Michael Barboza took a minute during the Grant Park rally to consider what comes next.
“I am hoping that Barack brings bi-partisanship to the White House," he said. "I think it will be interesting to see who will be in the cabinet, Hillary Clinton? Bill Richardson? We have to wait and see.”
Others were more focused on celebrating.
Jason Canti chose not to vote. Most all this was a chance to “come to Chicago and party”, he said.
Canti and his companion, Jaclyn Hamilton, a high school teacher from Detroit, traveled four and a half hours to celebrate Obama's victory.
Hamilton waited for 45 minutes so she could vote at 7 this morning when polls opened in Michigan.
“I couldn’t sleep last night”, she said.
Inside Grant Park, supporters of all ages and races erupted into joyous applause as the news that Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States made its way across the field.
Chants of "Yes, we did!" filled the field as the jumbotron noted that Obama will take office during the 100th anniversary of the NAACP.
~ Sabrina Lynnette Espinosa and Christine Langenbach contributed.