The Margin: Obama Farewell: Ticket hopefuls brave overflow crowd at McCormick Place in Chicago — and frigid weather outside

Complaints about chaos and long lines at least in part overshadowed enthusiasm over success at having secured tickets early Saturday to President Obama’s farewell address on Tuesday at Chicago’s enormous McCormick Place convention center.

People arrived in the frigid predawn hours for free tickets to the Tuesday event on the Lake Michigan shore in the president’s adopted hometown, where the first family maintains its permanent home and where the Obama Presidential Center is to be constructed.

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Hopeful attendees began turning up at McCormick Place as early as 4:30 a.m., and, according to the Chicago Sun-Times, thousands were in line at 6 a.m.

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