Chicago Area Events for Veterans, Their Children and Their Grandchildren on 11/11

November 10, 2010

Veterans DayThursday, November 11 is Veteran’s Day, a day to honor the people who have served our country in times of peace and in war.

It’s also a day when the kids have no school.

So, what to do?

The Chicago Park District is offering some Veterans’ Fun Day events to keep your young ones active and supervised this Thursday.

Where: Margate Park, 4921 N. Marine Drive, Chicago

When: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

What: A day filled with sports, games and arts & crafts

Ages: 6 to 12

Cost: $15

Where: Amundsen Park, 6200 Bloomingdale Ave., Chicago

When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

What: Low-organized games and arts & crafts

Ages: 6 to 12

Cost: Free

Where: McFetridge Sports Center, aka California Park, 3843 N. California, Chicago

When: noon to 1:30 p.m.

What: Skating at the center’s indoor ice rink

Ages: All

Cost: Ages 12 and under = $4; 13-59 = $5; 60 and up = $2; skate rental is also available

Where: Welles Park, 2333 W. Sunnyside Ave., Chicago

When: 2 to 3:45 p.m.

What: Wear your gym shoes for a fun afternoon with HOPSports

Ages: 6 to 14

Cost: Free

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Whether you have children or not, you might want to check out the Veterans Day Ceremony at Soldier Field, where guest speakers include:

*Mayor Richard M. Daley

*Mary Pettinato, co-founder and president of Honor Flight Chicago, a group that honors veterans of World War II by taking them to Washington D.C. to see the WWII Memorial.

*Irving Abramson, a WWII Veteran and one-time Honor Flight Chicago passenger.

The free program begins at 11 a.m. at Soldier Field, 1410 S. Museum Campus Dr., Chicago, on the south side of the stadium at the Doughboy Statue near Gate O.

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If you are a veteran, this day is for you. There are a number of businesses that are offering free items to those who have served in the armed forces, including:

*Applebee’s Restaurant: Free dinners to veterans throughout Veterans Day Nov. 11th; selections will be from a new Veterans Day menu.

*Outback Steakhouse: Free Blooming Onion and beverage.

*Subway: Free six-inch subs to all veterans or active-duty service members.

*Krispy Kreme: One free doughnut of any variety.

*UNO Chicago Grill: Free entree or individual pizza with an entree or pizza purchase of equal or greater value.

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There are events being planned all over the Chicago suburbs on Thursday to honor Veterans Day. Check out the Daily Herald for even more events and information.

Arlington Heights: “In The Mood: A Salute to Veterans Day;” 1 and 7:30 p.m. at Metropolis Performing Arts Centre, 111 W. Campbell St. Tickets $35 at or call (847) 577-2121.

Aurora: Aurora’s Veterans Day Parade steps off at 10:15 a.m. at Benton and Water streets, heads north on Broadway to Downer Place and west to the Grand Army of the Republic Memorial Hall, 23 E. Downer Place, where a ceremony “Honoring All Who Served” starts at about 10:30 a.m. An open house runs 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the G.A.R. Memorial museum. For more information, call (630) 844-4731.

Aurora: Fox Valley Park District hosts a Veterans Day Luncheon from noon to 1 p.m. at the Prisco Community Center, 150 W. Illinois Ave. The lunch features speakers from Honor Flight Chicago. Veterans are free; guests cost $6 per person. For more information, call (630) 859-8606.

Barrington: Veterans Day ceremony, 11 a.m., Main and Cook Streets.

Bartlett: Veterans Memorial Site dedication, 11 a.m., on the south side of Stearns Road, west of the intersection with South Bartlett Road. Visit

Bartlett: James Robideau shares his experience in the service and as general counsel for the Illinois Department of Veterans’ Affairs, 3:30 p.m. at Victory Centre of Bartlett, 1101 W. Bartlett Road. Call (630) 213-0100.

Bensenville: Bensenville Park District holds a Veterans Day Breakfast from 9 to 11:30 a.m. at White Pines Golf Club, 500 W. Jefferson, Bensenville. Donations of Slim Jims and Beef Jerky taken for Operation Support Our Troops. Cost is $5, free for veterans and spouses. Advance registration required. For more information, call (630) 766-7015.

Crystal Lake: McHenry County College will host a Veterans Day Recognition program beginning with patriotic music by the MCC Concert Band and Chorus at 9 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room in Building A at the college, 8900 Route 14 in Crystal Lake.

Buffalo Grove: 12:15 p.m. reception, 1:30 p.m. program, Buffalo Grove High School, 1100 W. Dundee Road, Buffalo Grove. Entertainment, free refreshments, speeches, flag ceremony, 21-gun salute and a presentation about war dogs. Visit

Des Plaines: Veterans Day program, 11 a.m., Lake Park Memorial Pavilion. Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2992 and American Legion Post 36 put on a 45-minute program. For details, call VFW Commander David Murphy at (847) 648-1036.

Des Plaines: Veterans Day celebration from 12-3 p.m., Des Plaines Public Library, 1501 Ellinwood. Includes a Pearl Harbor display, uniform display, crafts projects, letter writing to active military with a pocket-size flag. All ages are invited. VFW Post 2992 presents “Visit With A Veteran” from 1-3 p.m. Veterans who served in World War II, Korea and other conflicts are available to meet and greet. Visit or or call (847) 299-1886 or (847) 391-5399.

