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  • Brielle Rochester's gingerbread house comes together Friday at Adler Park School in Libertyville.

       Brielle Rochester's gingerbread house comes together Friday at Adler Park School in Libertyville.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Adler Park School first-grade student Logan Hyatt takes a taste of frosting while he and fellow classmates made gingerbread houses Friday at the Libertyville school. First-grade students have been learning about winter holidays and reading gingerbread-themed books.

       Adler Park School first-grade student Logan Hyatt takes a taste of frosting while he and fellow classmates made gingerbread houses Friday at the Libertyville school. First-grade students have been learning about winter holidays and reading gingerbread-themed books.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Katie Shaughnessy raises her hand to ask a question during Otters practice for the Arlington Heights Park District swim team.

       Katie Shaughnessy raises her hand to ask a question during Otters practice for the Arlington Heights Park District swim team.
    BOB CHWEDYK | Staff Photographer

  • Ava Budciszewski, 7, left, and Paige Singla, 8, both of Winfield dance during kids entertainer Dave Rudolf's version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at Cantigny Park's first Holiday Jammy Jam Saturday.

       Ava Budciszewski, 7, left, and Paige Singla, 8, both of Winfield dance during kids entertainer Dave Rudolf's version of "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" at Cantigny Park's first Holiday Jammy Jam Saturday.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Ethan Stanescu, 10 months, crawls under the limbo stick while his mother Eliza Gryc of Aurora watches during the first Holiday Jammy Jam at Cantigny Park in Wheaton Saturday.

       Ethan Stanescu, 10 months, crawls under the limbo stick while his mother Eliza Gryc of Aurora watches during the first Holiday Jammy Jam at Cantigny Park in Wheaton Saturday.
    Suzanne Caraker | Staff Photographer

  • Rev. Donald Frye of St. James Episcopal Church in West Dundee brings in the last box of food unloaded from the truck to be made into 120 dinner packages for local families in need on Saturday, December 18. This is the third year the church has raised funds and administered the Christmas Dinner Outreach Program. This year, it is giving dinners to the Kane County Area Head Start, Kane County Veterans Administration, the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith Pantry and to clients of the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville.

       Rev. Donald Frye of St. James Episcopal Church in West Dundee brings in the last box of food unloaded from the truck to be made into 120 dinner packages for local families in need on Saturday, December 18. This is the third year the church has raised funds and administered the Christmas Dinner Outreach Program. This year, it is giving dinners to the Kane County Area Head Start, Kane County Veterans Administration, the Algonquin/Lake in the Hills Interfaith Pantry and to clients of the FISH Food Pantry in Carpentersville.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Spruce Tree Drive is decorated with more than 1,200 luminarias Sunday night in Cary.

       Spruce Tree Drive is decorated with more than 1,200 luminarias Sunday night in Cary.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Randy Kohler lights luminarias in his yard Sunday night in the Patriot Meadows subdivision in Cary. He said he has been a part of the neighborhood glow since he moved there 18 years ago. Spruce Tree Drive is decorated with more than 1,200 luminarias.

       Randy Kohler lights luminarias in his yard Sunday night in the Patriot Meadows subdivision in Cary. He said he has been a part of the neighborhood glow since he moved there 18 years ago. Spruce Tree Drive is decorated with more than 1,200 luminarias.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Marie Stahmer, 12 of Harvard works her Boston terrier Mojo during the Skokie Valley Kennel Club dog show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The twelve-year-old was competing in the adult or conformation class as well as the junior class. Stahmer and her dog received a Select Dog award at the Rosemont show.

       Marie Stahmer, 12 of Harvard works her Boston terrier Mojo during the Skokie Valley Kennel Club dog show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont. The twelve-year-old was competing in the adult or conformation class as well as the junior class. Stahmer and her dog received a Select Dog award at the Rosemont show.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Laurie Cantone of Round Lake grooms her golden retriever Brooklyn during the Skokie Valley Kennel Club dog show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

       Laurie Cantone of Round Lake grooms her golden retriever Brooklyn during the Skokie Valley Kennel Club dog show at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Nicole Wojcik, 13, high fives Santa with her sister Caroline, 13 while their little brother and sister Matthew and Victoria hug Santa, along with friend Megdalena Jopek, 13, right, during Santa's visit to the Hanover Township Open Gym program at Bartlett Elementary. The program gives the children something to do over the holiday break. Monday about 95 children attended, with activities including basketball, coloring, legos and board games.

