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Around 7,000 women came out to Lake County Fair Grounds in Grayslake Saturday to participate in the Dirty Girl 5k. A portion of the proceeds goes out to the National Breast Cancer Association.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Joniqia Howard of Puerto Rico is helped out of the mud by two of her teammates during the 'Dirty Girl 5k' on Saturday.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Steve Miller, right, of the Steve Miller Band, headlines the first day of Ribfest.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

6-year-old Luke Gera of Mundelein, shoots a water gun at 6-year-old Matthew Post of Mundelein during Fremont Elementary's summer classes and contests Friday in Mundelein.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Nicollette Gramatis and Max Kornfeld of Libertyville, scream while on the ride "Ali Baba" at Mundelein Community Days.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Michala Kueker, 11, of the Palatine Tiger Sharks swim team helps carry a large American flag during the Palatine Hometown Parade Saturday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Sam Thurston, 5, of Midlothian takes a swing during the Chicago White Sox training academy camp for kids at Naperville's Ribfest.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Laney Lambert, 5, screams as she flies through the air on carnival ride during the Lisle's Eye to the Skies festival on Saturday.

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Stephany Warner, 17, celebrates after her boat crossed the finish line during the annual Glen Ellyn cardboard Regatta on Saturday at Lake Ellyn

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Five-year-old Breeanna Duffy of Crystal Lake, pedals down the parade route during the 33rd annual Lakeside Festival in Crystal Lake Saturday June 30, 2012.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Tammy Duckworth waves to her 500 volunteers/supporters before Joe Walsh took the stage with his guitar.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Mia Nguyen, 13, left, and Nicole Runtz, 12, both of Barrington, stand in front of a fan blowing mists of water to keep cool during Barrington's Fourth of July Festival at the Metra commuter lot in downtown Barrington Sunday.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Ryan Harrington, 11, of Wheaton, gets his fingers messy as he tastes ribs during the Naperville Ribest judging on Sunday, July 1.

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Traffic streaks by on the Jane Addams Tollway in Elgin Friday morning as a storm front moves across the sky. Menacing clouds were followed by lightning and much-needed rain.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

An interesting cloud pattern forms as a thunderstorm moves through Mundelein Friday morning.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Ominous looking clouds move into Lisle as a storm and much needed rain moved into the Chicago area on Friday morning.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Josh Wilson, Christopher Bryant and Willy Foster check out the damage to a home in Winfield after strong winds knocked down chimneys of several homes during an afternoon storm rolled through DuPage County, Sunday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

Xavier Contreras, 17, of Port Barrington, performs a roll as Keith Duck, owner of Raging Buffalo Wakeboard School drives the boat on the Fox River near Cary Monday.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Michael Kuryla, president of Cook County Fire Chiefs Association, extinguishes a child mannequin's cloths after its was intentionally set on fire with sparklers Cook County Department of Homeland Security holds fireworks safety demonstration at the Illinois Fire Safety Alliance in Mount Prospect on Tuesday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

The Schaumburg Boomers baseball team hosts fireworks at its field Tuesday night.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

People enjoy the fireworks show as Hawthorn Woods held their fireworks Tuesday night at Community Park.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

The annual Naperville fireworks show at Knoch Park.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Judges at Frontier Days Frisbee throw and catch contest watch as Peppers the Australian Cattle dog soars through the air after owner Gwen Sutton of Palatine makes a perfect throw on a hot summer night on Thursday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

10-year-old Ben Leonard of Libertyville cools off in a sprinkler with his black Labrador Paisley during Libertyville's 2012 Dog Days of Summer Thursday. The event continues through Saturday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Joe Weston, owner of JW Construction out of Lake Geneva, WI, cools off with cold water from the hose during an installation of a pergola in a Carpentersville backyard on Thursday, July 5. Weston likes to start early in order end early on hot days like this. He finds the extreme heat easier to deal with than extreme cold. "The heat's easier to deal with. [You] can take a lot of breaks." He manages the heat and can continue working in it by taking several water breaks in the shade.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 7/9/2012 12:01 AM

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This edition of The Week In Pictures features festivals, storms, hot weather, fireworks and more.
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