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Where to watch the Obama inauguration and events

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At least it won't look like this ... (AP file)

Not feeling crazy enough to hit the road and drive to our nation's capital to watch history unfold? We're not, either. So as you comfort yourself with the realization that all those people will be watching the inauguration of President Obama on TV, too (on Jumbotrons, shivering in the cold), you can plan where and when you'll watch the events on TV.

Here's a round-up of inauguration coverage on TV, online, even in local movie theaters ...



CNN -- "The Obama Express," 10 a.m.-7 p.m.
Llive coverage of Obama's train ride from Pennsylvania to Washington, D.C.

MSNBC -- Live broadcasts from the national Mall in D.C. until 7 p.m.


CNN -- Live broadcasts all day from D.C.

MSNBC -- Live broadcasts from the national Mall in D.C. until 7 p.m.

HBO -- "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial"
This event is exclusive to HBO, though the pay-channel will be available free of charge to cable and digital subscribers especially for this broadcast. Musical performers scheduled for the event include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Bono, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, Renee Fleming, Josh Groban, Herbie Hancock, Heather Headley, John Legend, Jennifer Nettles, John Mellencamp, Usher Raymond IV, Shakira, Bruce Springsteen, James Taylor, and Stevie Wonder. Among those reading historical passages will be Jamie Foxx, Martin Luther King III, Queen Latifah and Denzel Washington. The Rt. Reverend V. Gene Robinson will give the invocation.
Updated -- This event originally was scheduled to air delayed from 6 to 8 p.m., and it still will ... but now the network has added this: it will broadcast the event live beginning at 1:30 p.m. An extra rerun is also scheduled for 10:30 p.m.
-- And you don't have to subscribe to HBO to watch it; the event is broadcast on an open signal, available to all cable and satellite customers.
-- Spanish-speaking viewers can catch the whole thing voiced-over in Spanish on the HBO Latino channel.

NBC -- "Saturday Night Live Presidential Bash 2008," 8 p.m.
A repeat of the "SNL" round-up of its years of political satire.


CNN --
• "American Morning," 4-8 a.m.
Live from the Election Express bus on the Washington Mall in D.C.
• "From MLK to Today," 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
Live broadcasts from D.C.

Oprah Winfrey will host a live episode of "The Oprah Winfrey Show" from the Kennedy Center Opera House on Monday.

Disney -- "Kids' Inaugural: We Are the Future," 7-8:30 p.m.
A concert celebration from the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., honoring military families. Musical performances for the event include Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, Demi Lovato and Bow Wow. Billy Ray Cyrus, Keke Palmer, and Usher Raymond IV are also scheduled to appear.


The burgundy velvet, gilt-edged Lincoln Inaugural Bible is displayed at the Library of Congress in Washington. President-elect Barack Obama will take his oath of office on the bible on Tuesday, becoming the first president to use it since Abraham Lincoln at his swearing-in on March 4, 1861. (AP file)

Live coverage of the swearing-in ceremony:
C-SPAN -- beginning at 5 a.m.
TV One -- coverage begins at 6 a.m. and continues until 6 a.m. Wednesday
WGN -- beginning at 5 a.m.
FOX News -- beginning at 7:30 a.m.
ABC -- beginning at 9 a.m.
BBC -- beginning at 10 a.m.
CBS -- beginning at 9 a.m.
CNN -- beginning at 9 a.m.
MSNBC -- beginning at 9 a.m.
NBC -- beginning at 9 a.m.
PBS -- beginning at 10 a.m.
Most networks plan live coverage to stretch as late as 4 p.m., so expect all soaps and daytime talk shows to be pre-empted.

This 2004 file photo shows Johnathan Rodgers, president of TV One, a cable channel geared to blacks, in the channel's editing studio in Washington, D.C. TV One plans to cover the inauguration for 24 straight hours beginning Tuesday. (AP file)

Nickelodeon -- Time TBA
The children's cable network has announced plans to cover the inauguration events on Tuesday, though times have not yet been set. Young reporters Lily Collins (rocker Phil Collins' daughter), and J.J. (Nick would not release his last name) will lead the coverage.

