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Joakim Grundberg of Sweden heading to Los Angeles waiting in the canceled flights line in the United terminal at O'Hare hopes to catch a flight.
  Joakim Grundberg of Sweden heading to Los Angeles waiting in the canceled flights line in the United terminal at O'Hare hopes to catch a flight.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
All packed up and no place to go as Fredrik Dahl of Sweden trying to get to Miami finds out as he stands in the United Airlines line at O'Hare International Airport.
  All packed up and no place to go as Fredrik Dahl of Sweden trying to get to Miami finds out as he stands in the United Airlines line at O'Hare International Airport.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
All passengers can do is sit and wait out the storm as the local news flashes the latest information on the TV in baggage claim.
  All passengers can do is sit and wait out the storm as the local news flashes the latest information on the TV in baggage claim.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Sign of the times at O'Hare with the blizzard of 2011 set to hit the Chicagoland area.
  Sign of the times at O'Hare with the blizzard of 2011 set to hit the Chicagoland area.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Emmanuel Alejandres, from left, Liseth Leal, and Fernando Perez brave the blizzard as snow hits the Fox Valley area Tuesday, February 1, 2011. The Larkin High School students were trying to make their way home.
  Emmanuel Alejandres, from left, Liseth Leal, and Fernando Perez brave the blizzard as snow hits the Fox Valley area Tuesday, February 1, 2011. The Larkin High School students were trying to make their way home.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Snow hits the Fox Valley area Tuesday, February 1, 2011 as Larkin High School students make their way home.
  Snow hits the Fox Valley area Tuesday, February 1, 2011 as Larkin High School students make their way home.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Looking West from Powers road in Gilberts as Snow falls along Interstate 90 Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Increased snowfall will make travel difficult, with blizzard like weather predicted later today and Wednesday.
  Looking West from Powers road in Gilberts as Snow falls along Interstate 90 Tuesday, February 1, 2011. Increased snowfall will make travel difficult, with blizzard like weather predicted later today and Wednesday.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Snow started coming down with high winds Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton.
  Snow started coming down with high winds Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Tony Vazquez tries to keep up with the blizzard by shoveling in front of Bulldogs Grill in downtown Wauconda.
  Tony Vazquez tries to keep up with the blizzard by shoveling in front of Bulldogs Grill in downtown Wauconda.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
White-out conditions along Rt. 120 west of Hainesville.
  White-out conditions along Rt. 120 west of Hainesville.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
Lynn Moore of Wheaton shields her face from winds and snow as she stocks up on provisions at the Whole Foods in Wheaton Tuesday afternoon.
  Lynn Moore of Wheaton shields her face from winds and snow as she stocks up on provisions at the Whole Foods in Wheaton Tuesday afternoon.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Cars head westbound on Butterfield Road with low visibility as snow started coming down with high winds Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton.
  Cars head westbound on Butterfield Road with low visibility as snow started coming down with high winds Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
A motorist makes her way to her car in downtown Wauconda.
  A motorist makes her way to her car in downtown Wauconda.
Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer
A school bus navigates the intersection of Central and New Wilke roads at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
  A school bus navigates the intersection of Central and New Wilke roads at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
The intersection of Warrenville Rd and Naperville Rd looking south is a sea of red lights Tuesday during the evening rush hour.
  The intersection of Warrenville Rd and Naperville Rd looking south is a sea of red lights Tuesday during the evening rush hour.
Tanit Jarusan | Staff Photographer
Low visibility on Butterfield Road after snow started coming down with high winds Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton.
  Low visibility on Butterfield Road after snow started coming down with high winds Tuesday afternoon in Wheaton.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Mike Rivera of Rolling Meadows carries a snowblower canopy home at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
  Mike Rivera of Rolling Meadows carries a snowblower canopy home at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Commuters cross Dunton Avenue after catching early trains from downtown Chicago as the blizzard begins Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
  Commuters cross Dunton Avenue after catching early trains from downtown Chicago as the blizzard begins Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
Bill Zars | Staff Photographer
Commuters keep make their way home as the blizzard begins Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
  Commuters keep make their way home as the blizzard begins Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
Bill Zars | Staff Photographer
Traffic backs up on the on ramp at Arlington Heights Road to I-90 as the blizzard begins Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
  Traffic backs up on the on ramp at Arlington Heights Road to I-90 as the blizzard begins Friday afternoon in Arlington Heights.
Bill Zars | Staff Photographer
Pedestrians didn't fare much better than drivers as the blizzard begins in full force Tuesday afternoon in downtown Arlington Heights.
  Pedestrians didn't fare much better than drivers as the blizzard begins in full force Tuesday afternoon in downtown Arlington Heights.
Bill Zars | Staff Photographer
A plow waits for a bicyclist to pass in downtown Arlington Heights as the blizzard begins Tuesday afternoon.
