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

Obama Returning To Chicago For Concert, Fundraises

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.

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:

A group of people watch as US President

President Obama's Chicago Birthday Bash(CLONED)

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