BET -- Time TBA
BET will cover the swearing-in and parade from four locations, including ground and rooftop sites on Pennsylvania Avenue. Anchoring the coverage will be Hill Harper of CBS' "CSI: NY," former CBS "The Early Show" host Rene Syler and Jeff Johnson, who hosts a weekly BET news program.

Other related programming:
CNBC -- an all-day special report, "CNBC Reports: President Obama and Your Money"

Delayed coverage of the swearing-in:
BET -- 7 p.m., repeating at 9 p.m.

Other coverage that night:
ABC --
• "World News with Charles Gibson" will be a special 90-minute edition, 5:30-7 p.m.
• "The Neighborhood Ball: An Inauguration Celebration," 7 p.m.
Inside the first-ever Neighborhood Ball, where the new president and first lady will have their first dance of the night, plus inauguration highlights. Musical performers scheduled for the Neighborhood Inaugural Ball include Beyonce, Mary J. Blige, Mariah Carey, Faith Hill, JAY-Z, Alicia Keys, Shakira and Stevie Wonder.
• "A Moment in History: The Inauguration of Barack Obama," 9 p.m.
Highlights from the many inaugural balls; journalists share their thoughts on the significance of the day.

CBS -- "Change and Challenge: The Inauguration of Barack Obama," 8 p.m.
Highlights of the day's activities; Americans share their stories of the inauguration.

NBC -- A one-hour special visiting various inaugural balls, 8 p.m.

BET -- "Yes We Will: The BET Inaugural Celebration," a pre-taped special including live cut-ins from the network's own inaugural ball.

MTV -- "Be the Change: Live From the Inaugural," 9 p.m.

QVC -- A live broadcast from the Creative Coalition's inaugural ball. Host Leah Williams will be decked out in an inaugural gown as she hawks Obama merchandise, including Obama half dollars and Obama throw blankets.

TV One -- Reporting from various inaugural balls, 9-11 p.m.

"The Daily Show" will broadcast a live special at 10 p.m. on Comedy Central.

And, of course, for those who want a realistic sense of being there, C-SPAN's four days of coverage marks major events with no narration.


The Web might just break under the strain of all the streaming coverage planned for Tuesday's inauguration. Pretty much every conceivable media Web site will be offering something, but here are the biggies we know about:, of course, will be all you really need. With our team in D.C. reporting, blogging and sending video, the site will be revamped for the day to carry the coverage, plus photo galleries, video streams from NBC5, text of speeches past and present and live Twitter feeds from an army of young students spread throughout the capital. It's all focused on our Obama inauguration page.

HBO will be streaming its concert event, "We Are One: The Obama Inaugural Celebration at the Lincoln Memorial," live beginning at 1:30 p.m. Sunday at

CBS News has built a special inauguration Web site for its Tuesday coverage. At 9 p.m. Tuesday, Katie Couric will host a live webcast reviewing the day's events on and (And if you or someone you know is going to D.C. for the event and will have their still or video camera, Chicago's CBS affiliate is looking for citizen reporters to help cover the history.) will have four live streams and will allow Facebook users to connect through its site.

ABC is offering online archived speeches of past presidents, plus a "World News" webcast available online as well as through a podcast on iTunes, mobile phones and ABC News NOW.

Fox News and MSNBC Web sites will both stream the inauguration live online.

PBS' "NewsHour" also has an extensive Web site with forums where voters can pose questions. They'll have streaming video of Jim Lehrer's coverage, as well as Flickr and Twitter feeds from D.C.


Click here for details on two Chicago-area movie theaters offering free simulcasts of the Tuesday inauguration.



If you're like most of us, you won't be in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday for Barack Obama's inauguration. But there's no reason you can't celebrate the historic occasion with revelers at bars, restaurants and special events across the city (FYI, the swearing in is at 11 a.m. Chicago time). Many establishments are rolling out special menus and prices for the festivities.