       Nicole Wojcik, 13, high fives Santa with her sister Caroline, 13 while their little brother and sister Matthew and Victoria hug Santa, along with friend Megdalena Jopek, 13, right, during Santa's visit to the Hanover Township Open Gym program at Bartlett Elementary. The program gives the children something to do over the holiday break. Monday about 95 children attended, with activities including basketball, coloring, legos and board games.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Boy Scout Troop 37 member Adam Davis, 17, of Prospect Heights, offers some toy choices to Little City resident Billy Cooper Monday at Little City in Palatine. The scouts distributed toys for a toy drive by the 100 Percent Foundation.

       Boy Scout Troop 37 member Adam Davis, 17, of Prospect Heights, offers some toy choices to Little City resident Billy Cooper Monday at Little City in Palatine. The scouts distributed toys for a toy drive by the 100 Percent Foundation.
    Bill Zars@bzarsdailyherald.com

  • Siblings Jimmy Keefe, left, Connor Cleary, Ryan Cleary and Julia Cleary shovel the Cleary driveway on Carter Street in Libertyville Tuesday after snow fell overnight covering the Lake County area.

       Siblings Jimmy Keefe, left, Connor Cleary, Ryan Cleary and Julia Cleary shovel the Cleary driveway on Carter Street in Libertyville Tuesday after snow fell overnight covering the Lake County area.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Michael Graham, 11, left, Morgan Burns, 13, Kelly Griffin, 12, Bridget Graham, 5, and Mary Graham, 12, hold onto each other as they go down the sled hill at Adler Park in Libertyville Tuesday.

       Michael Graham, 11, left, Morgan Burns, 13, Kelly Griffin, 12, Bridget Graham, 5, and Mary Graham, 12, hold onto each other as they go down the sled hill at Adler Park in Libertyville Tuesday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Jaime Roblos drives around a west side St. Charles neighborhood with his tractor and large attached snow blower, looking for people who need help clearing their driveways. Roblos doesn't ask for money but sometimes people offer him cash for his services. "I sometimes make up to 50 dollars, that helps fill up my truck", Roblos said.

       Jaime Roblos drives around a west side St. Charles neighborhood with his tractor and large attached snow blower, looking for people who need help clearing their driveways. Roblos doesn't ask for money but sometimes people offer him cash for his services. "I sometimes make up to 50 dollars, that helps fill up my truck", Roblos said.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Margaret Suehr, vocational coordinator at Journeys from PADS to HOPE in Palatine, blows out candles Tuesday that are sitting on a table draped in holiday lights and a table cloth, as the center held its annual Homeless Memorial Service to honor the area´s homeless who have died during the past year.

       Margaret Suehr, vocational coordinator at Journeys from PADS to HOPE in Palatine, blows out candles Tuesday that are sitting on a table draped in holiday lights and a table cloth, as the center held its annual Homeless Memorial Service to honor the area´s homeless who have died during the past year.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Sparks flare as wood in the Winter Solstice Bonfire tumbles at Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve on Tuesday, December 21. It is the day of the year with the least daylight, or one can say the longest night of the year. Over 30 adults and children gathered around the bonfire to learn about how different cultures celebrated the winter solstice, as well as the scientific explanation of the earth's location to the sun at the solstice.

       Sparks flare as wood in the Winter Solstice Bonfire tumbles at Tekakwitha Woods Forest Preserve on Tuesday, December 21. It is the day of the year with the least daylight, or one can say the longest night of the year. Over 30 adults and children gathered around the bonfire to learn about how different cultures celebrated the winter solstice, as well as the scientific explanation of the earth's location to the sun at the solstice.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Martin Huerta, left, gets emotional while talking about the difficulties with the premature birth of his son Martin Huerta, Jr., right, on the lap of his mother Angelica Salas of Plainfield. They were able to bring the baby home in time for Christmas. He was born threee months premature at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. In the center are sisters Brenda, 9 and Jasmine, 10, right.

       Martin Huerta, left, gets emotional while talking about the difficulties with the premature birth of his son Martin Huerta, Jr., right, on the lap of his mother Angelica Salas of Plainfield. They were able to bring the baby home in time for Christmas. He was born threee months premature at Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove. In the center are sisters Brenda, 9 and Jasmine, 10, right.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Josh Graber of Carpentersville and Emily Caliende of Algonquin walk hand in hand as they climb the sledding hill at Randall Oaks in West Dundee.

       Josh Graber of Carpentersville and Emily Caliende of Algonquin walk hand in hand as they climb the sledding hill at Randall Oaks in West Dundee.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Paige Rankin, 8, of Libertyville helps her litle sister, Grace, 4, learn to ice skate at the ice rink in Nicholas-Dowden Park in Libertyville Tuesday.

