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President Obama Chicago Fundraisers: Barack Obama To Return To Chicago Friday

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In this May 21, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks at a news conference in Chicago. President Barack Obama and his party are redoubling their fundraising efforts. They're doing it in the wake of robust hauls by rival Mitt Romney and a slew of GOP-leaning super PACs that are raking in cash from Republicans highly motivated to topple the Democrat. (AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File) | AP

Just two weeks after he was back in Chicago to host world leaders at the NATO summit, President Barack Obama is due to return to his hometown for a trio of fundraisers beginning Friday.

Obama will first speak at Friday event before about 350 guests at the Chicago Cultural Center downtown beginning at 6 p.m., CBS Chicago reports. Tickets to the event reportedly went for at least $2,500 apiece.

Obama will also appear at two separate dinners at private residences, where tickets cost $35,800-per-plate, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The events will benefit the Obama Victory Fund, which is a joint re-election fundraising effort between Obama For American, the Democratic National Committee and state Democratic groups, NBC Chicago reports.

The president is slated to leave Chicago Saturday afternoon.

When the president was last in town, he praised Chicago officials and residents for their handling of the important summit and said the city "proved that this world-class city knows how to put on a world-class event."

Meanwhile, Michelle Obama has had a busy week of press appearances related to the release of her new cookbook. She was interviewed by Jon Stewart Tuesday on Comedy Central's "The Daily Show."

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