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  • Dolly and Lil' Molly of A Zoo to You pull a sleigh full of visitors through SEBA Park for South Elgin Parks and Recreation's An Almost Winter Day on Saturday, November 20. Activities also included s'mores, crafts, and letter writing to Santa.

       Dolly and Lil' Molly of A Zoo to You pull a sleigh full of visitors through SEBA Park for South Elgin Parks and Recreation's An Almost Winter Day on Saturday, November 20. Activities also included s'mores, crafts, and letter writing to Santa.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Michelle Estrada, 6, of Elgin munches on the s'mores snack she made at South Elgin Parks and Recreation's An Almost Winter Day at SEBA Park on Saturday, November 20.

       Michelle Estrada, 6, of Elgin munches on the s'mores snack she made at South Elgin Parks and Recreation's An Almost Winter Day at SEBA Park on Saturday, November 20.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Antioch resident Dolores Matthews, center, picks up a Thanksgiving meal from the Antioch Lions Club Saturday morning. Volunteer Michael Markasovic, left, and Lions Club member Tom Sweetwood load the food into Matthews' car who was picking up the items for a relative.

       Antioch resident Dolores Matthews, center, picks up a Thanksgiving meal from the Antioch Lions Club Saturday morning. Volunteer Michael Markasovic, left, and Lions Club member Tom Sweetwood load the food into Matthews' car who was picking up the items for a relative.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Trina Glass of North Aurora browses works by 20 Batavia Artists' Guild members on display at the Batavia Public Library on Saturday, November 20. The exhibition, which continues through Sunday from 12-4, features works of all different mediums.

       Trina Glass of North Aurora browses works by 20 Batavia Artists' Guild members on display at the Batavia Public Library on Saturday, November 20. The exhibition, which continues through Sunday from 12-4, features works of all different mediums.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Cosette Vela, 6, of Vernon Hills shoots a free throw during the Turkey Shoot sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District Sunday in Vernon Hills.

       Cosette Vela, 6, of Vernon Hills shoots a free throw during the Turkey Shoot sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District Sunday in Vernon Hills.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jasmine Seiwert, 6, of Vernon Hills holds onto the turkey she won with her father, Mathias, as they shot basketball free throws to win during the Turkey Shoot sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District Sunday in Vernon Hills.

       Jasmine Seiwert, 6, of Vernon Hills holds onto the turkey she won with her father, Mathias, as they shot basketball free throws to win during the Turkey Shoot sponsored by the Vernon Hills Park District Sunday in Vernon Hills.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Molly Regan, age 6, and her mother, Judy Regan from Geneva, check out the handcrafted display pieces on display at St. Peter's Church in Geneva Sunday afternoon during the Nativity Exhibition.

       Molly Regan, age 6, and her mother, Judy Regan from Geneva, check out the handcrafted display pieces on display at St. Peter's Church in Geneva Sunday afternoon during the Nativity Exhibition.
    Rena Naltsas | Staff Photographer

  • Luci Okolita, 5, hangs out on the basketball court during Turkey Hoops at Persinger Recreation Center in Geneva Sunday afternoon.

       Luci Okolita, 5, hangs out on the basketball court during Turkey Hoops at Persinger Recreation Center in Geneva Sunday afternoon.
    Rena Naltsas | Staff Photographer

  • Jessica Wilkins, 22 months lets out a cry while sitting on Santa's lap during the Lighting of the Lights in Wheeling. The village of Wheeling kicked off the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck and greeting boys and girls inside the village hall as the Wheeling High School band performed Christmas music.

       Jessica Wilkins, 22 months lets out a cry while sitting on Santa's lap during the Lighting of the Lights in Wheeling. The village of Wheeling kicked off the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck and greeting boys and girls inside the village hall as the Wheeling High School band performed Christmas music.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • The village of Wheeling kicks off the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck.

