President Obama and Oprah Winfrey had dinner Wednesday night in Chicago. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)
(CNN) - When you're the President of the United States, your birthday celebrations don't generally involve a low-key evening alone sulking about the loss of your glory days.
President Obama made that point well last night. After a flight from Washington to Chicago, where he was greeted at O'Hare Airport by Chicago Mayor Richard Daley and Illinois Governor Pat Quinn among others, the President took a traffic-avoiding helicopter ride to a landing zone at Soldier Field home of the Chicago Bears and then a motorcade ride to his own home in Chicago's South Side neighborhood of Hyde Park.
But a little more than an hour later the commander in chief was out on the town for dinner at Graham Elliot, a chic Windy City restaurant that bills itself as the city's first 'bistronomic' restaurant. Bistronomic is a term used to describe an establishment that offers four star cooking in a more casual environment.
Oh, and he dined with Oprah Winfrey and Gayle King.
Obama spent more than three hours inside before emerging before a gathering of about 75 onlookers outside the restaurant. The birthday President gave a wave to the cameras before entering his limousine and motorcading home for the night.