.
President Obama then moved to 69 West Washington, where he took advantage of early voting, casting his ballot inside the cook county election commission building.
From there, he attended another private DNC roundtable event at a home on North Astor in the Gold Coast neighborhood.
Obama is raising money for Hillary Clinton's campaign, as well Democrats running in House and Senate races, while he's in Chicago. There has been talk today that the president may attend the Cubs game either tonight or tomorrow. That has not been confirmed, but you could imagine the security detail there.
On Sunday, the president will attend a fundraiser for Representative Tammy Duckworth's Senate race on Sunday at the Stony Island Arts Bank.