Glen Ellyn: A Veterans Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Lake Ellyn Park. Multiple speakers are planned, and the Glenbard South High School band will perform.

Glendale Heights: Ceremonies begin at 11 a.m. at Veterans Memorial Park, 220 Civic Center Plaza, and include a flag and color guard presentation, rifle salute and tribute to our Fallen Warriors. For more information, call (630) 909-5302.

Hanover Park: Alberto Velasco, a veteran who was paralyzed in a car accident and now works as a military liaison for U.S. Rep. Peter Roskam, speaks at 7 p.m. at village hall, 2121 W. Lake St. Refreshments will be served.

Hoffman Estates: Veterans Day ceremony, 10:45 a.m., Veterans Memorial site at the new Police Department building, 411 W. Higgins Road. For information, call (847) 781-2844.

Hoffman Estates: Members of Streamwood VFW Post 5150 will participate in Veterans Day activities with students at St. Hubert Catholic School, 729 Grand Canyon Street, Hoffman Estates, starting at 8:30 a.m.

Libertyville: A special Veteran’s Breakfast sponsored by the Second Brigade Motorcycle Club will be held at 9 a.m. for 17 veterans who reside at Winchester House, 1125 N. Milwaukee Ave., Libertyville. Military guests will include about 80 Navy and Marines from nearby Great Lakes Naval Station. For information, call Mary Purnell, (847) 377-7225.

Lindenhurst: Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. at the Lindenhurst Veterans Memorial on the village hall grounds, 2301 E. Sand Lake Road.

Mount Prospect: Veterans Day ceremony, 10:45 a.m., Lion’s Park Recreation Center, 300 E. Council Trail. A 21-gun salute will be fired, followed by the keynote speaker, Lt. Michael Gumina, U.S. Navy, an Afghanistan veteran. Hosted by Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1337. Special seating for veterans.

Naperville: The annual Veterans Days ceremony begins at 11:11 a.m. in Veterans Park, 303 E. Gartner Road, Naperville. For more information, call (630) 355-7664.

Oakbrook Terrace: A Veterans Day ceremony begins at 11 a.m. at Chapel Hill Gardens West in the Victory Garden, 17W201 Roosevelt Road. For more information, call (630) 941-8300 or visit

Oakbrook Terrace: The Oakbrook Terrace Park District hosts a Veterans Day ceremony at 1:30 p.m. at the Dorothy Drennan Park, Eisenhower and Nimitz roads. For more information, call (630) 627-6100.

Palatine: American Legion Post 690 Veterans Day Program at 10:25 a.m. at the Veterans Memorial in Community Park, at the intersection of Northwest Highway and East Wood Street. Palatine Mayor Jim Schwantz will present the keynote address. Rifle salute and playing of taps at 11 a.m.

Prospect Heights: Breakfast for any veteran from Arlington Heights, Mount Prospect, Prospect Heights and Wheeling at 8:30 a.m. at MacArthur Middle School, 700 Schoenbeck Road. Served by MacArthur students, followed by a seventh- and eighth-grade assembly featuring the band, chorus and orchestra. Students will make speeches about America, the flag and Veterans Day. The veterans will be introduced individually.

Schaumburg: Veterans Day remembrance, 11 a.m. at Veterans Gateway Park, southwest corner of Schaumburg and Roselle roads. Pledge of Allegiance by veteran Graham McNamee, speech by Bob Napier, past commander of VFW Post 2202, guns salute by post commander Joe Wein, Taps.

Waukegan: The Veterans Day Parade lines up at 9:30 a.m. at Grand and Genesee, and the parade steps off at 10:30 a.m. going south on Genesee to Washington Street then west to Veterans Memorial Plaza. There will be a moment of silence and rifle salute at 11:11 a.m. A buffet luncheon will follow at Christ’s Church, 410 Grand Ave. Veterans and military eat for free, $3 per person for the general public. For details, call (847) 599-2525.

West Chicago: West Chicago Mayor Michael Kwasman is the keynote speaker at a Veterans Day ceremony that begins at 10:45 a.m. and ends with a 21-gun salute at 11:11 a.m. at the West Chicago VFW Hall, 431 N. Neltnor. For more information, call (630) 231-9823.

Wheaton: Carol Stream American Legion Post 76 has a Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 10:45 a.m. in Memorial Park, 208 W. Union Ave., Wheaton.

Wheaton: Veterans Day events at Cantigny Park and 1st Infantry Division Museum include a luminaria tribute from 6 to 9 p.m. with 2,200 candles honoring fallen soldiers, as well as Veterans Voices, in which re-enactors will read letters from soldiers, at 7:30 p.m. in the museum, Cantigny Park, 1S151 Winfield Road, Wheaton. Museum hours are extended to 9 p.m. Free. For more information, visit or call (630) 260-8187.

Wheeling: Veterans Day presentation, 11 a.m. to noon, Indian Trails Public Library District, 355 S. Schoenbeck Road. Veterans will be honored. Call (847) 459-4100 or visit

Villa Park: The VFW Post 2801 hosts a Veterans Day ceremony at 10:30 a.m. at the post home, 39 E. St. Charles Road, Villa Park. The ceremony will be followed by a light lunch. For more information, call (630) 834-8191.

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Chicagoland Real Estate Forum wishes everyone a peaceful Veterans Day and sends out a special THANK YOU! to all service men and women — and their families — for all they have sacrificed for our country.

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