Emanuel gears up for inauguration

The inauguration of Rahm Emanuel as mayor of the city of Chicago.

May 16, 2011 5:54:54 AM PDT
The mayor-elect spent the weekend celebrating with Chicagoans with a power-packed schedule, even though it was rainy and gloomy outside.

On Saturday, Rahm Emanuel was weeding and planting flowers at two community gardens, including one in West Garfield Park, as part of a citywide day of service. Later, Emanuel and his family put on ponchos to enjoy a free afternoon concert in Grant Park headlined by the band Chicago. Rainy weather kept crowds smaller than expected.

On Saturday night, Emanuel went to an invitation-only cocktail party on the West Side. And on Sunday, he reached out to Chicago's religious community, going to the Council of Religious Leaders' interfaith luncheon at the Marriott Hotel downtown.

Vice President Joe Biden will be there Monday morning, along with other big names. The inaugural events kick off Monday at 10:30 a.m.