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Oprah’s Michigan Avenue party

Sean Sullivan. of Harpo Studios, helps disassemble the stage immediately following Oprah’s premiere party on Michigan Avenue. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Juana Landa helps with the cleaning effort on Michigan Avenue following the end of Oprah’s premiere party in Chicago. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Rascal Flatts is the final act on Michigan Avenue to finish off the 24th premiere extravaganza of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Alicia Garcia, left, and Alfredo Cruz are part of the street cleaning effort on Michigan Avenue following the end of Oprah’s kickoff party in Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
James Taylor performs during the taping of Oprah Winfrey’s 24th season premiere show on Michigan Avenue. (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Oprah Winfrey on stage with James Taylor during the taping of her 24th season premiere show on Michigan Avenue.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Oprah Winfrey on stage with James Taylor during the taping of her 24th season premiere show on Michigan Avenue.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Oprah Winfrey appears on her Michigan Avenue stage with Criss Angel for the taping of her 24th season premiere of her show.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
The Black-Eyed Peas and Oprah take a commercial break during taping of the 24th season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
The crowd performs a synchronized dance routine during The Black-Eyed Peas performance at the 24th season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Mayor Richard Daley is on hand for the taping of the 24th anniversary season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show” on Michigan Avenue.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Oprah is projected on a large monitors as she starts her show on Michigan Avenue during her 24th season premiere. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Oprah Winfrey welcomes the crowd on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago as taping begins for the 24th season premiere of her talk show.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Oprah Winfrey welcomes the crowd on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago as taping begins for the 24th season premiere of her talk show.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Oprah Winfrey and The Black Eyed Peas on the Michigan Avenue stage of Oprah’s 24th season premiere extravaganza.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Black Eyed Peas performing at the start of Oprah’s show on Michigan Avenue during her 24th Season Kickoff in Chicago. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Oprah Winfrey on stage with Will.i.am of The Black Eyed Peas during taping of her 24th anniversary season premiere show.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
The Black Eyed Peas perform on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago during the taping of the 24th anniversary season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey” show.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
The Black Eyed Peas perform on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago during the 24th anniversary season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photos by Terrence Antonio James)
Fergie of The Black Eyed Peas performs on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago during the 24th anniversary season premiere “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
The Black Eyed Peas perform during the 24th season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Oprah starts her show on Michigan Avenue during her 24th Season Kickoff. (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Fans stand ready in front of the stage at the Michigan Avenue Bridge for the start of taping for the “The Oprah Winfrey Show’s” 24th season premiere.  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
Fans stand ready in front of the stage at the Michigan Avenue Bridge for the start of taping for the 24th season premiere of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”  (Tribune photo by Terrence Antonio James)
The crowd assembled on Michigan Avenue for the taping of The Oprah Show’s season premiere continues to build. (Tribune photo by Michael Tercha)
The crowd assembled to participate in the taping of The Oprah Show’s 24th anniversary season premiere continues to grow on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Michael Tercha)
The Black Eyed Peas do a sound check on the stage erected on Michigan Avenue for the taping the Oprah Winfrey Show’s 24th anniversary season premiere.  (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
The Black Eyed Peas do a sound check before Oprah’s 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans rehearse a “secret” dance routine on Michigan Avenue to later surprise Oprah with when she begins the taping of her 24th anniversary season premiere show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans rehearse a “secret” dance routine on Michigan Avenue to later surprise Oprah with when she begins the taping of her 24th anniversary season premiere show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans rehearse a “secret” dance routine on Michigan Avenue to later surprise Oprah with when she begins the taping of her 24th anniversary season premiere show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Jennifer Hudson waves to fans before a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show on Michigan Avenue.  (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
