1:25 AM EDT, June 17, 2012
The first family walked over to a wedding in their hometown neighborhood tonight.President Barack 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 never confirmed why the Obamas were visiting their hometown, it was widely expected they were here to attend the wedding of the daughter of their friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett at Jarrett's nearby home.
Laura Jarrett is marrying fellow Harvard Law grad Tony Balkissoon.
About 6 p.m. the Obamas made the one-block north from their house to the Jarrett home for the wedding. They returned home after midnight.
The president was wearing a tan suit, while the first lady was wearing a sleeveless shimmering green top with a white or cream pleated skirt.
Sasha wore a green dress and Malia a yellow dress. Michelle Obama's mother, Marian Robinson, was in a black and white patterned short sleeve dress or skirt-and-top combo.
Guests spotted from afar by the media pool included Attorney General Eric Holder, Clinton administration adviser Vernon Jordan and John Rogers Jr., Obama bundler and CEO of Ariel Investments.
The media pool was kept nearly a block away and only had a glimpse of the first family.
As the president and his family were getting ready today, a NORAD jet scrambled twice to escort private planes that wandered into temporarily restricted Chicago airspace.
While a North American Aerospace Defense Command spokesman would not confirm directly that the temporary restriction was related to the president's family being in residence at their Kenwood neighborhood home this weekend, he said an F-15 fighter first intercepted a general aviation aircraft in the vicinity of Chicago at about 10:30 a.m.
The fighter responded to a temporary flight restriction violation by a small, single-engine aircraft, and escorted it out of the restricted area without further incident, he said.
The small plane was not forced to land and he didn't know where it was headed.
A second similar incident happened about 4:30 p.m. when an F-15 escorted a Cessna 172 small plane out of the restricted airspace without problems.
That pilot was instructed to contact the FAA after landing the plane at its destination.
The NORAD spokesman declined to provide any other information, saying any details would have to come from the FAA.
A representative for the Federal Aviation Administration was not immediately available.
Traffic restrictions are expected around the president's home in Kenwood, as well as temporary closures wherever the presidential motorcade travels.
The president and his family flew into Chicago Friday evening and walked a few blocks from their Kenwood house to the home of their friends, the Martin Nesbitt family.
After a few hours they then were driven back and spent the night in their 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.
Chicago Tribune reporter Katherine Skiba and White House pool reports contributed.
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