Chicago area celebrates holiday traditions

December 14, 2009 6:15:49 AM PST
A huge crowd turned out Friday night in Des Plaines for the annual celebration of the Virgin of Guadalupe.Aztec dancing was part of an evening of festivities that will continue past midnight.

This is the 478th anniversary of the day that the Virgin Mary is said to have visited an Aztec native who converted to Catholicism.

In Libertyville, others lighted a nine-foot-tall menorah on the first night of Hanukkah.

It was put up by 14-year-old Olivia Simmons as part of a project that celebrates Jewish heritage.