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Chicago Gears Up for Inauguration

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It’s inauguration day in Washington D.C. where Barack Obama will take part in ten official inaugural balls, after he’s sworn into office. But there’s a festive atmosphere in Chicago as well.

The list of inauguration day events in Chicago is immense.

Universities across town, like Obama’s former employer, the University of Chicago, say they’re setting up areas for students to watch and discuss the events.

For those willing to brave the elements, The Chicago Tribune is hosting an outdoor viewing party at 9 AM – for the brave passerby’s making an early swing down Michigan Avenue.

The actual swearing in ceremony is scheduled for about 11 AM Chicago time, but that doesn’t mean the festivities end there. The House of Blues is hosting a viewing party at 2 PM. And in the evening, restaurants, hotels, radio stations, and cultural organizations are throwing balls in all parts of the city to mark the historic occasion.

The events aren’t limited to just Obama supporters. At least two groups of young Republicans are gathering for drinks this evening, saying they’re ready to rebuild the party.

Ammad Omar, WBEZ.

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