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Obama is treated to night in his own home

President Barack Obama got a rare treat last night -- spending the night in his own home in Chicago.

White House officials confirmed the US president was due to stay in the house in the upscale Hyde Park neighbourhood of Chicago, and might even indulge in that simplest of pleasures -- making his own breakfast.

Obama, joking with reporters last month after a NATO summit in Chicago, made it clear that security and traffic concerns had made it impossible for him to go home for a night during that visit, even though he was only a few miles away.

The president's wife and daughters were not expected to join him in Chicago, where he was attending three fundraising events after visiting Minneapolis to talk about the economy.

Obama was scheduled to fly back to Washington later today.

Obama last visited his Chicago family home in January, but did not spend the night on that occasion.