As the city of Chicago continues to mourn the Thursday death of the city's former first lady Maggie Daley, a public memorial will be held Sunday at the Chicago Cultural Center.
The wake will be held at the center's Preston Bradley Hall from noon until 10 p.m., the Chicago Sun-Times reports. Attendees are urged to enter the event from the center's Washington Street entrance. She will also be memorialized at a funeral mass at her long-time church, Old St. Patrick's Church, 700 W. Adams at 10:30 a.m. Monday.
Hundreds of people waited outside the Chicago Cultural Center Sunday to pay their respects to Daley Sunday, WBEZ reports. At noon, theaters across Chicago turned off their marquee lights until 10 p.m., the end of the wake, in the former first lady's honor, ABC Chicago reports.
(Scroll down to view a gallery of Maggie Daley through the years.)
Meanwhile, Chicago's city flag has been lowered to half-staff. A memorial bunting has been placed over City Hall's LaSalle Street entrance, in addition to a floral display. Gallery 37 for the Arts, 66 E. Randolph Street, will also have a book on display that children who have been touched by Chicago's former first lady's work may sign.
Maggie Daley died at home, surrounded by family just after 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving, Thursday, at the age of 68. She was first diagnosed with breast cancer in 2002 and had been in and out of the hospital since then. But despite the illness, she had remained visible in city life through this year.
Mourning Maggie's death, Mayor Rahm Emanuel described the wife of his predecessor, former mayor Richard M. Daley, as the "heart" of the city. Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn noted that "the state of Illinois lost a great treasure" with her death. Emanuel is expected to declare an official day of mourning and moment of silence in her honor.
President Obama issued a statement describing Maggie Daley as "an extraordinary woman who dedicated her life to public service," as reported by the Chicago Tribune.
"While she will be sorely missed, her initiatives on behalf of Chicago's youth live on as national models for how to create environments for children to learn and grow outside the classroom," Obama continued. "Maggie's commitment to children and the people of Chicago was surpassed only by her devotion to her family."
Saturday, After School Matters participants gathered to honor the former Chicago first lady's memory. "She is the reason I am who I am today because I found people who help me and who support me," one participant in the program, Dorian Rhea, told ABC.
Chicago magazine has a fantastic roundup of other Chicagoans' reactions to Maggie Daley's passing.
One of Maggie Daley's final public appearances was at her 27-year-old daughter Lally's Nov. 17 wedding. The ceremony had initially been scheduled to take place on New Year's Eve, but had been moved up so that Maggie could fully participate in the festivities. That night, Lally wore the same dress her mother had worn during her 1972 wedding to her father, NBC Chicago reported.
In lieu of flowers, the Daley family has asked that donations be made to either After School Matters or Northwestern Memorial Hospital's Cancer Care Center.
In honor of Maggie Daley's commitment to the city's artistic community, the Chicago Human Rhythm Project are offering up free tickets to their "Global Rhythms" shows 8 p.m. Saturday and 7 p.m. Sunday at the Harris Theater. Tickets are available on a first-come, first-served basis, ABC Chicago reports.
A photo gallery of Chicago's former first lady Maggie Daley in recent years:
Maggie Daley celebrates her husband Richard M. Daley's election to a record sixth term as Chicago's mayor at the Chicago Hilton Feb. 27, 2007. Photo: Getty Images
Maggie Daley greets the Dalai Lama of Tibet during a talk at Chicago's Millennium Park May 6, 2007. Over 12,000 people came to see the Buddhist monk's "Finding Inner Peace in World Full of Turmoil" speech. Photo: Getty Images
Maggie Daley speaks with Prince Albert of Monaco at an event commemorating the singing of a 'memorandum of understanding' between the Prince Albert Foundation and the Field Museum Oct. 13, 2008 in Chicago. Photo: Getty Images
Former Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley and his wife Maggie Daley applaud during presentations as part of their Chicago 2016 Olympic bid, at a stadium in Copenhagen on Sept. 30, 2009. Photo: AP File
Maggie Daley with businessman Scott Swanson (C) and Marty Nesbitt (L), who served as national treasurer for the Obama campaign, as they arrive in Copenhagen on Sept. 29, 2009 to support the Chicago 2016 Olympic bid. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Maggie Daley with husband Richard and Oprah Winfrey as they arrive for the opening ceremony of the 121st session of the International Olympic Congress on Oct. 1, 2009 in Copenhagen. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Chinese President Hu Jintao stands with Maggie Daley and husband Richard at the Hilton Hotel in Chicago on Jan. 20, 2011. Photo: AFP/Getty Images
Maggie Daley and husband Richard with Jordan's Queen Rania on May 10, 2006, as they tour an after school dance program at Gallery 37 Center For the Arts in Chicago. Photo: AP File
Maggie Daley appears during Chicago's St. Patrick's Day parade her husband former Chicago mayor Richard M. Daley served as the grand marshall of on March 12, 2011. Photo: AP File
Maggie Daley, Mayor Daley and Dr. Jill Biden applaud during the inauguration of new Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel on May 16, 2011. Photo: AP File
Maggie Daley arrives at the White House with husband Richard for a state dinner Jan. 19, 2011, in Washington, D.C. President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama hosted the dinner for Hu Jintao, president of the People's Republic of China. Photo: Getty Images
A tribute to Maggie Daley is displayed at DePaul's Richard M. and Maggie C. Daley Building, 14 E. Jackson Blvd. in Chicago on Friday. The building is named for her and her husband. Photo: AP