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Do This: Marine Week

By Samantha Abernethy in Arts & Entertainment on May 13, 2009 6:40PM

Image from the Marine Week website.

If you've noticed an abundance of men and women in uniform around town, it's because it is the first ever Marine Week here in Chicago. It kicked off Monday morning and continues through Sunday night. The Marines will be showcasing their talents around town all week. You can see the full list of events here, but here is a list of events that are free and open to the public.

Head out to Soldier Field tonight for a martial arts demonstration, 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., followed by a musical performance by the Silent Drill Platoon, "The Commandant's Own," until 9:00 p.m.

Marines will be at Navy Pier, 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p,m., and The 29 Palms Marine Band will perform at the Navy Pier Dock Street Stage, 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

From 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. there will be Marine Corps martial arts demonstrations as part of "Chicago Moves Day" at Daley Plaza. (50 W. Washington)

The Marines return to Navy Pier, 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and then the Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon, "The Commandant's Own," will perform on the Skyline Stage, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

The Chicago Spring Half Marathon will kick off from Wacker Drive at 7:00 a.m. Marine Corps runners will participate and the 29 Palms Marine Band will perform.

The Marines will also be at Navy Pier again, 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

They'll close up the week with The United States Marine Corps Battle Color Ceremony at the Arlington Park Racetrack, 6:00-7:30 p.m.