A giant "Baby Trump" flew over the crowd. Trump was depicted as "El Diablo" on a high-flying flag. Demonstrators waved "Vote Blue" banners -- the message was unmistakable.
Angered by the bitter fight over new US Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh and what they called the "anti-woman agenda" of the Trump administration and the Republican Party, women -- and men -- rallied in the Windy City.
The "March to the Polls" event -- which began in Grant Park and was to wrap up downtown -- came just as voter registration deadlines neared in most states and early voting ramped up in more than a dozen states including Illinois.
Hillary Clinton appeared in a video message played on a giant screen, encouraging people to register to vote.
"Imagine being able to hold this administration accountable," Clinton said, echoing the general sentiment that the election is a barometer of Trump's popularity.
"We wanted to lead into the midterms and encourage women to get out and vote," Jessica Scheller, head of Women's March Chicago, which organized the event, told AFP.
Saturday's events included a street festival-like "Voter Village" where dozens of community groups and politicians set up booths to reach new voters and encourage political involvement.
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