Chicago responds to Paris attacks

CHICAGO (FOX 32 News) -- For a second day in a row dozens of Chicagoans met on Michigan Ave to light candles and say prayers for the victims in Paris. The Sunday afternoon vigil took place again in front of the French Consulate.

“It’s comforting and I think it's also good to know that we are staying united in this terrible moment and we need it we are really far away from family and friends,” said Amandine Minaud who moved from France to Chicago 7 years ago.

“Since Friday I didn't know I had so many tears in my body,” said longtime Chicagoan but born and raised in Paris Nicole Lehman. “Stop killing each other, there is no reason for it and we should all be friends, and lovers and in peace.”

Across town at the United Center some fans were also thinking about the attacks and security around them.

“You have to, I mean it's the way life is now," said Julie Siska as she waited in line to enter the UC.  “I would rather have it that way than have somebody just be able to do what they want."

Blackhawks fans waited outside the United Center Sunday were surrounded by security, Chicago police and some canine units. Once inside, all fans must pass through metal detectors that were installed over the summer.

“It’s nerve racking what's going on in Paris, but I feel safe here, there's a lot of police and security and dogs walking around," said fan Floyd Rucks.

A spokesperson for the Chicago Blackhawks said:
"While we don't comment on the specifics of our security plans, the Blackhawks, the United Center and the NHL work diligently to ensure the guest experience is safe and enjoyable."
The NHL isn't the only group with safety on their minds. On Sunday the NFL decided to add more security inside and outside stadiums, working closely with Homeland Security.

The Department of Homeland Security stresses that there are no known credible threats against NFL stadiums, but increased security out of an abundance of caution.

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