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  • Jakob Snyder, 4, of Wheaton dresses as his favorite pilot, during the "Learning is All Around Me" program at the DuPage Children's Museum.

       Jakob Snyder, 4, of Wheaton dresses as his favorite pilot, during the "Learning is All Around Me" program at the DuPage Children's Museum.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Soaking her poor tired feet in Epson salts Jennifer Mertz, 30, of Glen Ellyn along with her sister Bonnie Vastola, 32, of Naperville set up their pink tent among the already hundreds of others for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day event at the Maryville Academy in Des Plaines on Friday.

       Soaking her poor tired feet in Epson salts Jennifer Mertz, 30, of Glen Ellyn along with her sister Bonnie Vastola, 32, of Naperville set up their pink tent among the already hundreds of others for the 2012 Susan G. Komen Chicago 3-Day event at the Maryville Academy in Des Plaines on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Casimere Jollette, 16, of Addison, trains at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove. Casimere is training to participate in the annual "Youth America Grand Prix" in January.

       Casimere Jollette, 16, of Addison, trains at the Academy of Dance Arts in Downers Grove. Casimere is training to participate in the annual "Youth America Grand Prix" in January.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Nicolas Salazar climbs the big top to release a hook during set up for the Carson & Barnes Circus Friday August 10, 2012. When those children of whatever age go under the Big Top at the Carson & Barnes Circus at Mooseheart from Aug. 10-12, they'll be helping to put smiles on the faces of Mooseheart children of all ages -- because 100 percent of the proceeds from the circus that weekend go to Mooseheart. "Its a chance for all families to build that memory of going to the circus together and for children to say that the first time they saw circus was under the Big Top at Mooseheart,  Mooseheart Executive Director Scott Hart said.

       Nicolas Salazar climbs the big top to release a hook during set up for the Carson & Barnes Circus Friday August 10, 2012. When those children of whatever age go under the Big Top at the Carson & Barnes Circus at Mooseheart from Aug. 10-12, they'll be helping to put smiles on the faces of Mooseheart children of all ages -- because 100 percent of the proceeds from the circus that weekend go to Mooseheart. "Its a chance for all families to build that memory of going to the circus together and for children to say that the first time they saw circus was under the Big Top at Mooseheart, Mooseheart Executive Director Scott Hart said.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • Gurnee police officer Dana Dingman, right, gives instructions to 4-year-old Reese Warwick of Gurnee during the Gurnee Days annual Bike Rodeo Friday at the Gurnee Fire Station #1. Gurnee Days activities continue through Sunday.

       Gurnee police officer Dana Dingman, right, gives instructions to 4-year-old Reese Warwick of Gurnee during the Gurnee Days annual Bike Rodeo Friday at the Gurnee Fire Station #1. Gurnee Days activities continue through Sunday.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • The Zipper spins in the evening sky during Lakemoor Fest Friday night.

       The Zipper spins in the evening sky during Lakemoor Fest Friday night.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Shane Lubecker of Algonquin performs during the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent finals Saturday at the Mane Event in downtown Arlington Heights.

       Shane Lubecker of Algonquin performs during the Suburban Chicago's Got Talent finals Saturday at the Mane Event in downtown Arlington Heights.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Actor Vern Troyer, who played "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movie series signed autographs at Hollywood Palms in Naperville Saturday. He was posing for photographs with Jan Baumgartner of Naperville in this photo. She waited over two hours to get her photo taken with him.

       Actor Vern Troyer, who played "Mini Me" in the Austin Powers movie series signed autographs at Hollywood Palms in Naperville Saturday. He was posing for photographs with Jan Baumgartner of Naperville in this photo. She waited over two hours to get her photo taken with him.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Charles Weeden of Sycamore is wheeled by his lifelong friend Frank Minnis to the front of a B-29 aircraft, during Community Days Weekend at the DuPage Airport. During World War II, Weeden flew bombing missions from the Tinian Islands to Japan.

       Charles Weeden of Sycamore is wheeled by his lifelong friend Frank Minnis to the front of a B-29 aircraft, during Community Days Weekend at the DuPage Airport. During World War II, Weeden flew bombing missions from the Tinian Islands to Japan.
    Daniel White | Staff Photographer

  • Jasmine Su, 4, of Bartlett, checks out a mini Eiffel Tower on display for French Connection Day at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Sunday.

