Remember 9/11 Around Chicago

September 10, 2011

This weekend marks the 10-year anniversary of 9/11. There is barely a state, city, suburb or community that isn’t commemorating the somber day in some way.

Some of those cities will be solemnizing the date with memorials that were built using pieces of steel from the World Trade Center, including three Chicago suburbs:

*Darien will unveil its memorial behind Middlesex Middle School, 204 Hollow Tree Ridge Rd., in a ceremony beginning at 8:45 a.m. Sunday.

*Des Plaines will place its monument outside the Des Plaines Civic Center, 1420 Miner Street. A 9/11 Memorial Dedication and “Patriot Day” Ceremony will begin at 8 a.m. Sunday.

part of the sculpture in oak lawn

Part of the memorial created by sculptor Erik Blome in Oak Lawn.

*Oak Lawn will put its memorial near the Oak Lawn Metra Station, 9525 S. Tulley Ave., and will unveil it with a dedication beginning at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey received more than 900,000 applications to receive the 1,100 pieces of steel from the twin towers. There was no charge for the steel, but one of the rules for the World Trade Center beams is that they must be displayed somewhere where the public can view them.

Here are some other options for commemorating this solemn anniversary. Check with your Village to find out what’s going on in your hometown.

*Chicago Aquarium: The John G. Shedd Aquarium, 1200 S. Lake Shore Drive, is honoring the first responders on 9/11 by offering free admission to active-duty military personnel, Chicago police officers, firefighters and up to four guests to the museum from Sunday, September 11 through Friday, September 16. For more information, visit or call (312) 939-2438.

*Chicago Museum: The Chicago Field Museum, 1400 S. Lake Shore Drive, is running a special exhibit to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 called Ground Zero 360. The exhibit will be there through January 2; a bagpiper will play Amazing Grace at noon on Sunday. For more information, visit or call (312) 922-9410.

*Chicago Community: The Chicago Sinai Congregation, the Downtown Islamic Center, Fourth Presbyterian Church and Holy Name Cathedral are hosting ‘A Community Service of Commemoration’ at Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, 126 E. Chestnut, on Sunday at 7 p.m. The free event will honor those lost in the attacks and will include leaders from each faith community.

Again, to find out what events are going on in your neighborhood, contact your Village Hall. I also found a great list of events going on around the Chicago area on ABC-7 Chicago.

Everyone should take a moment this weekend to reflect on the events that happened 10 years ago September 11.

Then, pray for peace and go hug your neighbor.

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