By Tuesday evening, more than 65% of registered voters in Chicago had cast their ballot. Statewide, more than 1.8 million people submitted their vote-by-mail ballot instead of venturing into a polling location. While that far surpasses the previous record of voters who cast their ballot through the mail, more than 500,000 of the vote-by-mail ballots requested statewide still remain outstanding, according to the Illinois Board of Elections.
In addition, a record 1.9 million people voted early in-person across Illinois.
Chicago’s downtown was mostly quiet as the polls closed and as construction workers continued to put up boards on windows of the Peninsula Hotel to protect against possible unrest related to the election.
Many other businesses have boarded up windows preparing for unrest though downtown residents were walking dogs, finishing up shopping and getting carry-out in the early evening.
WBEZ captured scenes of election night around the city and suburbs.