Grant Park turns into ‘cemetery for a day’ with over 500 crosses

When runners arrive in Grant Park for a 5K raising money to combat gun violence Thursday evening, they’ll see a stunning display of just how big the problem has become: more than 500 crosses representing murder victims in the city.

More than 40 community organizations are coming together for the “Strides for Peace” 5K. At the start, each participant will walk through a “Crosses for Losses” display before running the race.

Retired master carpenter Greg Zanis, may not be doing his most complex work now, but "Crosses for Losses" is by far his most meaningful. Students volunteered to help the woodworker from Aurora unload more than 500 crosses and plant them in the city’s most prominent park Thursday.

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