As many as 100,000 Catholic pilgrims converged on Des Plaines Tuesday night and Wednesday for the annual Our Lady of Guadalupe celebration, the largest gathering of its kind in the Northwest suburbs.
The festival honoring the Patroness of the Americas began about 4 p.m. Tuesday and continued through the closing Mass at 8 p.m. Wednesday at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, 1170 N. River Road, adjacent to the Maryville Academy campus in Des Plaines.
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The first celebration of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines was held 25 years ago. The event marks the anniversary of the appearance of Our Lady of Guadalupe in 1531 to an Aztec Indian in Mexico.