April 14th, 2011
10:03 AM ET
By CNN's Paul Steinhauser and Jessica Yellen
Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama heads to his hometown Thursday evening to begin fund raising for his re-election bid for the White House.
The president is the main attraction at three events in Chicago. The first two are smaller gatherings at Nine and MK, restaurants in the city. The third and largest event is being held at Navy Pier, along the shore of Lake Michigan.
The president announced his re-election bid on Monday April 4, with an e-mail and video sent to supporters. His campaign says it received 23,000 contributions in the first 24 hours following Obama's re-election announcement, with nearly all of those donations in the amount of $200 or less, a source confirms to CNN.
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