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Events Honoring the 10th Anniversary of 9/11


In honor of the 10th anniversary of 9/11, Chicago is remembering the country’s 9/11 heroes and those lost on that tragic day. Here is a round-up of 9/11 events happening in Chicago and in nearby suburbs. If you have a 9/11 anniversary event listing, please e-mail information to Chicago@aboutguide.com.

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1. Shedd Aquarium -- Free Admission

Starting Sunday, September 11, through Friday, September 16, the Shedd Aquarium (1200 S. Lake Shore Drive ) is offering free admission to active-duty military personnel, as well as Chicago police officers and firefighters and their families. The Shedd is open from 8:30 a.m. – 6 p.m. daily. After Labor Day, hours change to 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. during the week and 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. on weekends and holidays until Memorial Day.  

2. Chicago Half Marathon on September 11

The 15th Chicago Half Marathon, which takes place on September 11, will be commemorating this important day with a variety of events, including:

  • A NYFD fire truck that was on-site in New York City on 9/11 will lead the runners for the first mile of the race in remembrance of the brave firemen who were lost at the World Trade Center.
  • Runners will be encouraged to wear red, white, and blue clothing to show their patriotism.
  • 2,573 flags will be placed throughout the race in remembrance of the 2,573 people who lost their lives on September 11.
  • The Marine Corps Color Guard will act as flag bearers and will present the flags of the United States and that of the Marine Corps and will be flanked by two rifle-bearers.
  • A Marathon Foto patriotic ground graphic will appear on the course. Runners can have their picture taken while running over the commemorative graphic.
  • Aid Stations will be decorated in Red, White, and Blue to show the patriotic spirit.

Registration for the Chicago Half Marathon is $100. The race starts at 7 a.m. at Jackson Park (S. Lake Shore Drive & 63rd Street).

3. Community Service of Commemoration in Chicago

A Community Service of Commemoration will take place at Fourth Presbyterian Church (126 E. Chestnut Street) at 7 p.m. on September 11 hosted by Chicago Sinai Congregation, the Downtown Islamic Center, Fourth Presbyterian Church, and Holy Name Cathedral. The event will include prayer and reflections by leaders from each of the faith communities and instrumental music by Lamajamal, as well as the world premiere of “Voices of Peace” sung by a 95-member choir made up of members of Chicago Sinai, Fourth Church, and Holy Name. Composed by Aaron David Miller, the piece weaves together texts from children’s poetry on the theme of peace.

4. West Chicago Park District 9/11 Event

Join the West Chicago Park District in honoring a special “Hometown Hero” and all of the victims of 9/11 on September 11 from 6 – 8 p.m. at Reed Keppler Park (250 National Street in West Chicago).

5. Buffalo Grove 9/11 Event

Buffalo Grove, Illinois will hold a 9/11 Commemorative Event at 3 p.m. on September 11 at the Buffalo Grove High School. The event will include music by the Buffalo Grove Symphonic Band, representation from the Buffalo Grove Police and Fire departments, and speakers from the military and local clergy.

6. Chicago Fire Department Memorial Stair Climb

The Chicago Fire Department is holidng a 9/11 Memorial Stair Climb on September 10 at the Aon Center (200 E. Randolph Street) to pay tribute on the10th anniversary of the 9/11 tragedies. This stair climb will honor those FDNY members who lost their lives. Cost is $25 per climber who is encouraged to raise $100 for the cause.

7. Ground Zero 360 Exhibit at the Field Museum

The Field Museum has a special exhibit, Ground Zero 360, to commemorate the 10th anniversary 9/11. Ground Zero 360 will run from September 2 through the end of the year at the Field Museum (1400 S. Lake Shore Drive) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. It is free with basic museum admission.

8. Village of Bellwood 9/11 Event

The Village of Bellwood is hosting a 9/11 Memorial Service on September 9, at 10:00 a.m. outside of Village Hall. Refreshments will be served. In case of inclement weather, service will be held in the firehouse.

9. Naperville 9/11 Event

The City of Naperville and the Naperville Exchange Club will commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11 n Sunday, September 11, with a service held at the Commander Dan Shanower Memorial. At 12:30 p.m. the Millennium Carillon bells will toll; at 12:45 p.m. the Naperville Municipal Band will perform; and presentations will begin at 1 p.m. with a keynote address by U.S. Navy Rear Admiral Richard Porterfield who served as Commander Shanower's superior officer.

10. Lockport 9/11 Event

A ceremony remembering the attacks of 9/11 will be held at the East Campus of Lockport Township High School beginning with the annual observance at 9:30 a.m. at Central Square, then continuing with an observance during the World War II re-enactment sponsored by the Lockport Township Park District, along with a patriotic music prelude at 5:45 p.m in the auditorium of the East Campus, (1333 E. Seventh Street).

11. Commemorative 9/11 Prayer Breakfast

The Chicago Bar Association and its Young Lawyers Section is hosting a series of events to honor “the spirit of unity we as a nation experienced after the horrific terror attacks of 9/11,” including a 9/11 Commemorative Prayer Breakfast on Wednesday, September 7, from 8 - 9 a.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Standard Club (320 S. Plymouth Court). The breakfast program will feature several readings honoring those who lost their lives on 9/11o and remarks from Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. For reservations, contact Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057 or tdrees@chicagobar.org.
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