After months of agonizing, debate-watching, live-tweeting, and meme sharing, Election Day is finally here. And once the polls close, there’s not much to do except watch, wait and try not to freak out.
“Depending on how the election turns out, it could change the entire mood of the campus and the city,” said Columbia College’s Student Government Association President Cassandra Norris. “With the President at McCormick Place, we can’t just walk over to the park to celebrate or see him after the results are announced, which is slightly disheartening.”
Keep your spirits up at some of these on-campus Election Night viewing parties (events are for students only unless noted):
University of Chicago
>> 6 p.m., Reynolds Club, 5706 S.University Ave.; 8 p.m. School of Social Service Administration (SSA), 969 E. 60th St.
Sponsored by The Institute of Politics, the Office of the Reynolds Club and Student Activities, Campus and Student Life, and UChicago News. Free.
>> 7 p.m., UIC Student Center West, 828 S. Wolcott Ave., Second Floor, Thompson Room A.
Students will have the chance to play political trivia games, win prizes, and take advantage of the free food offered at UIC’s first-ever Election Night event. Students who show their “I voted” stickers will also have a chance to win prizes. Sponsored by UIC Campus Programs, Campus Housing, the political science department, Undergraduate Student Government, Commuter Student Resource Center. Free.
>> 5 p.m., Centennial Forum Student Union, 1125 W. Loyola Ave.
Light refreshments will be offered to students attending this viewing party in the lobby of the Centennial Forum Students Union. Free.
>> 6:45 p.m., Loyola University Crown Center for the Humanities, 1032 W. Sheridan Rd.
This event is sponsored by the university’s Financial Aid Alliance. Free.
>> 7 p.m., Political Science Department and Political Union Viewing Party, McCormick Tribune Center, 1870 Campus Drive, Evanston.
Northwestern University’s Political Science Department and the Political Union will offer free pizza to anyone joining them for their election viewing party at the McCormick Tribune Center. Free.
>> 7 p.m., Election Night Watch Party for Northwestern Graduate Students sponsored by Civically-Engaged Grads, Glenwood Bar, 6962 North Glenwood Ave.
Inaugural event for Civically-Engaged Grads, a student organization at Northwestern aimed at building a community of graduate students interested in volunteer work, political advocacy or engaged research. First 25 students will receive a drink special. Families of grad students welcome.
>> 3 to 11 p.m. Lincoln Park Campus, Student Center Atrium, 2250 N. Sheffield Ave.
>> 6:30 p.m., Election Night Coverage That ROCKS, C101 33 E. Congress Pkwy.
As part of Columbia College’s Creative Nonfiction Week, Jim DeRogatis of WBEZ’s “Sound Opinions” will host a night of political talks with Steve Rhodes, John Schultz, Tom Burrell, and other guests. Free and open to the public.
>> 7 p.m., Presidential Party at Columbia College: “There Can Only Be One,” 1104 Center at 1104 S. Wabash.
Advertised as a “one-of-a-kind” Election Night viewing party, Columbia College’s Student Government Association will host a "Highlander"- and boxing-themed event featuring free food and a talking heads debate. Every hour partygoers will be updated with voter percentages and actors from the school’s Improv Club will “box” each other based on the results. Sponsored by the Columbia College Student Government Association, WCRX, Student Engagement, The Columbia Chronicle, and others. Free with Student ID.
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
>> 7 p.m., LeRoy Neiman Center in the Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash, Suite 201.
Food and drinks will be provided for SAIC community members who want to watch live coverage of election results. There’s a possibility that a certain faculty member will be giving out vinyl records to students who voted. Free.
>> 7 p.m., Wabash Building Student Housing Viewing Party, 425 S. Wabash, 14th Floor Recreation Room.
Electoral maps that will be colored in by students as state results come in will be featured at this party, along with information about the presidential candidates’ positions and past electoral voting from each state. Free.