Crowds gather on Michigan Avenue, from the bridge over the Chicago River going north, for the taping of The Oprah Show’s season premiere in downtown Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Michael Tercha)
Oprah Winfrey interviews Giuliana Rancic atop a double-decker bus on the Michigan Avenue bridge ahead of taping the Oprah Winfrey Show 24th anniversary premiere in downtown Chicago. (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
Oprah Winfrey waves to fans along the Michigan Avenue Bridge as she sits with Giuliana Rancic atop a double-decker bus before a recording of the Oprah Winfrey Show 24th anniversary premiere in downtown Chicago. (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
A pedestrian pauses to photograph Oprah Winfrey as she tapes an interview from atop top a double-decker bus on the Michigan Ave Bridge as Chicago police officers try to keep crowds moving.  (Brian Cassella, Chicago Tribune)
Oprah fans, left to right, Devon Larkin, Tara Lewis and Leslie Kasahara dance while waiting on Michigan Avenue for the taping of Oprah’s 24th anniversary season peremiere show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Fans line the street before a taping of the Oprah Winfrey show on Michigan Avenue in downtown Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
Oprah Winfrey, right, in red, sits atop a double-decker bus on the Michigan Avenue Bridge before taping of her 24th anniversary season premiere show in downtown Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
Oprah Winfrey sits on top of a bus on the Michigan Avenue bridge before taping of the season premiere of her show.  (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
Oprah Winfrey sits atop a red double-decker bus parked on the Michigan Avenue bridge for an interview with Mario Lopez.  (Tribune photo by Michael Tercha)
Mario Lopez stands on the Michigan Ave Bridge before taping of the Oprah Winfrey Show’s season premiere.  (Tribune photo by Brian Cassella)
Oprah Winfrey interviews Mario Lopez atop a red double-decker bus parked on the Michigan Avenue bridge before the taping of The Oprah Show’s season premiere.  (Tribune photo by Michael Tercha)
Oprah fans learn a secret dance to surprise Oprah with while waiting on Michigan Avenue for the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans learn a secret dance to surprise Oprah with while waiting on Michigan Avenue for the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans learn a secret dance to surprise Oprah with while waiting on Michigan Avenue for the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Crowds gather on Michigan Avenue for the taping of The Oprah Show’s 24th anniversary season premiere. (Tribune photo by Michael Tercha)
Eager Oprah fans struggle to push through checkpoints as the line advances down Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Eager Oprah fans struggle to push through checkpoints as the line advances down Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Eager Oprah fans negotiate their way through checkpoints as the line advances down Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
An eager Oprah fan escapes the struggle to push through checkpoints as the line advances down Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans settle in for a long wait on Michigan Avenue before of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans settle in for a long wait on Michigan Avenue before of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans hustle down Michigan Avenue to get in line in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fan Naddeen Campbell-Williams calls a friend from her spot at the front of the waiting line on Michigan Avenue for the taping of Oprah’s 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Eager Oprah fans race to line up on at 6:14 a.m. on Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show . (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Laveta Mitchell of Chicago (right) and eager Oprah fans line up at 5:38 a.m. on Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. Mitchell had been waiting since 11:30 p.m. the previous evening. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Early-rising Oprah fans debate strategy on how to protect their positions at the front of the line on Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fan Lentric Young uses his laptop to search for current information about Oprah at 5:56 a.m. on Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans wave to news helicopters on Michigan Avenue while they wait for the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Early-rising Oprah fans line up on Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
Oprah fans (left to right) Elizabeth Rubio, Shayla Valdivia and Luciano Dimas wait on Michigan Avenue in anticipation of the taping of her 24th anniversary show. (Tribune photo by E. Jason Wambsgans)
The stage is set the night before Oprah Winfrey‘s anniversary show on Michigan Avenue in Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
The stage is set the night before Oprah Winfrey‘s anniversary show on Michigan Avenue at the Chicago River.  (Tribune photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo)
Workers move stage lights during the construction of the stage area for Oprah Winfrey‘s “Oprah’s 24th-Season Kickoff Party” in Chicago on Monday. Michigan Avenue from Wacker Drive to Ohio Street was closed to prepare for the taping.  (Tribune photo by Heather Charles)
Workers assemble the stage area on Michigan Avenue at the Michigan Avenue bridge in preparation for Oprah Winfrey‘s “Oprah’s 24-Season Kickoff Party” in Chicago.  (Tribune photo by Heather Charles)
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