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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.
Katie Hayes
Derick Thurman, an 18-year-old from Chicago and first-time voter, holds up a poster that he bought for five dollars.
Katie Hayes
The crowd reacts to news of Obama's win in Ohio.
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Shirley Caffee shouts, "Thank God, Obama won!"
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Jude Nwabia is originally from Nigeria and has been a U.S. resident for the last ten years.
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Towels, shirts and buttons were all for sale outside the event gates at Grant Park.
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Chicagoans watch the CNN broadcast as polls close across the United States.
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The crowd reacts to news of Obama's win in Ohio.
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A larger-than-life painting of Barack Obama hung at the Election Night rally in Chicago's Grant Park.
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Someone had fun in arts and crafts time.
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The crowd in the overflow section of Grant Park waits for the televised election results from Ohio.
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With only 70,000 people able to get tickets, many people will watch the event from the overflow area outside of Grant Park.
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Chicago is expecting 1 million people for Obama's election night event.
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Police on foot and horseback create barriers for the thousands of people coming into the park.
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So... not an actual McCain supporter, we imagine.
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Seen through an American flag, people walk down Michigan Avenue toward Grant Park in Chicago, where the city expects to host 1 million people for the night.
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Secret Service and security surround the perimeter of Grant Park.
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Thousands from the press descend on Grant Park looking for interview subjects and on-the-scene insight.
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The crowd fills the streets outside Grant Park, cheering, "Obama! Obama! Obama!"
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Voters trickled down Michigan Avenue after casting their ballot on election night in Chicago.
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Charlie Santos sells water and soda outside of Grant Park before the the rally begins.
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The event started at 8 p.m., but the results of the election were not announced until west coast polls closed three hours later.
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Along with the presidential election, many closely watched the congressional races.
Katie Hayes
Chicagoans watch the CNN broadcast as polls close across the United States.
Katie Hayes
Reactions from elation to tears greeted the news of Obama's win.
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There was no shortage of Obama gear for sale around Chicago Tuesday night.
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Obama's win sparked intense reactions in the crowd.
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Obama fans watch his acceptance speech from a row of trees in the back of Grant Park.
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A woman in the trees records Obama's acceptance speech
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Obama looks down on the crowd from a Jumbotron screen as they leave Grant Park.
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Katie Hayes
Derick Thurman, an 18-year-old from Chicago and first-time voter, holds up a poster that he bought for five dollars.
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