       Paige Rankin, 8, of Libertyville helps her litle sister, Grace, 4, learn to ice skate at the ice rink in Nicholas-Dowden Park in Libertyville Tuesday.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Santa gives a hug to Helen Hecketsweiler of Mundelein during his visit to Winchester House in Libertyville Wednesday during a holiday luncheon held for rehabilitation patients and a few longer-term residents.

       Santa gives a hug to Helen Hecketsweiler of Mundelein during his visit to Winchester House in Libertyville Wednesday during a holiday luncheon held for rehabilitation patients and a few longer-term residents.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Jake Baxa, 10 and Tommy Yurishich, 12 of Batavia get some air as they hit a jump while sledding at Fabyan Park in Batavia.

       Jake Baxa, 10 and Tommy Yurishich, 12 of Batavia get some air as they hit a jump while sledding at Fabyan Park in Batavia.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Tina Jordahl, 15, left, Kayla Suchomski, 15, and Caitlin O'Keefe, 16 all from Hoffman Estates, volunteer to wrap presents to raise money for the National Inclusion Project Wednesday at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills. The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them.

       Tina Jordahl, 15, left, Kayla Suchomski, 15, and Caitlin O'Keefe, 16 all from Hoffman Estates, volunteer to wrap presents to raise money for the National Inclusion Project Wednesday at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills. The National Inclusion Project serves to bridge the gap that exists between young people with disabilities and the world around them.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Santa Claus reads a Christmas wish list from Erin Casper, 5, of Wauconda while her brother Gavin, 3, looks on as Santa greets children at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills. Erin's list included markers, a Pillow Pet, and a purple, girl monkey.

       Santa Claus reads a Christmas wish list from Erin Casper, 5, of Wauconda while her brother Gavin, 3, looks on as Santa greets children at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills. Erin's list included markers, a Pillow Pet, and a purple, girl monkey.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Santa Claus listens to Owen Arnold, 3, of Riverwoods as he tells him what he wants for Christmas at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills.

       Santa Claus listens to Owen Arnold, 3, of Riverwoods as he tells him what he wants for Christmas at Westfield Hawthorn Shopping Center in Vernon Hills.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Katrina Kuhn, 11, of Arlington Heights, helps the Arlington Heights Fire Department, members of Local 3105, and fire department administration load large bags filled with complete holiday meals Christmas Eve for needy families.

       Katrina Kuhn, 11, of Arlington Heights, helps the Arlington Heights Fire Department, members of Local 3105, and fire department administration load large bags filled with complete holiday meals Christmas Eve for needy families.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church held mass with Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago George Rassas in Gurnee on Christmas Eve.

       St. Paul the Apostle Catholic Church held mass with Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Chicago George Rassas in Gurnee on Christmas Eve.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Becky Hornbeck and her granddaughter Luka Bajlovic are all smiles during the Christmas Eve service at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville Friday.

       Becky Hornbeck and her granddaughter Luka Bajlovic are all smiles during the Christmas Eve service at Grace United Methodist Church in Naperville Friday.
    PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer

  • Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub's Restaurant in Westmont, helps Tony Martin Jr., of Westmont make his selections from the buffet. Link was joined by his family and friends, along with many of his employees who donated their time to volunteer as cooks, greeters, and servers to feed 300 people Christmas day.

       Mark Link, owner of Uncle Bub's Restaurant in Westmont, helps Tony Martin Jr., of Westmont make his selections from the buffet. Link was joined by his family and friends, along with many of his employees who donated their time to volunteer as cooks, greeters, and servers to feed 300 people Christmas day.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • Charlie Brown and his wife, Alice, of Geneva finish a version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with gusto at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday. The pair have been coming to sing Christmas carols at the brunch for several years, as well as friend Steven Henry of Elburn.

       Charlie Brown and his wife, Alice, of Geneva finish a version of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer with gusto at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday. The pair have been coming to sing Christmas carols at the brunch for several years, as well as friend Steven Henry of Elburn.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Cole Hemmes, 7, of Batavia gets help from dad Kimo Hemmes,while filling his plate at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday. Cole's mom, Shannon, and older brother, Case, 10, were also along for the brunch.

       Cole Hemmes, 7, of Batavia gets help from dad Kimo Hemmes,while filling his plate at the annual Christmas brunch at Lazarus House in St. Charles Saturday. Cole's mom, Shannon, and older brother, Case, 10, were also along for the brunch.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Nicole Wojcik, 13, gives Santa a high five during his visit to the Hanover Township's Open Gym program at Bartlett Elementary.

       Nicole Wojcik, 13, gives Santa a high five during his visit to the Hanover Township's Open Gym program at Bartlett Elementary.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Horses donning Santa hats greet each other in a pasture at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas day.

       Horses donning Santa hats greet each other in a pasture at Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas day.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

 

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