       The village of Wheeling kicks off the holiday season with Mr. and Mrs. Claus arriving on a fire truck.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • First graders Marc Hall and Luis Gomez, both 6, chant "Shave Your Head!" with the rest of the student body as students from Woodland Elementary School East watch while principal Dr. Kenneth Hyllberg has his head shaved Monday during the school's Positive Interventions and Supports assembly.

       First graders Marc Hall and Luis Gomez, both 6, chant "Shave Your Head!" with the rest of the student body as students from Woodland Elementary School East watch while principal Dr. Kenneth Hyllberg has his head shaved Monday during the school's Positive Interventions and Supports assembly.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Erboe places wreaths on graves at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee Monday. Erboe said he's been working in cemeteries for 52 years.

       Jim Erboe places wreaths on graves at River Valley Memorial Gardens in West Dundee Monday. Erboe said he's been working in cemeteries for 52 years.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Third grader Alexia Hunter and her teacher Leah Kropp shave principal Dr. Kenneth Hyllberg's head as students from Woodland Elementary School East watch Monday during the school's Positive Interventions and Supports assembly.

       Third grader Alexia Hunter and her teacher Leah Kropp shave principal Dr. Kenneth Hyllberg's head as students from Woodland Elementary School East watch Monday during the school's Positive Interventions and Supports assembly.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Libertyville High School senior Jake Duguid enjoys throwing a pie at head football coach Randy Kuceyeski Wednesday. Participants donated money to throw a pie, raising money for the schools Project WISH which provides Christmas presents to 183 families.

       Libertyville High School senior Jake Duguid enjoys throwing a pie at head football coach Randy Kuceyeski Wednesday. Participants donated money to throw a pie, raising money for the schools Project WISH which provides Christmas presents to 183 families.
    PAUL VALADE | Staff Photographer

  • Students and staff at Libertyville High School helped raise funds for the Project WISH program by donating money to throw pies at head football coach Randy Kuceyeski Wednesday. The school adopts 183 families and raises money through the program to purchase Christmas gifts.

       Students and staff at Libertyville High School helped raise funds for the Project WISH program by donating money to throw pies at head football coach Randy Kuceyeski Wednesday. The school adopts 183 families and raises money through the program to purchase Christmas gifts.
    PAUL VALADE | Staff Photographer

  • For more than eight years the Kishwaukee Valley and Eakin Creek Model Railroad Club has set up their holiday display at the Prairie Lodge social lounge in Huntley's Sun City. The trains will be running from Friday November 26th through Wednesday December 29th. Weekday running times are 11 am until 3 pm with weekend times from 11 am to 5 pm. Wednesday December 8th the club will operate a special exhibit of signature trains from the great trains era.

       For more than eight years the Kishwaukee Valley and Eakin Creek Model Railroad Club has set up their holiday display at the Prairie Lodge social lounge in Huntley's Sun City. The trains will be running from Friday November 26th through Wednesday December 29th. Weekday running times are 11 am until 3 pm with weekend times from 11 am to 5 pm. Wednesday December 8th the club will operate a special exhibit of signature trains from the great trains era.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Sun City residents Paul Strokosch, from left, Ed Kopp, and Pete Walton work to set up the trains Tuesday, November 23, 2010.

       Sun City residents Paul Strokosch, from left, Ed Kopp, and Pete Walton work to set up the trains Tuesday, November 23, 2010.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Sara Reed of Traverse City, MI tries and then spits out a fried turkey testicle after being urged to try one by her dad Jess Reed, right, during the Huntley Turkey Testicle Festival at Parkside Pub Wednesday. Jess Reed said he's been to the festivities every year they've been held. They're in town visiting family in Algonquin for Thanksgiving.

       Sara Reed of Traverse City, MI tries and then spits out a fried turkey testicle after being urged to try one by her dad Jess Reed, right, during the Huntley Turkey Testicle Festival at Parkside Pub Wednesday. Jess Reed said he's been to the festivities every year they've been held. They're in town visiting family in Algonquin for Thanksgiving.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Megan Chamberlain finds an opening in the crowd as she moves product during the Huntley Turkey Testicle Festival at Parkside Pub Wednesday.

