PHOTOS: Chicago Celebrates Joe Biden’s Victory

PHOTOS: Chicago Celebrates Joe Biden’s Victory

In Chicago, which voted overwhelmingly Democratic in this year’s presidential race, the reaction to Joe Biden’s victory was swift and loud: horns honking, cheering and hollering and, of course, the clanking of cow bells. As news trickled out that Democrat Joe Biden had defeated President Donald Trump to become the 46th president of the United States, Chicagoans took to the streets — in neighborhoods and at Trump Tower, 401 N. Wabash Ave.

At Union Park, where a prescheduled rally kicked off at 1 p.m., speakers from a range of labor unions took turns at the mic. Jesse Sharkey, the president of the Chicago Teachers Union, addressed a small but enthusiastic crowd of about 800 people. “It’s a beautiful day in more ways than one,” Sharkey said. “Donald Trump, who has been a nightmare on the political scene and in national politics, is gone. He’s been defeated.”

Biden’s victory came after more than three days of uncertainty as election officials sorted through a surge of mail-in votes that delayed the processing of some ballots. Biden crossed 270 Electoral College votes with a win in Pennsylvania.

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Large numbers of cars blowing their horns drove up and down Michigan Avenue crossing the Michigan Avenue Chicago River Bridge following the win of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the general election. Marc Monaghan / WBEZ
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A woman flashes a peace sign and screams as she and her companion bicycle west on Upper Wacker Drive opposite Trump International Hotel and Tower celebrating the win of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. Marc Monaghan / WBEZ
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A man celebrates the win of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris by dancing during a rally in Union Park. Marc Monaghan / WBEZ
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(From the left) Sisters Lindsey and Meredith Sonnefeldt, and Nicole Wright were among several hundred people who attended a rally in Union Park following the win of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris in the general election. Marc Monaghan / WBEZ
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Bike Lane Uprising’s Christina Whitehouse distributes shots of Malort outside of Chicago’s Trump Tower after Joe Biden was declared the winner of the presidential election. Courtney Kueppers / WBEZ