No beer tents at Obama event

Barack Obama's Election Night rally in Grant Park on Tuesday will go as late as 1 a.m. and will not include live musical acts or alcohol sales. Vendors, however, will be on hand to hawk pizza, hot dogs and hot chocolate.

Those details of the Democratic presidential candidate's rally became clear late Wednesday as the Chicago Park District released the special-event permit application required to reserve the park.

The permit, filed by C3 Presents, the Austin, Texas-based producers of the Lollapalooza music festival, states that there will be 7,500 "participants" and 65,000 spectators. It makes no mention of the overflow crowd that city officials say could bring the total in attendance to as many as 1 million people.

The permit application for the south end of Grant Park, filed Friday, calls for 265 portable toilets, 6- and 8-foot fences, 925 iron barricades, three spotlight towers and two audio towers. "Amplified sound" would be allowed between 9 p.m. and 1 a.m.

The application raises the possibility of street closings, to be determined by the U.S. Secret Service, the Chicago Police Department and the city's Office of Emergency Management and Communications.

Security will be extraordinary. The city has canceled days off Tuesday for Chicago police officers. Attendees likely will be required to pass through metal detectors to gain entry, similar to going through airport security.

The Obama campaign began taking online applications for rally tickets Tuesday and quickly ran out. The campaign did not disclose Wednesday when it planned to e-mail tickets to the successful applicants. According to the campaign's invitation, ticket recipients must show photo IDs at the event and cannot bring bags, signs, banners, chairs or strollers.

The city's emergency management agency will hold a news conference Thursday to discuss further details, a spokeswoman said.

Setup for the event began Monday, according to the permit released by Park District spokeswoman Jessica Maxey-Faulkner. It was signed by Dirk Stalnecker of C3 Presents and filed along with a $25 application fee—paid in cash.

Copyright © 2015, Los Angeles Times
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