The 28th annual National Night Out was held Tuesday with various events throughout Chicagoland and the country.
The event aims to develop and improve relationships between police officers and their communities, as well as send a message to criminals that residents care about their neighborhoods.
"We have to be proactive. We have to enter into a partnership with our police department," said Ald. Bob Fioretti (2nd) at an event at True Rock Church in the South Loop.
The event was attended by Chicago Police Supt. Garry McCarthy and was just one of the 25 planned in each of the city's police districts.
National Night Out was created by the National Association of Town Watch in 1984. More than 15,000 communities nationwide were expected to take part this year.
|In Cicero, neighbors met with neighbors with food and fun activities for children.|