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Chicago businesses hoping for Obama fix

Chicago -- At least one Chicagoan says she wants President Barack Obama to return to the Windy City, saying she hoped he hasn't forgotten about his adopted hometown.

"Please come home," Carole Carter, a retired nurse, urged the president. "We miss you and the excitement you bring to the city."

Before his inauguration, Obama said he would try to get back to Chicago every six to eight weeks, but that schedule hasn't worked, USA Today reported Tuesday. He hasn't been to Chicago since July.

Nurse Carter said she hoped Obama hasn't "fallen out of love" with Chicago -- a sentiment echoed by area businesses, USA Today said.

Bus tour guides in the South Shore area still call attention to Obama's home and haunts, Gray Line General Manager Don Ferrone said.

The Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau Web site also urges visitors to take in "a host of Obama attractions, from the family's neighborhood to its dining and shopping favorites."

Ferrone told USA Today he wishes Obama would spend more time in his Chicago home, or specifically in his yard.

"If we can get him to come and stand outside, wouldn't that be wonderful?" Ferrone said. "He could sign autographs."

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