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Chicago boasts President Obama`s favorite places

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The polls may vary around the country when it comes to President Obama's popularity.

But in the president's hometown, support for him is consistently strong, especially in the Hyde Park/Kenwood neighborhoods, where the first family used to live full-time.

FOX Chicago News visited some of Mr. Obama's favorite spots, and found out what makes Chicago - Obama's town.

President Obama has been eating at Valois since his days at the University of Chicago. Since he became president, the restaurant has become a popular tourist attraction

Diner Murphy Evers said he came to Valois because his mom told him the president ate there.

"This is his neighborhood," Valois manager Tom Chronopoulos said. "We get a lot of people coming in wanting to see where he's from, what he eats, what chair did he sit in, what fork did he use."

Another diner said Valois is their favorite president's place, and they love eating where he ate.

There's even an Obama menu, posted since 2008. It lists the president's favorites at the Hyde Park restaurant.

"He had French toast, sausage, turkey sausage and scrambled eggs," Chronopoulos said. That's what the president ordered the last time he had breakfast there, October of 2010.

It's the same story at Manny's Deli in the South Loop, another Obama favorite.

At a Hyde Park hair salon, Zariff's been cutting the president's hair for 14 years. Owner Zariff gave him a specific cut before the president's big election night speech at Grant Park in 2008.

It's no surprise, the requests for the "Obama cut" keep pouring in. Zariff said the style consists of a low haircut, tapered on the sides and in the back. He said it's been around for about 100 years.

A Russian TV crew was also fascinated by the president's favorite places.

"We wanted to know what has changed since he last visited this place, during the last four years," Russian TV reporter Alisa Romonova said.

This summer, a plaque marking the spot where the president and first lady kissed in 1989 was installed at Dorchester and 53rd Street.

"It's kind of impossible to live in Hyde Park and not be support Obama, or Chicago, for that matter," one resident said.

FOX Chicago also asked Zariff if he would be cutting the president's hair before his election night rally at McCormick Place this year.

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He didn't directly answer, but simply said the president will be ready for that night.

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