Pretty much everyone you know will be glued to the inauguration of President Barack Obama today, either live or during re-broadcasts for the after-work crowd. Here are some creative ways to commemorate the historic occasion:
PUBLIC PARTY: The Chicago Tribune is hosting "Rock the Inauguration," a free public viewing party in Pioneer Court. Two Jumbotron screens will be set up for Obama's swearing-in ceremony and first presidential address. Two words for you: Bundle up. 9AM-12PM.
POLITICS AS ART: If standing in the cold just isn't your thing, head to the Art Institute, where the museum will broadcast live coverage of the inauguration in Fullerton Hall. Museum admission is $12 for adults, $7 for children, students and seniors. 10:30AM-12:30PM.
MAKE CHANGE: Wicker Park's The Silver Room will be celebrating today by hosting "Forum: A Celebration of Change." Projection screens will be set up throughout the store to screen the day's events, while snacks, beer, wine and coffee will be circulated. Local artists will be on hand creating political-themed artwork, including T-shirts with inauguration designs. At 7PM, join in a political discussion, followed by DJ sets and dancing. 10AM-11PM, free.