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Catholics converge in Des Plaines for Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration

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The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration today is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.

As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for one of the biggest gatherings in the suburbs.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration today is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Pilgrims will pray in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines beginning Tuesday during the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration at the Maryville campus. The event is expected to draw as many as 100,000 worshippers.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

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As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day event.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day event.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration Tuesday is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day event.

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration Tuesday is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

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As many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims are expected to converge on Des Plaines Tuesday for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, the largest gathering of its kind in the Northwest suburbs. "This is the only shrine outside of Mexico. It is definitely a big thing and it's notoriety for the city of Des Plaines, and we're going to handle it as professionally and as properly as we do everything else," Des Plaines Police Chief William Kushner said.
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    • The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration today is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.
    •  As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for one of the biggest gatherings in the suburbs.
    •  The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration today is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.
    •  Pilgrims will pray in front of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines beginning Tuesday during the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration at the Maryville campus. The event is expected to draw as many as 100,000 worshippers.
    •  As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day event.
    •  As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day event.
    •  The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration Tuesday is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.
    •  As many as 100,000 Catholic worshippers will converge on Des Plaines today for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day event.
    •  The annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration Tuesday is expected to draw as many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims to the Maryville in Des Plaines. Police will be closing nearby roads during the two-day celebration.
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