       Megan Chamberlain finds an opening in the crowd as she moves product during the Huntley Turkey Testicle Festival at Parkside Pub Wednesday.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Divine Light Choir church members sings Christmas music during Aurora lights its Christmas tree Wednesday night at North Island Center in downtown Aurora.

       Divine Light Choir church members sings Christmas music during Aurora lights its Christmas tree Wednesday night at North Island Center in downtown Aurora.
    Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • More than 60 residents joined with city of Aurora as the Christmas tree was lit Wednesday night at North Island Center in downtown Aurora.

       More than 60 residents joined with city of Aurora as the Christmas tree was lit Wednesday night at North Island Center in downtown Aurora.
    Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer

  • 196 recruits from Great Lakes get a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday from the VFW in Villa Park. Recruits also were able to borrow cell phones and computers to get in touch with their families.

       196 recruits from Great Lakes get a Thanksgiving dinner Thursday from the VFW in Villa Park. Recruits also were able to borrow cell phones and computers to get in touch with their families.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Susy Gerber of North Aurora plays with her son, Truman, 22 months, before heading to get their dinner at the Lazarus House Community Feast at the Salvation Army in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day. Gerber, attending the feast for the first time, attended with family, neighbors and members of her church, including Klaire Hophan of Batavia, standing behind her.

       Susy Gerber of North Aurora plays with her son, Truman, 22 months, before heading to get their dinner at the Lazarus House Community Feast at the Salvation Army in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day. Gerber, attending the feast for the first time, attended with family, neighbors and members of her church, including Klaire Hophan of Batavia, standing behind her.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Elgin police community chaplain Henoch Fuentes of Elgin leads volunteers in prayer before the start of the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Fuentes is also a Salvation Army pastor in Elgin.

       Elgin police community chaplain Henoch Fuentes of Elgin leads volunteers in prayer before the start of the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Fuentes is also a Salvation Army pastor in Elgin.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • David Naranjo, 5, of Elgin gets a load of stuffing on his plate at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. He preferred the side dishes and skipped the turkey.

       David Naranjo, 5, of Elgin gets a load of stuffing on his plate at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. He preferred the side dishes and skipped the turkey.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Nancy Smith of West Dundee takes photos of her daughter Laurie Conley and son-in-law Ben Conley of Chicago as they take off at the starting line in the Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Runners were asked to bring nonperishable food items which will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Elginīs First Congregational Church Food Pantry.

       Nancy Smith of West Dundee takes photos of her daughter Laurie Conley and son-in-law Ben Conley of Chicago as they take off at the starting line in the Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Runners were asked to bring nonperishable food items which will be donated to the Northern Illinois Food Bank in Elginīs First Congregational Church Food Pantry.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer John Myall of St. Charles directs Freddie Parson of Carpentersville towards some pork for his plate at the Lazarus House Community Feast in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day. The feast, held at the Salvation Army in St. Charles, was expected to draw several hundred people. Lazarus House director Darlene Marcusson said it looked like the biggest crowd ever they've had.

       Volunteer John Myall of St. Charles directs Freddie Parson of Carpentersville towards some pork for his plate at the Lazarus House Community Feast in St. Charles on Thanksgiving Day. The feast, held at the Salvation Army in St. Charles, was expected to draw several hundred people. Lazarus House director Darlene Marcusson said it looked like the biggest crowd ever they've had.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Phillip Kondos of Elgin falls to his knees and hoists his turkey hat into the air at the finish line of the Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Kondos, his wife, Chelsea, and her family all took part in the event before heading back to their house for Thanksgiving dinner.

