CHICAGO (WBBM) — If you’re planning to witness the swearing-in ceremony today of Mayor Rahm Emanuel, you will need to leave any large bags at home.

As WBBM Newsradio 780’s Michele Fiore reports, inauguration co-chair Melinda Kelly says for security reasons, large bags will not be allowed inside the gate at the Pritzker Pavilion in Millennium Park, which opens to the public at 8 a.m.

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“Everyone is, again, encouraged to come to Pritzker Pavilion at 8 a.m. You don’t need a ticket. Come with a blanket and lay on the grass,” Kelly said.

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Kelly says large screens should make it easier for those on the lawn to see what’s happening on stage. Longtime friend Rick Jasculca has an idea what Chicago is getting.

“I mean, anything he’s ever done, he has a strategy. He has a plan, and I think people should have a lot of comfort from that.”

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The inauguration starts at 10:30 a.m., and the actual swearing-in will be closer to noon. The new mayor Emanuel will shake hands with the public between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. at City Hall.