Oprah Takes Over Three Chicago Blocks

Thousands of Oprah fans flocked to Chicago's Michigan Avenue when she took over three city blocks for a season kick-off celebration.

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Oprah Winfrey performs with Black Eyed Peas Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Chicago while taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on a three-block stretch of Chicago's Michigan Avenue near the Chicago River. Winfrey is hosting the show to celebrate the kickoff of the 24th season of her show.
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Thousands of people watch the the taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show in Chicago.
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Oprah Winfrey waves to her fans.
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Thousands of people gather to watch the taping.
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Oprah uses a flashy golden mic to introduce the Black Eye Peas.
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Oprah Winfrey hosts the Black Eyed Peas Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Chicago on a three-block stretch of Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
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Oprah and Fergie get down.
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The Black Eyed Peas perform Tuesday, Sept. 8 in Chicago during taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on a three-block stretch of Chicago's Michigan Avenue near the Chicago River.
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Performers busted a move to the Black Eyed Peas performance.
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The Black Eyed Peas perform in Chicago during taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
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Thousands of people gathered for the taping.
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Several hundred dancers were brought in to perform a flash mob-type dance during the Black Eye Peas performance.
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Oprah expressed surprise, saying she didn't know they were going to do it.
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James Taylor performs in Chicago during the taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" on a three-block stretch of Chicago's Michigan Avenue.
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Oprah introduces Jennifer Hudson.
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Jennifer Hudson performs during a special taping an episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show."
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Oprah Winfrey reacts to illusionist Criss Angel during her 24th season kick-off celebration.
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It's safe to say Fergie was the crowd favorite.
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A shot of the crowd looking north on Michigan Avenue.
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Thousands of people watch the outdoor taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show.
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Welcome to Oprahpalooza. Besides the much-ballyhooed Black Eyed Peas, Jennifer Hudson, James Taylor and Rascall Flats rocked the stage.
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The stage is set up and ready for Ms. Winfrey to do her thing at 5 p.m.
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Thousands of people gathered for the taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show Sept. 8, in Chicago.
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Sit tight, it's gonna be a long wait.
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Michigan Avenue full of Oprah's faithful in anticipation of her outdoor kickoff show.
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But if you want a choice seat, you had to get in line pretty early. These ladies got in line at 5 a.m.
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Fans brought props in an attempt to get noticed.
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A hand stamp will guarantee your section for the festivities -- unless you leave and try to come back.
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Probably not.
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The entrance, located at the intersection of Ohio and Michigan, opened at 12 p.m. and the party began at 5 p.m.
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Fans were geared up and ready for the queen of daytime TV.
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Attendees are asked not to bring backpacks or large bags, and women are suggested not to bring large purses.
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The taped show will actually air on Thursday.
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