U.S. presidents who visited the suburbs and why they were here

  • President Joe Biden greets Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Oct. 7, 2021. He then visited Elk Grove Village's Technology Park to see a Microsoft data center being built.

    President Joe Biden greets Gov. J.B. Pritzker, left, Rep. Mike Quigley, Rep. Raja Krishnamoorthi and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot at O'Hare International Airport in Chicago on Oct. 7, 2021. He then visited Elk Grove Village's Technology Park to see a Microsoft data center being built.

  • Then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama speaks with families of cancer victims Dec. 21, 2006, in Naperville. Two months later, he would announce his run for president.

    Then U.S. Sen. Barack Obama speaks with families of cancer victims Dec. 21, 2006, in Naperville. Two months later, he would announce his run for president. Daily Herald File/Marcelle Bright

  • Daily Herald File/George LeClaireFormer President George W. Bush is escorted by golf cart through a crowd of golf fans at the Ryder Cup played at the Medinah Country Club Sept. 29, 2012.

    Daily Herald File/George LeClaireFormer President George W. Bush is escorted by golf cart through a crowd of golf fans at the Ryder Cup played at the Medinah Country Club Sept. 29, 2012.

  • Hillary and presidential candidate Bill Clinton visit Maine South High School on March 12, 1992. Bill Clinton would take office the following January.

    Hillary and presidential candidate Bill Clinton visit Maine South High School on March 12, 1992. Bill Clinton would take office the following January.

  • President George H.W. Bush and Arlington Heights resident Gayle Landuyt share a laugh with Motorola technician Lue Ann Johnson, of Elgin, as she tests a communication console in Schaumburg in September of 1992.

    President George H.W. Bush and Arlington Heights resident Gayle Landuyt share a laugh with Motorola technician Lue Ann Johnson, of Elgin, as she tests a communication console in Schaumburg in September of 1992. Daily Herald File/John Konstantaras

  • Republican presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan gave a group of key Illinois supporters a sneak preview of his campaign on Nov. 16, 1975, in Des Plaines.

    Republican presidential hopeful Ronald Reagan gave a group of key Illinois supporters a sneak preview of his campaign on Nov. 16, 1975, in Des Plaines. Daily Herald File/Bob Finch

  • President Jimmy Carter was greeted by bands, cheers, banners and hundreds of well-wishers during a visit to Addison in October of 1980.

    President Jimmy Carter was greeted by bands, cheers, banners and hundreds of well-wishers during a visit to Addison in October of 1980. Daily Herald File/Charles Cherney

  • President Gerald Ford speaks to a crowd at Buffalo Grove High School during a campaign stop in March of 1976.

    President Gerald Ford speaks to a crowd at Buffalo Grove High School during a campaign stop in March of 1976. Daily Herald File/Dom Najolia

  • President Richard Nixon visiting Mount Prospect in October of 1970.

    President Richard Nixon visiting Mount Prospect in October of 1970. Daily Herald File/Jim Frost

  • Sen. John F. Kennedy addresses a crowd of more than 10,000 packed in front of city hall in Aurora on Oct. 25, 1960, during a tour of the West suburbs, including Elgin.

    Sen. John F. Kennedy addresses a crowd of more than 10,000 packed in front of city hall in Aurora on Oct. 25, 1960, during a tour of the West suburbs, including Elgin.

 
Posted10/6/2022 1:00 AM

Ten of the last 12 presidents of the United States have visited the suburbs. Missing are Lyndon Johnson and Donald Trump, the latter of whom as candidate or president never got closer than Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Here's a look at who visited where and under what circumstances.

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