Obama's election rally

Ethel C. Fenig
Barack Obama's spectacle in Berlin this past summer in the shadow of the destroyed Berlin Wall where he announced  how he is the change the world has waited for followed by his Grecian column acceptance speech spectacle announcing how he is the change the US has waited for were preludes to the spectacle his staff has planned  for election night in Chicago where he plans to nobly accept the will of the American people to change the universe.  

The seemingly pre coronation party, billed as an Election Rally, is scheduled for Chicago's lakefront Grant Park--yes, that Grant Park, site of the 1968 Democratic Convention riots--adjacent to Chicago's main business district.  So how many acolytes are anticipated?

Chicago's Mayor Richard

Daley estimated 1 million, a number he said was a guess. The campaign's permit said there would be 65,000 ticketed guests and 7,500 "participants" at the official fenced area. But interest is high and the weather is expected to be excellent, so expect quite a throng outside the official rally site

And if you're not a fan?  Or just a worker trying to get home after a normal work day?  Streets have been closed off, making  return trip home difficult so extra buses and trains have been added.  And oh, if you really don't want to participate in the festivities:

The Building Owners and Managers Association in Chicago sent a letter to building managers in the Loop suggesting they send tenants home by 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Jennifer Martinez, a spokeswoman for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communication.

Classes after 3 p.m. at Columbia College were canceled, and college buildings will close at 6 p.m., according to an e-mail from Columbia's provost, Steven Kapelke.

And just in case there are some uh, disturbances in the park in the murder capital of the US? 

The Chicago Police Department has canceled days off for all officers, and Chicago firefighters have been asked to have their personal equipment with them at home. Even the U.S. Coast Guard will patrol in Burnham Harbor and on Lake Michigan.

Party on, world.
Barack Obama's spectacle in Berlin this past summer in the shadow of the destroyed Berlin Wall where he announced  how he is the change the world has waited for followed by his Grecian column acceptance speech spectacle announcing how he is the change the US has waited for were preludes to the spectacle his staff has planned  for election night in Chicago where he plans to nobly accept the will of the American people to change the universe.  

The seemingly pre coronation party, billed as an Election Rally, is scheduled for Chicago's lakefront Grant Park--yes, that Grant Park, site of the 1968 Democratic Convention riots--adjacent to Chicago's main business district.  So how many acolytes are anticipated?

Chicago's Mayor Richard

Daley estimated 1 million, a number he said was a guess. The campaign's permit said there would be 65,000 ticketed guests and 7,500 "participants" at the official fenced area. But interest is high and the weather is expected to be excellent, so expect quite a throng outside the official rally site

And if you're not a fan?  Or just a worker trying to get home after a normal work day?  Streets have been closed off, making  return trip home difficult so extra buses and trains have been added.  And oh, if you really don't want to participate in the festivities:

The Building Owners and Managers Association in Chicago sent a letter to building managers in the Loop suggesting they send tenants home by 3 p.m. Tuesday, said Jennifer Martinez, a spokeswoman for the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communication.

Classes after 3 p.m. at Columbia College were canceled, and college buildings will close at 6 p.m., according to an e-mail from Columbia's provost, Steven Kapelke.

And just in case there are some uh, disturbances in the park in the murder capital of the US? 

The Chicago Police Department has canceled days off for all officers, and Chicago firefighters have been asked to have their personal equipment with them at home. Even the U.S. Coast Guard will patrol in Burnham Harbor and on Lake Michigan.

Party on, world.