       Phillip Kondos of Elgin falls to his knees and hoists his turkey hat into the air at the finish line of the Thanks A Lot! Turkey Trot 5K Fun Run and Walk in the Gifford Park neighborhood in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Kondos, his wife, Chelsea, and her family all took part in the event before heading back to their house for Thanksgiving dinner.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Aurora residents Kelly O'Shea, right, and Karen Lipan, center, cheer on their friends after they finished the Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville. About 7,000 runners showed up for the race.

       Aurora residents Kelly O'Shea, right, and Karen Lipan, center, cheer on their friends after they finished the Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville. About 7,000 runners showed up for the race.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Brenda Rodgers of Elgin, wearing a Santa hat, serves food at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. This is the first year she has volunteered at the event. 65 turkeys were prepared for the feast expected to feed hundreds.

       Brenda Rodgers of Elgin, wearing a Santa hat, serves food at the community Thanksgiving dinner at the Hemmens Cultural Center in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. This is the first year she has volunteered at the event. 65 turkeys were prepared for the feast expected to feed hundreds.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Warrenville resident Colton Antos hugs his fiancee, Brittany Acosta, after she accepted a marriage proposal after Thursday's Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville.

       Warrenville resident Colton Antos hugs his fiancee, Brittany Acosta, after she accepted a marriage proposal after Thursday's Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Seaman Recruit Nicole Southard, 18, of Portland, Maine eats with her fellow recruits at Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling for their Thanksgiving holiday.

       Seaman Recruit Nicole Southard, 18, of Portland, Maine eats with her fellow recruits at Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling for their Thanksgiving holiday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Naperville Mayor George Pradel looks on as runners take off from the starting line at Thursday's 13th-Annual Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville.

       Naperville Mayor George Pradel looks on as runners take off from the starting line at Thursday's 13th-Annual Turkey Trot 5K run in Naperville.
    MARCO SANTANA | Staff Photographer

  • Volunteer Kristina Soukup of Arlington Heights serves up a hot turkey meal to Kyron Malone, 23, of Tennessee, just one of nearly 100 Great Lakes recruits that spent their Thankgiving Day holiday at the Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling.

       Volunteer Kristina Soukup of Arlington Heights serves up a hot turkey meal to Kyron Malone, 23, of Tennessee, just one of nearly 100 Great Lakes recruits that spent their Thankgiving Day holiday at the Amvets Post 66 in Wheeling.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Runners start the Turkey Trot two-mile course all hoping to record a good time before stuffing themselves with their turkey dinners at the 30th-Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held on the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine.

       Runners start the Turkey Trot two-mile course all hoping to record a good time before stuffing themselves with their turkey dinners at the 30th-Annual Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot held on the William Rainey Harper College campus in Palatine.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Sailors bow their heads during grace as Gurnee Community Church hosted 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.

       Sailors bow their heads during grace as Gurnee Community Church hosted 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • People participate in the 2n-Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit Arden Shore Child & Family Services for Lake County children and families.

       People participate in the 2n-Annual Westfield Hawthorn Turkey Day 5k at Wesfield Hawthorn Mall in Vernon Hills Thursday morning. A portion of the proceeds went to benefit Arden Shore Child & Family Services for Lake County children and families.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Matt Higgins of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania does some magic tricks for fellow recruits as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Thankgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.

       Matt Higgins of Pittsburg, Pennsylvania does some magic tricks for fellow recruits as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Thankgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Vernon Vollman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, left and Chris Baumeister of Pocatello, Idaho get passed a plate of turkey as Gurnee Community Church hosted 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.

       Vernon Vollman of Virginia Beach, Virginia, left and Chris Baumeister of Pocatello, Idaho get passed a plate of turkey as Gurnee Community Church hosted 193 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for Thanksgiving dinner Thursday afternoon in Gurnee.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Gurnee Community Church member Debbie Krueger of Gurnee and the rest of the congregation cheer as 193 sailors make their way to the dinning room for a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings.