  A plow waits for a bicyclist to pass in downtown Arlington Heights as the blizzard begins Tuesday afternoon.
Bill Zars | Staff Photographer
A motorist moves through whipping snow on South Union Road outside of Marengo Tuesday afternoon.
  A motorist moves through whipping snow on South Union Road outside of Marengo Tuesday afternoon.
Patrick Kunzer | Staff Photographer
Mike Rivera of Rolling Meadows carries a snowplow canopy home at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
  Mike Rivera of Rolling Meadows carries a snowplow canopy home at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Mike Rivera of Rolling Meadows carries a snowblower canopy home at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
  Mike Rivera of Rolling Meadows carries a snowblower canopy home at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
A public works truck plows the Rolling Meadows municipal lot at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
  A public works truck plows the Rolling Meadows municipal lot at the start of Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Cars are bumper to bumper along route 59 in Naperville Tuesday woith nearly white out conditions.
  Cars are bumper to bumper along route 59 in Naperville Tuesday woith nearly white out conditions.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Jackie Niemeyer of Mokena,left, and Brian Failing of Lisle walk to the dorms on the campus of North Central College Tuesday. They were seeking shelter from the cold.
  Jackie Niemeyer of Mokena,left, and Brian Failing of Lisle walk to the dorms on the campus of North Central College Tuesday. They were seeking shelter from the cold.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Downtown Naperville is quiet while snow falls Tuesday.
  Downtown Naperville is quiet while snow falls Tuesday.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Julia Shaver of Naperville sports a pair of Chemistry safety goggles during her walk in downtown Naperville Tuesday during the storm.
  Julia Shaver of Naperville sports a pair of Chemistry safety goggles during her walk in downtown Naperville Tuesday during the storm.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Matt Russo of Naperville shovles his drive in anticapatipon of the big storm Tuesday afternoon.
  Matt Russo of Naperville shovles his drive in anticapatipon of the big storm Tuesday afternoon.
PAUL MICHNA | Staff Photographer
Nicole Podraza of Grayslake stands in a blizzard as along Gages Lake Road in Grayslake waiting for a bus Tuesday.
  Nicole Podraza of Grayslake stands in a blizzard as along Gages Lake Road in Grayslake waiting for a bus Tuesday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Travis Kick, a manager at the Firkin Restaurant, gets a head start on shoveling as a blizzard hit the area Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville.
  Travis Kick, a manager at the Firkin Restaurant, gets a head start on shoveling as a blizzard hit the area Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Commuters exit the train to almost white out conditions at the Metra stop in Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville.
  Commuters exit the train to almost white out conditions at the Metra stop in Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Canadian Pacific Railway employees work on the rail line in the snow Tuesday near Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth.
  Canadian Pacific Railway employees work on the rail line in the snow Tuesday near Wadsworth Road in Wadsworth.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
A Mundelei school bus makes its way along Hawley Street in Mundelin Tuesday afternoon as a blizzrd hit Lake County.
  A Mundelei school bus makes its way along Hawley Street in Mundelin Tuesday afternoon as a blizzrd hit Lake County.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
A commuter makes his way to the train as a blizzard hit the area Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville.
  A commuter makes his way to the train as a blizzard hit the area Tuesday afternoon in Libertyville.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
A commuter walks down the platform at the Lubertyville Metra stop as a blizzard hit the area Tuesday afternoon.
  A commuter walks down the platform at the Lubertyville Metra stop as a blizzard hit the area Tuesday afternoon.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Don Jessen of Mt. Prospect gets ready to ride 2.3 miles home on his bike from the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard. He says he rides his bike every day, regardless of the weather.
  Don Jessen of Mt. Prospect gets ready to ride 2.3 miles home on his bike from the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard. He says he rides his bike every day, regardless of the weather.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Commuters wait for a train to clear at the Mt. Prospect Metra station during Tuesday's blizzard.
  Commuters wait for a train to clear at the Mt. Prospect Metra station during Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Don Jessen of Mt. Prospect begins the 2.3 mile ride home on his bike from the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard. He says he rides his bike every day, regardless of the weather.
  Don Jessen of Mt. Prospect begins the 2.3 mile ride home on his bike from the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard. He says he rides his bike every day, regardless of the weather.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
Don Jessen of Mt. Prospect gets ready to ride 2.3 miles home on his bike from the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard. He says he rides his bike every day, regardless of the weather.
  Don Jessen of Mt. Prospect gets ready to ride 2.3 miles home on his bike from the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard. He says he rides his bike every day, regardless of the weather.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
A commuter walks on the center platform at the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard.
  A commuter walks on the center platform at the Mt. Prospect train station during Tuesday's blizzard.
JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer
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