It's a celebration fit for a talk show queen.
Thousands were expected to descend on three-block stretch of Michigan Ave. on the famed Magnificent Mile today for a free taping that was open to the public and featured a performance by the Black Eyed Peas and Jennifer Hudson among others.
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Fans gathered by the gates as early as 2 a.m. for Oprah's 24th Season Kickoff Party and waited through the night until the gates opened around 8 a.m.
New episodes of the show begin on Sept. 14 with Whitney Houston in what Oprah bills as "the most anticipated music interview of the decade."
The talk show queen has had the No. 1 show for 23 consecutive seasons.