Election night in the streets of Chicago carried an unprecedented feeling of pride as our city played an important role in the newest chapter in history. But really it was bigger than having our name next to Barack Obama’s in the history books. As the numbers rolled in on the dozens of screens spread through out Grant Park the energy that emanated from the 125,000 sharing the victory speech with Obama was surreal. The reverb of his voice playing live over the speakers made it clear that in that particular moment and in that specific space we were finally part of a bigger vision for this country. The 70-degree weather on the November night in Chicago reminded us that good things come from our often backwards city. It’s still sinking in that legit hope for a much-needed change in our communities brought us and all those watching Grant Park together on this election night.