President Obama arrives in Chicago on Air Force One

President Barack Obama visits Chicago weeks before the election

By Christen Gall

President Barack Obama visited Chicago over the Oct. 7-9 weekend in what could be his last visit before the general election on Nov. 8. After being greeted by Chicago mayor Rahm Emanuel, Obama voted downtown, attended campaign events for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Illinois senate candidate Tammy Duckworth and spoke at the Stony Island Arts Bank near his home in Hyde Park.

The Obamas have decided to stay in Washington, D.C. after the end of the president’s second term. The president and first lady met in Chicago, and Obama started his political career from the city’s South Side. Obama’s mark will be left in Chicago in a visible way through the city’s first presidential library in Jackson Park, near the University of Chicago.

President Obama arrives in Chicago on Air Force One to campaign for Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and Illinois senate candidate Tammy Duckworth on Oct. 7, 2016. (Christen Gall/ MEDILL)