Local Egyptians plan to rally today at 2 p.m. near the Egyptian Consulate at 500 North Michigan Avenue.
Several Facebook events, including one that has 97 confirmed guests, show that activists will march silently and carry signs that call for an end to Egyptian president Hosbi Mubarak's authoritarian rule.
"We need to support the Egyptian people in their struggle for freedom and point out the failure of Obama's administration in supporting democratic change in Egypt," the event information reads.
Other Egyptian expatriates living in Chicago are waiting for news from their relatives abroad. Sherif Elsayed, who left Egypt 17 years ago, received a video from his adult niece in an e-mail -- it shows her also marching on the street.
"The time has come," he said. "I just don't want people to die. I want them to be able to speak their opinion and still live."
Published at 10:45 AM CST on Jan 29, 2011