Michelle Obama makes surprise visit to Chicago

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Michelle Obama was in Chicago on Saturday for an event honoring Valerie Jarrett. (WLS)

First lady Michelle Obama made a surprise visit Saturday night to Chicago for an event that honored Valerie Jarrett, a key member of her husband's administration.

Obama was not a part of the program, which was held at the Art Institute of Chicago.

the event featured a taping of a PBS interview with Jarrett presented by HistoryMakers, a Chicago-based non-profit which collects the oral histories of successful African Americans nationwide. The event was also a fundraiser.

The show, which airs episodes on PBS twice a year, highlighted the life of Jarrett, who is senior advisor to the president.

"Goodness, everybody I love in one room," Jarrett joked onstage.

"Seeing the story of her role with Obama from the very beginning to the White House and really her long standing, it's really quite amazing," said Julianna Richardson, of the HistoryMakers.

The first lady was not scheduled to spend the night in Chicago.

Also in attendance was U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and former Mayor Richard Daley.

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