Obama in town for fundraiser, expect traffic snarls

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April 02, 2014|By Mick Swasko, @swasko | RedEye

Air Force One has barely landed, and the traffic headaches are already here. 

President Obama is in town briefly Wednesday to attend a Democratic National Committee fundraiser at Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle. Closures can be expected on Lake Shore Drive in the next few hours as the president makes his way from the airport.

A WGN traffic reporter has these specifics via Facebook: "Closures starting to take place on 18th just south of Soldier Field," an update reads. "Obama will chopper to lakefront. Expect closures then on LSD as he makes way to 300 N LaSalle. Expect closures on LSD, Illinois, Grand & LaSalle ..."

According to the official White House schedule, Obama will arrive at Chicago Cut Steakhouse at 4:45 p.m. He will then deliver remarks and answer questions from a private residence in Chicago at 6:55 p.m. He will then depart Chicago via O'Hare at 8:30 p.m. 

According to reports on Twitter, more than 20 city salt trucks are being used as roving barricades for the president's visit. 

UPDATE: On a somewhat unrelated note, CBS2 reporter Jay Levine was just tackled on live TV by a protester shouting "Obama is a war criminal."

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