       Jasmine Su, 4, of Bartlett, checks out a mini Eiffel Tower on display for French Connection Day at Cantigny Park in Wheaton on Sunday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Left to right, Jessica Cox, 10, Erin Miller, 11 and Annamarie Petrella, 11, of Wood Dale, take a turn on the Moby Dick carnival ride during Wood Dale Prairie Fest at Town Center on Sunday.

       Left to right, Jessica Cox, 10, Erin Miller, 11 and Annamarie Petrella, 11, of Wood Dale, take a turn on the Moby Dick carnival ride during Wood Dale Prairie Fest at Town Center on Sunday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Marcell Purham of Wheaton attempts a board flip at the BMX and Skateboard Contest hosted by the Geneva Park District at the 1800 South Street skate park in Geneva Sunday. Purham placed first in the intermediate level competition as well as best trick competition.

       Marcell Purham of Wheaton attempts a board flip at the BMX and Skateboard Contest hosted by the Geneva Park District at the 1800 South Street skate park in Geneva Sunday. Purham placed first in the intermediate level competition as well as best trick competition.
    Christian Gossin | Staff Photographer

  • The orange field turf meant to resemble sand in Melas Park in Mount Prospect looks a lot like shag rug from the 70s.

       The orange field turf meant to resemble sand in Melas Park in Mount Prospect looks a lot like shag rug from the 70s.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • MTV MADE teen life coach Jeff Yalden hugs junior Marissa Ahrens at Jacobs High School after his presentation on the first day of school Monday. His story about the passing of his wife's grandfather had reminded her of her grandfather's battle with Alzheimer's.

       MTV MADE teen life coach Jeff Yalden hugs junior Marissa Ahrens at Jacobs High School after his presentation on the first day of school Monday. His story about the passing of his wife's grandfather had reminded her of her grandfather's battle with Alzheimer's.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • A red-tailed hawk leaves its perch after having a bite to eat on top of a Libertyville lamp post Monday morning.

       A red-tailed hawk leaves its perch after having a bite to eat on top of a Libertyville lamp post Monday morning.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • New physical education teacher Nichole Vittorino works with young students at the Goddard School in Elgin. Vittorino, 25 from Gilberts, is the first PE teacher at over 300 Goddard School locations across the country.

       New physical education teacher Nichole Vittorino works with young students at the Goddard School in Elgin. Vittorino, 25 from Gilberts, is the first PE teacher at over 300 Goddard School locations across the country.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • 5-year-old Ruby Nevins of Green Oaks participates in a conga line as Cook Park Library held their end-of-summer family gala with a concert by award-winning singer/songwriter Dave Rudolph Tuesday at Cook Park in Libertyville.

       5-year-old Ruby Nevins of Green Oaks participates in a conga line as Cook Park Library held their end-of-summer family gala with a concert by award-winning singer/songwriter Dave Rudolph Tuesday at Cook Park in Libertyville.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Rafee Mahmud dressed as an alien from Toy Story for the Apollo 13 theme at Naperville North as seniors dress up for the traditional first day of school.

       Rafee Mahmud dressed as an alien from Toy Story for the Apollo 13 theme at Naperville North as seniors dress up for the traditional first day of school.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Seven-year-old Gabriel Morales waits patiently to get off the school bus for first grade during the first day of school at Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora Wednesday August 15, 2012.

       Seven-year-old Gabriel Morales waits patiently to get off the school bus for first grade during the first day of school at Fearn Elementary School in North Aurora Wednesday August 15, 2012.
    BRIAN HILL | Staff Photographer

  • First day of classes were held Wednesday at the Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 schools. First grade student Hannah Phillips cracks a little smile as she heads into Robert Crown School.

       First day of classes were held Wednesday at the Wauconda Community Unit School District 118 schools. First grade student Hannah Phillips cracks a little smile as she heads into Robert Crown School.
    Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

  • Senior Jacob Adams is ready to go on his way to his first class on the first day of school at Grant High School in Fox Lake Wednesday.

       Senior Jacob Adams is ready to go on his way to his first class on the first day of school at Grant High School in Fox Lake Wednesday.
    Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

 

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