With the Willis Tower visible in the distance against a backdrop of clear blue sky, President Barack Obama set off for Mexico on Sunday aboard Air Force One at the conclusion of a weekend spent in his hometown with family and friends.
The president arrived atO'Hare International Airportvia helicopter about 6:30 p.m. Sunday and waved to members of the press corps before boarding his plane.
It was the first time in two years that the Obamas visited Chicago as a family, staying at their Kenwood home, and the president spent most his time out of public view.
On Saturday, Obama, wife Michelle and daughters Malia, 13, and Sasha, 11, made the short jaunt to the home of friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett for the wedding of her daughter. Laura Jarrett married fellow Harvard Law grad Tony Balkissoon.
On Sunday, the president spent part ofFather's Dayplaying golf, his motorcade whisking him to a course on the city's Far Southwest Side.
Dantrell Dixon, 19, and several friends were perched on a curb in the parking lot of the Dan Ryan Woods at the northeast corner of 87th Street and Western Avenue. They had been collecting donations from motorists for a youth baseball team Sunday afternoon when police cleared the street for the presidential motorcade. Dixon was waiting in hopes of catching a glimpse of Obama.
"I saw about 15 black cars go by. I figured it had something to do with the president," Dixon said. "I want to see which car he's in; I want to see his face."
Down the street at Beverly Country Club, theFather's Daycrowd was also craning for a sight of the commander in chief.
Rudy Banducci, who also played golf at the country club Sunday, described Obama as "all over the place" — a reference to his golf swing, not his politics.
"He is skinnier than he looks on TV," Banducci said as he loaded his clubs into the trunk of his car.
Onlookers crowded around a second-floor dining room window, cameras at the ready, while security officials swept the club's parking lots.
The president's visit appeared to go smoothly from a security standpoint. On Saturday, there were two reported incidents when an F-15 fighter jet had to escort private planes out of temporarily restricted Chicago airspace.
The Obama family arrived in Chicago on Friday together but left separately Sunday. The president traveled to Los Cabos, Mexico, for the G-20summit. Michelle Obama departed earlier in the day to give an afternoon commencement at Oregon State University in Corvallis, where brother Craig Robinson is the men's basketball coach.