First Family starts weekend at Chicago home with a stroll
President Barack Obama walks beside daughter Sasha as First Lady Michelle Obama walks beside daughter Malia while exiting Air Force One following their arrival at O'Hare International Airport. (Chris Sweda, Chicago Tribune / June 15, 2012)
On Saturday they are expected to attend the wedding of the daughter of their friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett.
Obama, his wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 11, are here for their first trip to the city as a foursome in two years.
While the White House is not officially confirming any public schedule for the First Family, it is believed they will be there when Laura Jarrett marries fellow Harvard Law grad Tony Balkissoon at Valerie Jarrett's nearby home.
The Obamas will stay until Sunday, when the president heads to Los Cabos, Mexico, for the G-20 summit and the First Lady goes west to deliver an afternoon commencement address at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where brother Craig Robinson is the men's basketball coach.
After Air Force One landed at O'Hare at 6:49 p.m. the First Family helicoptered on Marine One to a park east of Lake Shore Drive near Oakwood Boulevard.
The president and Michelle appeared to pause to look across the lake toward the downtown skyline as they got off the helicopter.
With Lake Michigan shimmering placidly in the background just a few feet away -- and police boats cruising just off shore -- they got into vehicles, and the motorcade went southbound on Lake Shore Drive toward the family's Kenwood neighborhood home.
Onlookers lined the motorcade route, waving and taking pictures.
One lady held a sign that said "welcome home," and a another waved an American flag.
On the windshield of a Chevy parked in a driveway near the Obama home, somebody stuck a sign that reads "Thank you for saving GM!"
The Obamas got home about 7:40 p.m., but a little while later walked a few blocks from their house to the home of their friends, the Martin Nesbitt family.
Traffic restrictions are expected around the president's home in Kenwood, as well as temporary closures wherever the presidential motorcade travels.
Chicago Tribune reporter Katherine Skiba and White House pool reports contributed.