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There are few people who make a bigger impression on Chicago than Oprah Winfrey. For the past two decades, ladies of a certain age—that is, all of them—have lined up outside Harpo Studios to spend an hour hanging onto her every word. The Chicago Sun-Times runs a blog devoted entirely to her every move. She's even got her own store on Carpenter Street, where the aforementioned ladies can buy tea trays and African crafts and figure-friendly workout pants. So naturally, when Oprah wanted to do something special to kick off her 24th season, she invited all of Chicago to join in.
On September 8, The Oprah Winfrey Show will set up on the intersection of Michigan Avenue and Ohio Street for a live taping. Oh, and she's invited the Black Eyed Peas to perform. And, oh yeah, it's free and open to the public. Soooo yeah, that's exciting, no matter what age or gender you are.
Only Oprah could shut down traffic for three days —the production is keeping the intersection closed from 12:01am Sept. 7 to 5am Sept. 9 —to turn a prime chunk of the Magnificent Mile into a block party.
Oprah's website specifically states that no overnight camping will be allowed, which is probably a good thing. Unless they nip that kind of thing in the bud, an estrogen-skewed Hooverville would probably sprout up on the avenue sometime around Labor Day.