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Photos: Thousands Turn Out For 'March For Our Lives' In Chicago

Thousands packed Union Park on Saturday on Chicago’s near west side first to rally, and then to march for an end to gun violence.

It was one of hundreds of marches organized by young people across the country.

Chicago’s rally had a heavy focus not only on school shootings like the one in Parkland, Florida, but on the everyday gun violence faced by young people.

(Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

(Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

At the rally, Dalia Aragon held a photograph of her younger brother, who was killed in 2016 on his way to work. “It’s just sad that we have to be out here fighting for this when we should be at home with our loved ones,” said Aragon. She says she wants tougher gun laws and justice for her brother.  (Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

(Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

Youth from Good Kids Mad City staged a die-in outside the Stroger Hospital Emergency Room before joining the March for Our LIves.  (Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

(Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

The rally featured music, poetry and lots of chanting. (Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

Naomi Claudia decided to work as a volunteer at Saturday’s march after organizing a walkout and rally at her Chicago high school. ”This is something I’m really passionate about, because I have lost lots of family members to gun violence.  I’ve lost people that died innocently — not just from school shootings but everyday living in Chicago.” (Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

Asmaa Abdeldaien and Shaza Hussein came from Crown Point, Indiana, to the march. They said it was an opportunity to get people from different communities to unite for one thing.  (Linda Lutton/WBEZ)

Correction: The original headline for this story incorrectly called the "March For Our Lives" demonstration as the "March For Life." The headline has been updated. 

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