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Election Parties: Chicago Obamafest, McCain on Hotel Lawn?

The Mayor of Chicago estimates that the Obama election night party could cost the city as much as $2 million. The free and open-to-the-public lakefront party at Grant Park will require the city to beef up security; but the Obama campaign has agreed to reimburse seriously cash-strapped Chicago.

Down in Arizona, rumor has it that McCain might not even show up to his soiree. Supporters will be gathering at the Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix, but McCain plans to deliver remarks to a small group of reporters and guests on the hotel lawn, while the speech is broadcast to the party inside. Aides haven't ruled out a McCain cameo inside.

After Obama's impressive acceptance speech before almost 80,000 in Denver, I'm not surprised by his election night plans for himself and the public. What do you have planned for election night?


javsmav javsmav 8 years
Thanks, Bella! I'll check that out.
lilprisci lilprisci 8 years
I live about 15 minutes north of Grant Park and I'm going to try really, really hard to make it to Obamafest!
bigestivediscuit bigestivediscuit 8 years
The only partying will be happening at my house when my boyfriend loses his bet to me and has to cook dinner for me for an entire week. I'm betting on McCain to win and he's betting on Obama. Clearly, he's the optimist in our relationship. A cool $2 mill is incredible to spend on a swank soiree but hey, when you're an elitist, you know ... ;) anything goes.
kia kia 8 years
I am a bit sad, my job is sending me to a really small conservative town that night a few hours away from home. I'll be missing the huge partying going down in Boulder.
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
I'll be in Chicago over New Year's. That's as close to this party as I want to get...
True-Song True-Song 8 years
Harm, maybe there will be bars or places with a roof nearby? I can't imagine willingly standing in that crowd, but it would be neat to be close enough to hear them go nuts if/when Obama is officially declared the winner.
harmonyfrance harmonyfrance 8 years
I might go. :) I get really nervous in huge crowds. I'm a Chicago sugar though...and you can bet that no matter where you are in the city if Obama wins we will be celebrating!
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
Kathryn, obviousily they aren't. I'm thinking no one else sees the irony of that.
janneth janneth 8 years
Just the two of us and a serious bottle of champagne, on ice, and corked until the networks call it.
kathrynliz kathrynliz 8 years
ok. i have to call a flag on the play here. chicago/obama are going to spend $2MM on a party and the question to the forum is, "what do you have planned for election night?" yet, on the previous page, we're being asked how we feel about what the GOP spent on sarah palin's stylist? i hope you're kidding.
milosmommy milosmommy 8 years
Congrats Javsmav. I was a chi-town suburbanite from 97-01. I loved it there and still miss it sometimes.
Beauty Beauty 8 years
Yay for you, Javsmav! Be sure to subscribe to Time Out Chicago. It's only $20 for a year and it has great info on restaurants, shops, culture, etc. (Plus, a certain Sugar used to work there, ahem. ;))
javsmav javsmav 8 years
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Well whether your a suburbanite or city - Congratulations and Welcome to Chicago!!!!
javsmav javsmav 8 years
well, I'm moving to the suburbs (my new job is out there), but my boyfriend lives in Chicago, so I'll be there often enough and his apartment is my second home. I'm so excited to move!
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Are you really moving here javsmav ?
javsmav javsmav 8 years
I'm moving to Chicago next weekend!! I'd love to go.
Marni7 Marni7 8 years
I probably will find out after its over lol..kinda like the world series..I get too emotional with the ups and downs! ..Just tell me when its over :P
juju4 juju4 8 years
I have a friend that works for an event planning company in Chicago, and he was telling me "YOU WANT TO BE THERE". That was all he could say. goodness knows no matter where I am, or who wins, I will be enjoying a cocktail...either in celebration or disappointment. :-) Wow...just realized that after the election, I might have a lot more free time on my hands.
True-Song True-Song 8 years
I'd be nervous to go to something like that. What if your candidate lost or there was some news about fraud or something? Could be a riot!
Jessiebanana Jessiebanana 8 years
We're having a party/support group at my house, depending on the results...maybe we should make it a costume party :ponder:.
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Well the party is for win or lose. It is just a celebration and a chance for the City to show support to one of our own.
dreamsugar dreamsugar 8 years
One might say -- it looks like McCain is expecting to be defeated. Why not have a huge bash and kick off Palin 2012 run??
UnDave35 UnDave35 8 years
It'll be great when McCain wins.... ;)
bellaressa bellaressa 8 years
Are any of the Chgo Sugars goings?
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