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Church volunteer Dee Gray of Palatine serves up a hot turkey dinner to Yenice Benitez,11, of Rolling Meadows at the All Saints Lutheran Church on Thanksgiving Day.

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Former Naperville Central football coach Joe Bunge watches his wife and daughter as they take part in the 15th annual Turkey Trot in Naperville.

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Katie McKillen of Barrington was the first woman to cross the finish line in the 4-mile-run during the second annual Wauconda Turkey Trot. Proceeds from the race went to the Wauconda Food Pantry.

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Morning shadows stretch down Main St. in downtown Wauconda as runners prepare for second annual Wauconda Turkey Trot.

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Eric Halloran of Wauconda powers to the finish line of the 4-mile-run during the second annual Wauconda Turkey Trot.

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Seventeen-year-old Kevin Boyle of Grayslake finishes the 4-mile-run in first place with a time of 22:29:01 during the second annual Wauconda Turkey Trot.

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Three-year-old Ryan Little of Wauconda cheers on her daddy during the second annual Wauconda Turkey Trot.

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About 800 runners dash at the start of the second annual Wauconda Turkey Trot.

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Parishoners take part in a Thanksgiving Day service at First Church of Christ Scientist in Glen Ellyn.

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Left to right, readers Craig Ghislin, Cindy Smith and soloist Solange Sior, lead the congregation in a hymn during Thanksgiving Day service at First Church of Christ Scientist in Glen Ellyn.

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Lisa and John Endrud of Naperville and their son William, 9, prepare for the 15th annual Turkey Trot in Naperville.

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Camden Leahy, 14, of Naperville, takes off in the 15th annual Turkey Trot in Naperville.

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The Turkey Trot in Naperville draws thousands of runners, some dressing up, for the annual Thanksgiving 5K run.

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Steve Saul of Naperville gets warmed up with members of the Welch Elementary School running club, which includes grades 3-8. They were getting ready to run in the 15th annual Turkey Trot in Naperville.

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Pastor Jennifer Moland-Kovash talks to the family members, left to right, Milton and Paulette Boeger and Mary and John Lofgren of Palatine at the All Saints Lutheran Church Thankgiving dinner.

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Carl Moland-Kovash, left, in charge of the whipped cream for the pumpkin pie slices, tops off the slice of Michael Berber ,12, of Palatine at the All Saints Lutheran Church Thankgiving dinner.

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A full house took part at the All Saints Lutheran Church in Palatine for a Thankgiving dinner.

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Seaman Recruit Gur Yilmaz of Newark, New Jersey serves himself some mashed potatoes as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 182 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

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Seaman Recruit Matt Sutherland gets his plate filled as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 182 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

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Seaman Recruits from left, Morena Illidge of Manchester, England, Trey Baker of Cincinnati, Ohio and Logan Hubbard of Herman, Missouri play Wii games as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 182 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast .

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Pastor Chris Stephens claps as Seaman Recruits enter the dinning room as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 182 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

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Seaman Recruits enter to a round of applause as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 182 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

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Seaman Recruits enter to a round of applause as the Gurnee Community Church hosted 182 sailors from Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes for their 10th annual Thanksgiving Day feast.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Parker Woodworth of Geneva nears the finish line of the 16th annual Fox & Turkey 4-mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day. This is Woodworth's second year running in the race, and he even got his family to run as well. They wore t-shirts saying, "Goofy Gobblers."

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Jim Webb of St. Charles cheers runners in the youth division as they near the finish line at the 16th annual Fox & Turkey 4-mile run in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day.

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A fox mascot from the 16th annual Fox & Turkey run offers a hand to a finishing youth runners in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day.

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A tent city has been building in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg since midnight Tuesday. Felipe Acosta,33, of Mt. Prospect was among the first in line for Black Friday deals on televisions and other electronics.

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Matt Runowski,20, of Streamwood keeps warm in his sleeping bag with the rest of his friends as they wait on Best Buy's Black Friday deal, a 40-inch flat screen television for 179.99.

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A tent city has been building in front of the Best Buy in Schaumburg since midnight Tuesday. Felipe Acosta,33, of Mt. Prospect was among the first in line for Black Friday deals on televisions and other electronics.

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Grady Babcock, 4, of St. Charles watches at his mom, Jill, fills up his plate Lazarus House's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Salvation Army in St. Charles. Members of the Babcock family have been attending the meal for the past seven years.

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Glen Ostgaard of Geneva fills up a plate at Lazarus House's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Salvation Army in St. Charles. Ostgaard has been coming to the dinner for the past seven or eight years.

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Marlene Thanepohn of St. Charles fills her plate at Lazarus House's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Salvation Army in St. Charles. Thanepohn came by herself. After spending the past four years alone, she decided to come to the community dinner.

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Families dine at Lazarus House's annual Thanksgiving Day dinner at the Salvation Army in St. Charles .

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Beth Anderson of Streamwood, third from left, Carol Johnson and Marlene Hensrud, both of Elgin, bow their heads in prayer with fellow volunteers before serving at the fourth annual community dinner in Elgin at the First United Methodist Church. Johnson and Hensrud are residents of the Edgewood active adult community in Elgin, and they brought several volunteers to assist with the meal.

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Daniel Lopez, 9, of Elgin chows down on a slice of turkey at Elgin's fourth annual community dinner held at the First United Methodist Church. This is the third year his family has been coming to the dinner.

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Amairani Dominquez, 6, has her plate filled by volunteer Marlene Hensrud at Elgin's fourth annual community dinner at the First United Methodist Church. Amairani and her mother, Olivia DeLaRosa, center, were the first in line. This is the first time they have attended the dinner.

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Hadley Copeland, 14, of Elgin, tops off slices of pie with whipped cream at Elgin's fourth annual community dinner at the First United Methodist Church. This is the second year she has helped out.

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Daniel Lopez, 9, of Elgin chows down on a slice of turkey at Elgin's fourth annual community dinner held at the First United Methodist Church. This is the third year his family has been coming to the dinner.

Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 11/22/2012 3:02 PM

About this Gallery

Suburban residents celebrated Thanksgiving in many ways Thursday. Some of the highlights were dinner for sailors in Gurnee, Thanksgiving meals for members of the community in Palatine, Elgin and St. Charles, and multiple turkey trots incuding those in Batavia, Wauconda and Naperville.
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