Snapchat Video: Chicagoans endure the cold for tickets to Obama’s farewell

By Marianna Brady

Thousands of people braved single-digit temperatures to stand in line for free tickets to President Obama’s farewell address this weekend.

Tickets for the president’s speech, which will take place at McCormick Place on Tuesday night, were handed out beginning at 8 a.m. on Saturday morning. However, the line started to form as early as 3 a.m. and snaked outside and around the block where people waited in the bitter cold. At 7 a.m. police began to turn people away and said they had reached capacity, according to the Chicago Police Department Twitter feed.

We covered the event live on the first ever Medill Reports Snapchat story, and you can view the video below.

Our reporters will be snapping directly from the president’s speech on Tuesday. Follow along at medillreports or add us by using our Snapchat code below.


Image at top: Screen cap from video by Marianna Brady (MEDILL)