President Barack Obama dined Wednesday night back home in Chicago at RPM Steak on Kinzie, joined by Chicago pals including Marty Nesbitt, the chair of the Obama Foundation, which is currently seeking detailed bids from four schools competing to host the Obama Presidential Library and Museum.
Also in the dinner party: friend and White House senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, who flew out on Air Force One with the president.
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Air Force One landed at the Gary/Chicago airport on Wednesday night. The president took a short helicopter flight from the Indiana airport near the Illinois border to a landing area near Soldier Field.
On Thursday, Obama will headlinea fundraiser for Gov. Pat Quinn and then delivera speech at Northwestern University.
Greeting the president at the Gary airport were Gary Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson and U.S. Sen. Joe Donnelly, D-Ind.