       Gurnee Community Church member Debbie Krueger of Gurnee and the rest of the congregation cheer as 193 sailors make their way to the dinning room for a Thanksgiving feast with all the trimmings.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • John Cichowski prepares to put a save sign on a few of the trees at the West Dundee and Carpentersville Lions Christmas tree sale at Grafelman Park in West Dundee. They will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The trees are being saved for the Festival of Trees next Friday.

       John Cichowski prepares to put a save sign on a few of the trees at the West Dundee and Carpentersville Lions Christmas tree sale at Grafelman Park in West Dundee. They will be open Thursdays and Fridays from 6-8 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The trees are being saved for the Festival of Trees next Friday.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • The Arlington Heights Christmas Tree looms over North School Park following Friday's tree lighting ceremony.

       The Arlington Heights Christmas Tree looms over North School Park following Friday's tree lighting ceremony.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • A shopper takes a break at Woodfield mall, Schaumburg, Friday.

       A shopper takes a break at Woodfield mall, Schaumburg, Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • The John Hersey High School Dickens Carolers sing during the Arlington Heights tree lighting at North School Park Friday.

       The John Hersey High School Dickens Carolers sing during the Arlington Heights tree lighting at North School Park Friday.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Melody Martinez holds Marley Martinez, 4, of Palatine under one of the trees that was part of the tree lighting ceremony in Schaumburg at the Prairie Center for the Arts on Friday.

       Melody Martinez holds Marley Martinez, 4, of Palatine under one of the trees that was part of the tree lighting ceremony in Schaumburg at the Prairie Center for the Arts on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Steve Driza and his Grandson James Lewis, 1, of Glen Ellyn check out the Christmas tree during the Glen Ellyn Tree lighting Friday.

       Steve Driza and his Grandson James Lewis, 1, of Glen Ellyn check out the Christmas tree during the Glen Ellyn Tree lighting Friday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Monika Sofia and her daughter Blacha of Downers Grove cuddle to keep warm during the Naperville's Hometown Holidays celebration Friday.

       Monika Sofia and her daughter Blacha of Downers Grove cuddle to keep warm during the Naperville's Hometown Holidays celebration Friday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Devon Lloyd of Naperville takes part in Naperville's Hometown Holidays celebration Friday. She was dancing with the School of the Preforming Arts during the show.

       Devon Lloyd of Naperville takes part in Naperville's Hometown Holidays celebration Friday. She was dancing with the School of the Preforming Arts during the show.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • A crowd gathers for the lighting of the holiday lights at Lincoln Park in St. Charles Friday night.

       A crowd gathers for the lighting of the holiday lights at Lincoln Park in St. Charles Friday night.
    Rena Naltsas | Staff Photographer

  • Six-year-old Giulia Ayala of St. Charles and her friend, 5-year-old Joey Jensen from St. Charles play with their flashlight torches that they received at the lighting of the holiday lights in Lincoln Park in St. Charles Friday night.

       Six-year-old Giulia Ayala of St. Charles and her friend, 5-year-old Joey Jensen from St. Charles play with their flashlight torches that they received at the lighting of the holiday lights in Lincoln Park in St. Charles Friday night.
    Rena Naltsas | Staff Photographer

  • Louis Begin and his daughter Mira watch as Santa comes off a fire truck at the corner of Seymour Avenue and Center Street in downtown Grayslake during the official tree lighting Friday night.

       Louis Begin and his daughter Mira watch as Santa comes off a fire truck at the corner of Seymour Avenue and Center Street in downtown Grayslake during the official tree lighting Friday night.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

  • Aidan Rogalski, 5 of Lindenhurst, looks up at the Christmas tree in downtown Grayslake during the official tree lighting ceremony Friday night.

       Aidan Rogalski, 5 of Lindenhurst, looks up at the Christmas tree in downtown Grayslake during the official tree lighting ceremony Friday night.
    Steve Lundy@dailyherald.com

 

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