November 04, 2008

Hundreds of Thousands Flock to Obama Rally in Chicago

Barack Obama closed his campaign with a massive outdoor public event — a street party through downtown Chicago centered around Grant Park on the waterfront. The campaign distributed 70,000 tickets to the official event, but many more came down for the party.
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Derick Thurman, an 18-year-old from Chicago and first-time voter, holds up a poster that he bought for five dollars.
Katie Hayes
Derick Thurman, an 18-year-old from Chicago and first-time voter, holds up a poster that he bought for five dollars.
The crowd reacts to news of Obama's win in Ohio.
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The crowd reacts to news of Obama's win in Ohio.
Shirley Caffee shouts, "Thank God, Obama won!"
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Shirley Caffee shouts, "Thank God, Obama won!"
Jude Nwabia is originally from Nigeria and has been a U.S. resident for the last ten years.
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Jude Nwabia is originally from Nigeria and has been a U.S. resident for the last ten years.
Towels, shirts and buttons were all for sale outside the event gates at Grant Park.
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Towels, shirts and buttons were all for sale outside the event gates at Grant Park.
Chicagoans watch the CNN broadcast as polls close across the United States.
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Chicagoans watch the CNN broadcast as polls close across the United States.
The crowd reacts to news of Obama's win in Ohio.
Katie Hayes
The crowd reacts to news of Obama's win in Ohio.
A larger-than-life painting of Barack Obama hung at the Election Night rally in Chicago's Grant Park.
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A larger-than-life painting of Barack Obama hung at the Election Night rally in Chicago's Grant Park.
Someone had fun in arts and crafts time.
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Someone had fun in arts and crafts time.
The crowd in the overflow section of Grant Park waits for the televised election results from Ohio.
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The crowd in the overflow section of Grant Park waits for the televised election results from Ohio.