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Honorio Vega, who lives in Highland Park and works in Des Plaines, wipes his forehead after playing tennis with a co-worker during the noon hour at Lions Park in Mount Prospect Friday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

The heat didn't slow down two year old Lia LaValle of Arlington Heights Friday at the Meadows Park Aquatic Center in Mount Prospect.

Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

Britney Culp gets her hair cut by Paul Mitchell the School Chicago as part of a St. Baldricks fundraiser at the Taste of Lombard in Madison Meadow Park. Paul Mitchell the School Chicago raised over $88,000 for charity last year.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Several carnival riders fly through blistering heat, during the Taste of Lombard at Madison Meadow Park.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Jake Wenz, 12 of Naperville, jumps off the high board at Centennial Beach in Naperville on Friday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Hallie Foulkes, 2, of Sugar Grove gets a coating of sunscreen on her face from her mom Liz while at Swanson Pool in St. Charles Friday.

Rick West | Staff Photographer

Dionysos DanceTroupe with St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Elmhurst dances at the Greek fest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville on Friday. The dance troupe preforms at the festival again on Saturday and Sunday.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Just after sunset at Greek fest at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Libertyville on Friday, July 6.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Cody, a golden retriever owned by Doug Cayce of Libertyville practices his jumping during Dog Days in downtown Libertyville Friday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Bree Davis of Matoon feeds her dog "Seika" some ice cream during Mainstreet Libertyville's out to lunch in Cook Park as the heat wave continues Friday.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Soap makers Lori Malina of Lake Villa, left, and Laura Zielinski of Kenosha, Wisconsin set up their tent in preparation for Civil War days at Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda Friday. The event runs all weekend.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Joe Picardi high-fives his coaches before receiving his Bartlett Little League Challenger Division trophy at the end-of-year ceremony.

Joel Bissell | Staff Photographer

Streamwood firefighter/paramedic Lisa Meyer sprays water on the smoldering remains of a house fire in the 100 block of Grey Fox Ct. in Streamwood on Saturday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Reynaldo Rivera keeps cool between games during the Northern Illinois Vintage Baseball Tournament held at Cantigny Park in Wheaton. Rivera and teammate Paul Nelson, right, play for the Aurora Town Club Vintage Baseball team.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

Jessica Nichols, 11, of Downers Grove gets her head shaved courtesy of Cristy Vazquez of Paul Mitchell the School Chicago, for the St. Baldricks' charity at the Taste of Lombard.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

An immature dickcissel perches in a tree, panting due to the extreme heat, at Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia on Saturday, July 7. Members of the Kane County Audubon Society, a local chapter of the Illinois Audubon Society, met for their monthly bird walk at the preserve.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Bella Adams, 4, of Winthrop Harbor catches a "small fry" during Saturday's fishing derby for kids at Maurice Noll Park in Mundelein.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

A Star Wars Storm Trooper says hello to kids at the Bartlett Lion's Club Fourth of July Parade on Sunday

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Union soldiers advance on a Confederate dispatch during Civil War Days Sunday in the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda. The hourlong battle featured booming canon fire and extensive military maneuvering across the fields of the preserve.

Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

Anna Li, who was chosen last Sunday as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games, stands before a gym full of fans during a send-off celebration in Aurora on Monday.

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Fans from all over cheer and shower Anna Li with confetti in Aurora on Monday. Li was chosen last Sunday as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Fans from all over gather in Aurora on Monday, to send-off Anna Li who was chosen last Sunday as an alternate member of the U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team for the upcoming London Olympic Games.

John McGillen | Staff Photographer

Pro-life activist Angelica Bratcher, 14, of Cary stands along Dundee Road at the intersection of Dundee and Rand in Palatine spreading the message about abortion.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Andre Hromic of Wauconda, left, and Alex Gracanin of Chicago, both 12, splash into the water after going down a slide Tuesday at Barefoot Bay Family Aquatic Center in Mundelein.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

10-year-old Maggie Fewkes of Lake Zurich sings a solo as the Ela Theater Company rehearse for their production of Once On This Island Jr. Tuesday night in Lake Zurich.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

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Bess Vlahakis of Steger, Illinois, paints amusement ride cars, Thursday, preparing for the carnival in Des Plaines this weekend.

George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

Lois Tuman, 15, of Elmwood Park enjoys a funnel cake during the opening night of Itasca Fest Thursday. Well over 10 food vendors offer tasty treats for all. The fest runs through the weekend.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Fabiola Cruz, 6, of West Chicago enjoys a taco during Railroad Days in West Chicago Thursday. Today was the first day of this fest that runs through the weekend. The fest offers food games and fun for all ages.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Safia Baldwin and Jamie Russell both 14 of Glendale Heights take a ride on the "Vertigo" during the second day of Glendale Heights Fest, Thursday.

Mark Black | Staff Photographer

The shoreline of the Fox River along the Batavia Riverwalk has receded several feet due to the ongoing drought.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

This serigraph by artist Joe Price entitled "Ripening" is one of the works on display at the College of Lake County's Robert T. Wright Community Gallery of Art. Price, of California, originally exhibited his work at the college in 2003 and recently donated a large body of his work to the college. Serigraphs are made by forcing ink through the open stencil areas of a silk-screen. The show runs through August 10.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Gallery updated: 7/16/2012 11:36 AM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features festivals, various events, and a lot of people doing whatever they can to deal with the heat.
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