CHICAGO — President Barack Obama's election-night rally is returning to Chicago — but moving indoors this time around, to McCormick Place in the South Loop, the Chicago Tribune reports.
Obama held his November 2008 rally in Grant Park, about two miles south of the massive convention center. Sources told the Tribune that the move from the downtown Loop would make security and logistics easier on event organizers, while easing concerns over weather.
However, the switch is expected to decrease the crowd size as compared to 2008, when an estimated 240,000 people filled the 319-acre park.
Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel will be there as well, spokeswoman Sarah Hamilton told the Tribune.
"We are excited and honored to once again host President Obama on election night," Hamilton said. "Chicago is more than capable of safely hosting this historic event in November."
The president will return to Chicago Oct. 25 to cast an early ballot, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.