How To Get Tickets To Obama’s Farewell Address
President Barack Obama will be back in Chicago on Tuesday to deliver what has been billed as his “farewell address to the American people.”
WBEZ will air the speech live Tuesday at 8 p.m., but if you want to see Obama deliver his address in person at McCormick Place, here’s what you need to know about scoring a ticket.
Where and when will tickets be available?
Tickets will be given out at 8 a.m. Saturday at McCormick Place through Gate 4, which is ADA accessible, according to a statement from the White House. Gate 4 is located just south of the McCormick Place Hyatt at 2233 S. King Drive.
The limited number of tickets are free and first-come, first-service. Only one ticket will be given out per person.
Drivers can park their cars in Parking Lot A, but it’ll cost $23 per car.
For public-transit riders, the closest CTA L stop is the Green Line’s Cermak-McCormick Place station at the intersection of Cermak Road and State Street, which is about 9 minutes on foot from Gate 4, according to Google Maps.
Can I get in line now and sleep on the sidewalk so I can be first in line?
Nope. Camping out or loitering before 6 a.m. is prohibited, according to the White House statement.
When should I get to McCormick Place on Tuesday?
Obama’s speech is expected to begin around 8 p.m. The White House statement says “doors will be open early in the evening,” but doesn’t give a specific time.
Airport-like security measures will be in place, so ticket holders should show up early and bring as little personal items as possible, the statement says.
Anyone who shows up late will not be allowed in.
What items are prohibited?
Bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids and signs will not be allowed.
Should I wear my Sunday’s best?
“The attire for the event is casual,” according to the White House statement.
Claire Donnelly is a reporter for WBEZ. Follow her @donnellyclairee.