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Uber threw a party for its drivers in Chicago on Monday that drew many more people than the ride-hailing company likely anticipated.
The event at Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry was billed as a driver-appreciation party, where Uber drivers were each allowed to bring three guests.
But so many people showed up that it caused a traffic gridlock in a section of Hyde Park, according to a report from The Chicago Tribune.
“That many people going to one place is just dangerous,” local resident John Morrison told The Chicago Tribune, recalling that he saw vehicles, including a bus, driving on the wrong side of the road just to bypass the traffic.
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An Uber driver-appreciation party on Monday evening drew so many people to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, it caused traffic gridlock in a portion of Hyde Park.

A report from The Chicago Tribune described an army of people and vehicles heading toward the venue around 6:30 p.m., apparently prompted in part by Uber’s move to allow drivers to each bring three guests to the party.

Uber spokesman Josh Gold said in a statement to Business Insider on Tuesday that the company is “thankful for the thousands of partner drivers and their families who attended” the party.

“However, over a thousand more than RSVP’d came and we had to close admission to the event for everyone’s safety when the rented portion of the venue reached capacity,” Gold said.

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John Morrison, a Chicago resident cited by the Tribune, said “that many people going to one place is dangerous,” recalling that he saw vehicles, including a bus, driving on the wrong side of the road just to avoid traffic.

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