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Obama Hints at Election Night Event in Chicago

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Four years after an estimated 240,000 people poured into Grant Park for an Election Night rally, it remains mostly unclear what President Barack Obama has in store for Chicago on Nov. 6.

    After unveiling McCormick Place last week as his Election Night post, Obama hinted at further plans in a Tuesday fundraising email to supporters.

    "I don't know what Election Night will hold, but I'd like you to be a part of the event here in Chicago," the letter's post script stated. "Any donation you make today automatically enters you for a chance to meet me -- airfare and hotel for you and a guest are covered."

    Obama's campaign has held similar contests in the past. What Chicagoans want to know is if they'll again be included in the event like last time.

    Either way, it's sure to be a different setting.

    While McCormick Place is the largest convention center in the United States, it's a far different venue from the 2008 rally and celebration. Some have noted that security will be an issue, making the rally a difficult one to recreate.

    "What McCormick Place, or a venue such as that, is going to allow them to do is have different rooms, different venues and controlled corridors," said former Secret Service agent Tom Kasza.