What to know about the inauguration of Brandon Johnson

Brandon Johnson is set to become Chicago’s 57th mayor May 15.

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Brandon Johnson waves to a supporter after speaking at his election night party at the Marriott Marquis Chicago after defeating Paul Vallas in the mayoral runoff election on Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

Brandon Johnson waves to a supporter after speaking at his election night party at the Marriott Marquis Chicago after defeating Paul Vallas in the mayoral runoff election, Tuesday, April 4, 2023.

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Brandon Johnson is set to become Chicago’s 57th mayor when he’s sworn in Monday at Credit Union 1 Arena. Here’s everything to know about the ceremonies and festivities surrounding the city’s new leader:

When will Johnson’s inauguration take place?

Johnson is set to be sworn in at 10:30 a.m. May 15 at Credit Union 1 Arena, 525 S. Racine Ave., at the University of Illinois Chicago.

Where can I watch Johnson’s inauguration?

Tickets for the inauguration at the former UIC Pavilion are sold out, but residents still hoping to attend in person can join the waitlist in case spots free up.

Those who have secured tickets can start entering the arena at 8:30 a.m. Monday and should allow for time to go through security, according to Johnson’s team.

The city is also livestreaming the ceremony on its social media channels.

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Will the Chicago City Council also be sworn in?

Yes, City Council members will also be sworn in during the inauguration ceremony.

What other events are scheduled for inauguration day?

Johnson plans to hold an open house at City Hall at 2 p.m. Chicagoans can line up outside his fifth-floor office to greet him.

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