Check out the inaugural celebrations at these local spots:

David Burke's Primehouse, 616 N. Rush, (312) 660-6000.
In honor of our new president, David Burke's Primehouse will offer a special prix-fixe menu during the entire inaugural week (Jan. 19-23). The $20.09 menu (regular lunch prices range from $20-$38) includes appetizers like David Burke's classic pretzel-crusted crab cakes, lobster bisque, wedge salad and Kobe beef sashimi. Electoral entrees boast meaty selections like New York sirloin, Delmonico steak, a 40-day dry-aged burger and pan-roasted king salmon. .

James Hotel, 55 E. Ontario, (312) 337-1000.
After eating at David Burke's, you can walk upstairs to your room in the attached James Hotel. As a special "City of Hope" package, the hotel is offering guests a chance to experience some of the Obama family's favorite things. First, there's the tour of Chicago, taken in the comfort of the James' private Audi, including a trip through Chicago's scenic South Shore and historic Hyde Park. Next on the itinerary is a visit to the architecturally innovative Millennium Park, where you can strap on some ice skates and take a glided tour. Once you're finished, you can warm up in with complimentary hot chocolate and seasonal libations in the James' Lobby Bar. In addition to receiving a copy of Obama's most recent book, The Audacity of Hope, each guest will have the opportunity to dine at one of his favorite restaurants -- Art Smith's Table Fifty-Two. The presidential package starts at $219 per night and is available through Jan. 31.

Dunlays on the Square, 3137 W. Logan, (773) 227-2400.
It's a rare thing for Dunlays to open its doors before dinner, but if there were ever a time to make history, this is it. The Logan Square restaurant will open at 10 a.m. for lunch and will air inauguration coverage on three 42-inch plasma TVs until 4 p.m. A complimentary Obama champagne toast and $5 O-Bombs will be served. The menu will feature Dunlays' favorite appetizers, like blue cheese and chips, house-smoked salmon and barbecue pork chops ($5-$12). Entrees include a slew of sandwiches, such as Dunlays' signature BLT, the Kedzie club, grilled fish and a veggie burger ($8-$12). Kids can score free dinner from 4:30-6:30 p.m.

Hawthorne Race Course, 3501 S. Laramie in Cicero, (708) 780-3700.
Just before or after Obama gives his inaugural address, you can fuel up on a political brunch at Hawthorne from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. for $25. Each guest will receive a complimentary Bloody Mary or mimosa while choosing from dishes like scrambled eggs, Midwestern salad, honey-glazed ham and roast beef. More than 175 flat-screen TVs will air inauguration coverage, and for an extra $15, guests can enjoy a two-hour open bar with brunch. Reservations can be made by calling (708) 780-7050.

C-View, 166 E. Superior, (312) 523-0923.
The recently opened rooftop bar at the Affinia Chicago Hotel is planning an inauguration bash, complete with live music from the Josh Burke Duo (7-9 p.m.), complimentary canapes by executive chef Seth Siegel Gardner and executive pastry chef Toni Roberts. Highlights include treats like barbecue pulled-pork sandwiches, chorizo mac 'n' cheese, chocolate brownies, stars-and-stripes cupcakes and peanut brittle.

FitzGerald's, 6615 W. Roosevelt in Berwyn, (708) 788-2118.
FitzGerald's will mirror Obama's Neighborhood Inaugural Ball at the Washington Convention Center with its own Neighborhood Ball from 7-11 p.m. Taped coverage f Obama being sworn in and entertainment in the nation's capital from the likes of Aretha Franklin and Yo-Yo Ma will be shown on the 16-by-9 foot big screen, followed by a dance party with music by the West Wingers and live video from the inaugural balls in Washington. The $5 cover charge includes a glass of champagne.

InterContinental Chicago, 505 N. Michigan, (312) 944-4100.
Through March 31 for $209 and up, the popular downtown hotel is offering a Presidential Perks package that includes overnight accommodations, two tickets to the Freedom Museum and a classic breakfast buffet.

Stretch Run, 544 N. LaSalle, (312) 644-4477.
Witnessing the inauguration on more than 240 flat-screens should help you feel a little closer to those celebrating in D.C. In addition to its comprehensive coverage, Stretch Run will offer themed drink deals, including Barack on the Rocks with Blue Curacao, orange juice and Sprite, and Barack's Blue Martini with vodka, Blue Curacao and lemonade, $5 each.

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