Sunday marks the tenth anniversary of the September 11 attacks, and people from all across Chicagoland are remembering and honoring those who lost their lives that day.
The Field Museum, at 1400 South Lake Shore Drive, installed blue lights on the north facade of the museum, similar to the lights that shone upward at the World Trade Center site after the towers fell. The lights will shine every evening September 7 through September 30. A bagpiper will play "Amazing Grace" in the museum's main hall on Sunday at noon. The new "Ground Zero 360" exhibit, commemorating the first responders of the attacks, opened September 2, and will run through through January 1, 2012.
The Chicago Fire Department will honor the Fire Department of New York's members who lost their lives on September 11, by hosting a stair climb at the Aon Building, 200 East Randolph Street. The climb will begin at 9:11 a.m. on Saturday, and there will be a short ceremony prior to the start of the climb.
The Council of Religious Leaders of Metropolitan Chicago and the Council of Islamic Organizations of Greater Chicago will host an event at Daley Plaza, 50 West Washington Street, Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. The event is being held to remember victims, recognize responders and renew commitment to work for a better future.
The 15th Annual Chicago Half Marathon and 5K will commemorate 9/11 with a NYFD fire truck, which was on-site in New York City on September 11, leading the runners for the first mile of the race at 7:00 a.m. The Marine Corps Color Guard will participate in activities and world champion short-track speed-skater Apolo Ohno will be at the race. The start and finish of the race will be at Jackson Park, South Lake Shore Drive and 63rd Street, 5700 South Lake Shore Drive.
The Chicago Botanic Garden, located at 1000 Lake Cook Road in Glencoe, will hold a memorial carillon concert from 7:45 a.m. to 10:20 a.m. on Sunday. The performance will include the song "In Memoriam," followed by a bell toll for each person who perished as a result of the attacks.
The Village of Orland Park will host a ceremony that includes organizations in the community, music groups and guest speakers from three military branches with Orland Park ties. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Sunday at the Village of Orland Park Veterans Memorial, located at 14700 South Ravinia Avenue.
The Lisle Teens with Character will hold its annual 9/11 Memorial Car Wash on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The car wash will take place at the Culver's Restaurant parking lot, located at 2500 Ogden Avenue in Downer's Grove. All the proceeds will go to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.
The Lake Villa Township will host a September 11 remembrance, honoring the first responders and the men and women from the community that have served in the war on terrorism. The remembrance will take place at 1:00 p.m. at Lake Villa Township Caboose Park, 37908 North Fairfield Road. Navy Region Midwest Chief of Staff Captain Caroline Nielson will be the keynote speaker.
The Harris Theater for Music and Dance, 205 East Randolph Drive, will host a "9/11: 10 Years and Beyond" annual concert for peace at 3:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, and $5 for students and seniors. To order tickets, call the Harris Theater box office at 312-334-7777.
Congressman Danny K. Davis, elected officials and community residents will hold a candlelight vigil on Sunday at 7:00 p.m. at Homan Square, 3333 West Arthington Street.
Pizza D.O.C., located at 2251 West Lawrence Avenue, are inviting military personnel, firefighters and police officers, with proper identification, to enjoy a free meal at their restaurant September 11 from 11:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m.
The Fourth Presbyterian Church of Chicago, located on the corner of North Michigan Avenue and Delaware Place, will host a "Community Service of Commemoration" hosted by Chicago Sinai Congregation, the Downtown Islamic Center, Fourth Presbyterian Church and Holy Name Cathedral. This service will start at 7:00 p.m. and a reception will follow in the Fourth Church's Anderson Hall.