The event comes just one day after teen mother Janay McFarlane’s funeral and one week after President Barack Obama spoke to Chicagoans on the issue of violence.
McFarlane, 18, was shot hours after her sister attended the President’s speech, which featured another slain area teen and gun violence victim Hadiya Pendleton.
McFarlane's younger sister, 14-year-old Destini Warren said the President's speech "really connected to what was going on."
The President's speech called for "commonsense" reforms such as comprehensive background checks and a ban on assault weapons and high-capacity magazines.
But he acknowledged that violent crime isn't just a gun issue. He said it's also a matter of building communities and shared and personal responsibility.
To strengthen families and communities, the president called for an expansion of early childhood education, the growth of programs similar to Chicago's "College to Careers" program, and tax breaks to business owners to hire and invest in rough neighborhoods.
A man is being held on $3 million bond in connection with McFarlane's murder.