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Where to watch the vice presidential debate in Chicago

Zach Long
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Zach Long

Now that you’ve seen Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump duke it out in a moderated debate, it's time to hear from the two men who will be a heartbeat away from assuming the presidency of the United States if their respective candidate wins. The vice presidential debate may not seem as exciting as Clinton and Trump's verbal sparring, but Indiana Governor Mike Pence (R) and Virginia Senator Tim Kaine (D) are formidable politicians with plenty to discuss. Whether you just want to get to know the potential veep or hear their views on the issues, here's a guide to a few events in Chicago where you'll be able to take in the debate on Tuesday, October 4 at 8pm.

Chicago History Museum

The latest event in the Chicago History Museum’s debate series hosts Saint Louis University law professor Joel Goldstein, who will discuss the role that vice presidential candidates play in the election and in debates. The museum will open its doors to ticket holders at 6pm, ahead of the panel at 7pm and a viewing of the vice presidential debate beginning at 8pm. Admission is $10 or $5 for CHM members, WBEZ members and students. Tickets are available here.


Bucktown event space HQ hosts another live debate viewing party, complete with a post-debate discussion of the issues and the role of government (supporters from both sides of the aisle and everywhere in-between are encouraged to attend). Doors open at 7:30pm for this free event and wine and beer will be available for purchase during the viewing.

O’Shaughnessy’s Public House

Drinking Liberally, a group of left-leaning individuals who meet regularly to talk about politics, host a vice presidential debate viewing in Uptown at O’Shaughnessy’s Public House, where attendees can enjoy food, a few drinks and a bit of lively discussion.

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