A coworker just came back from her usual lunch walk around Grant Park and vicinity, and she reports that it's "like Hollywood" out there, with cameras and news crews everywhere trying to take the pulse of the man on the street. She ducked and ran when confronted, apparently squeamish about her television debut. She also says that fences are up, streets are blocked, tents have been put up. It is huge.
And, I give thanks for not being this old: others in my suite are wringing their hands about having to work past 3 pm and being forced to deal with the commute back out of the city via public transit. The word "hardship" was used. Mind you, the rally doesn't begin until 8:30, and all traffic for that will be from the other direction.