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Obama Returns To Chicago For 2012 Fundraisers, Concert (PHOTOS)


First Posted: 01/11/12 09:34 AM ET Updated: 01/11/12 09:37 AM ET

President Barack Obama is returning to his hometown of Chicago Wednesday afternoon to raise some campaign cash -- one day after Mitt Romney won the New Hampshire Republican primary.

Obama will head to the Windy City after hosting an "Insourcing American Jobs" forum with Vice President Joe Biden.

Before a Wednesday night concert headlined by actor Hill Harper and R&B singer Janelle Monae, Obama will speak at at the University of Illinois-Chicago speak to more than 500 supporters. Tickets to the concert start at $44--possibly a nod to the "Gen 44" campaign team that organized the event-- and go up to $1,000 for VIP access.

Later Wednesday evening, media mogul Fred Eychaner is hosting a $35,800-per-couple private dinner for the President at his North Side home, NBC Chicago reports. A private reception is also scheduled at the Hyde Park home of Evonne and Stuart Taylor that evening, with ticket prices ranging between $7,000 and $20,000.

Obama's campaign has hauled in more than $150 million through September, but Democrats say they will need to compete with Republican-leaning outside groups that can raise and spend unlimited amounts of money to back specific candidates.

The Chicago Sun-Times reports that White House chief of staff Bill Daley, who recently resigned, will join the president on his brief Chicago trip.

Check out photos from Obama's summer trip to Chicago here:

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A group of people watch as US President Barack Obama walks past to board Marine One on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, on August 3, 2011 en route to Chicago. Obama urged Congress Wednesday to break its vacation to end a row that has shut airport construction and halted tax payments by airlines, which could cost a billion dollars. AFP Photo/Jewel Samad (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)
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