02/28/2011 01:58 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Chicago Solidarity Rally: Pro-Union Demonstrators Show Wisconsin Support (PHOTOS)

On Saturday, Chicagoans joined the chorus of protesters across the country to support union members in Wisconsin and other states who are fighting to keep their bargaining rights.

More than 1,000 people reportedly turned out at the afternoon Thompson Center rally, chanting "Save the American Dream."

Demonstrators gathered elsewhere in Illinois as well. Hundreds of union supporters rallied in Springfield Saturday afternoon.

"If they bust the unions up (in Wisconsin), it's a matter of time before they bust the unions up here," laid-off Illinois electrician Rich Bonzani told the Chicago Tribune. "It's an assault on the middle class."

Read more about the Saturday rally here. All photos below by HuffPost reader Andy Lorenc.