I was sitting in my cubicle at work in the NW burbs here in Chicago checking my email and the morning news when I heard that a plane crashed into the WTC. At first, we never dreamed that the plane was hijacked and this was a terror attack until we heard that a second plane crashed into the WTC, then another one targeting the Pentagon. Needless to say, all work stopped and everyone at our facility was going crazy when the word got around. They setup TVs in our cafeteria and we were all huddled around watch the news for the latest updates. I worked for major corp and we had colleagues with offices in Manhattan and some had relatives/friends in the area, so this was a major concern for all of us. Luckily, they were far enough away from ground zero, so they were all safe. We were all told to go home to our families, so it was early afternoon when I left work. As another Chicago member also mentioned, it really felt strange driving home, since the sky was completely void of any airplanes which was unusual, since OHare airport wasn't too far from our location. Later, I also heard that downtown Chicago was like a ghost town, since they weren't taking any chances that Chicago's Sears Tower would be targeted too. Even today, every time I go to the airport and have to deal with all the TSA security procedures, it's a reminder of 9/11.