updated: 12/23/2010 3:03 PM
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A homeless person, out of a job and with a family to raise, asks for money in downtown Chicago.
Clint Wolf of Buffalo Grove
Reflection of a house is seen in a holiday ornament hanging on a tree after ice storm last December.
Lara Rebsamen of Arlington Heights
An antique wind-up mouse sits on a toy vendor's stand as children play in the background in Düsseldorf, Germany last month in the Altstadt District (Old Town) during the Kris Kindle Mart.
Drew Kapinos of Buffalo Grove
Peter Cooper takes a cold winter walk with his grandson, Nic Nitti, near his cabin in Union Pier, Mich.
Cindy Cooper of Lake Zurich
Ten-month-old Gabriel Casberian wears a Santa hat while sitting in the dining room. He did not like the Santa hat and instead of pulling it off, he pulled it over his head.
Robin Casbarian of Round Lake
Monkeys greet travelers while ascending the Rock of Gibraltar. They were very friendly and even sat upon their shoulders but they were warned to hide anything shiny as they like to snatch those items and hide them in their secret caves.
Mary Pugliese of Hawthorn Woods
This is the Umqua Lighthouse at Winchester Bay on the coast of Oregon. The fog was thick on the coast that morning in September 2010.
Milton Hoskins of Hampshire
I took this shot along the Fox River in East Dundee between Main Street and Route 72. There were a number of eagles flying on Sunday and this one was just making a turn and lining up the fish it was going to catch. You can see the concentration in its eye. It did have fish for lunch.
Bob Williams of Huntley
This is one of the many light displays at the annual Festival of Lights at Phillips Park in Aurora.
Veronica Batterson of Aurora
This beach is the Maya Empire's port on the Gulf of Mexico. It was an important junction of trade in the Mayan Empire. I thought the beautiful beach scene is a welcome break at looking out the window this week to our current snow and cold temperatures.
Joe Gilles of Lombard
This is a winter scene I took from my commute last winter on St. Charles Road to Elmhurst College. I used software to convert the photo to black and white and add the soft focus to give it a surreal quality. I liked the snow-covered branches on these trees and how the trees towered over the tiny houses.
Angela Cichosz of Carol Stream
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