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  • A group of snowboarders hit the slopes at Four Lake Ski Area in Lisle Thursday.

       A group of snowboarders hit the slopes at Four Lake Ski Area in Lisle Thursday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Kaia Mavradas, 5, of Mount Prospect, wears a party hat and glasses during the New Year's Eve-Eve Celebration Sunday at Bristol Court Banquets in Mount Prospect. The Mount Propect Downtown Merchants Association hosted the fifth annual party for all ages.

       Kaia Mavradas, 5, of Mount Prospect, wears a party hat and glasses during the New Year's Eve-Eve Celebration Sunday at Bristol Court Banquets in Mount Prospect. The Mount Propect Downtown Merchants Association hosted the fifth annual party for all ages.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Natalia Lawitz, of Wauconda, and her son Danny, 2, sled Saturday at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.

       Natalia Lawitz, of Wauconda, and her son Danny, 2, sled Saturday at the Lakewood Forest Preserve near Wauconda.
    JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

  • Evelyn Mosena, 3, of Carol Stream, gets her face painted at the Carol Stream Park District Teeny Weenie New Year's Eve Ball Saturday.

       Evelyn Mosena, 3, of Carol Stream, gets her face painted at the Carol Stream Park District Teeny Weenie New Year's Eve Ball Saturday.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • John Knoepfle and daughter Nikki and wife Cristina, of Naperville, saw the Yule Log in half after following clues to its location during The Morton Arboretum 35th annual Hunt for the Yule Log Sunday.

       John Knoepfle and daughter Nikki and wife Cristina, of Naperville, saw the Yule Log in half after following clues to its location during The Morton Arboretum 35th annual Hunt for the Yule Log Sunday.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Nikki Knoepfle, of Naperville, pours ceremonial wine over the Yule Log during The Morton Arboretum 35th annual Hunt for the Yule Log, Sunday. Knoepfle and her parents, John and Cristina, found the log by following clues to it's location on the arboretum grounds.

       Nikki Knoepfle, of Naperville, pours ceremonial wine over the Yule Log during The Morton Arboretum 35th annual Hunt for the Yule Log, Sunday. Knoepfle and her parents, John and Cristina, found the log by following clues to it's location on the arboretum grounds.
    Mark Black | Staff Photographer

  • Four-year-old twins Emily, left, and Abigail Schiltz, of Naperville, meet the Grinch as other kids wait their turn to pose for photos, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville Friday.

       Four-year-old twins Emily, left, and Abigail Schiltz, of Naperville, meet the Grinch as other kids wait their turn to pose for photos, at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville Friday.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Noah Walter, 13, Kyle Walter, 15, and Jordan Walter, 21, all of Arlington Heights, get a wild ride on the sled hill at Sunset Meadows Park Friday in Arlington Heights.

       Noah Walter, 13, Kyle Walter, 15, and Jordan Walter, 21, all of Arlington Heights, get a wild ride on the sled hill at Sunset Meadows Park Friday in Arlington Heights.
    Bill Zars | Staff Photographer

  • Educator Seleena Kuester performs a ball drop as kids learned about New Year's customs from around the world at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda Thursday.

       Educator Seleena Kuester performs a ball drop as kids learned about New Year's customs from around the world at the Lake County Discovery Museum in Wauconda Thursday.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Grant Betulius, right, Neuqua Valley High School graduate and current student at the University of Iowa, trains with other former area high school swimmers and possible future Olympians at his alma mater Wednesday during their holiday break.

       Grant Betulius, right, Neuqua Valley High School graduate and current student at the University of Iowa, trains with other former area high school swimmers and possible future Olympians at his alma mater Wednesday during their holiday break.
    Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

  • Organizer Lora Rampino, of Lake Zurich, holds up a 3-D snowflake made by a volunteer as people banded together to create snowflakes for the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. About 200 people showed up to Concord Banquets in Lake Zurich for the snowflake making effort. An estimated 5000 snowflakes were made.

       Organizer Lora Rampino, of Lake Zurich, holds up a 3-D snowflake made by a volunteer as people banded together to create snowflakes for the kids of Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. About 200 people showed up to Concord Banquets in Lake Zurich for the snowflake making effort. An estimated 5000 snowflakes were made.
    Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

  • Richard Ahrens, of East Dundee, waves to travelers on the corner of Rt. 31 and Stone Street in South Elgin on Christmas Day. 20 years ago, Ahrens lived in a home at this corner and found himself bored after his children moved away, so he decided to dress up like Santa and wave to people on the road. He stands out there no matter rain, sleet, or snow for about three hours. People come to take pictures with him, bring him coffee or just honk and say Merry Christmas.

       Richard Ahrens, of East Dundee, waves to travelers on the corner of Rt. 31 and Stone Street in South Elgin on Christmas Day. 20 years ago, Ahrens lived in a home at this corner and found himself bored after his children moved away, so he decided to dress up like Santa and wave to people on the road. He stands out there no matter rain, sleet, or snow for about three hours. People come to take pictures with him, bring him coffee or just honk and say Merry Christmas.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Two horse wearing Santa hats nuzzle at a private barn called Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. This is the eighth year the horses have worn the hats. Many drivers stop along Route 31 to look and take pictures.

       Two horse wearing Santa hats nuzzle at a private barn called Canterfield Farm in West Dundee on Christmas Day. This is the eighth year the horses have worn the hats. Many drivers stop along Route 31 to look and take pictures.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Navy E-3 Parker Forman is reflected in a desk mirror as he talks to family in Utah at Christian Liberty Academy on Christmas Day. Linda and Bob Stack hosted 25 U.S. Navy recruits at the Arlington Heights school who couldn't go home for the holidays. The recruits were fed and used the phone, computer, and table games.

       Navy E-3 Parker Forman is reflected in a desk mirror as he talks to family in Utah at Christian Liberty Academy on Christmas Day. Linda and Bob Stack hosted 25 U.S. Navy recruits at the Arlington Heights school who couldn't go home for the holidays. The recruits were fed and used the phone, computer, and table games.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Bin Healy, 5, of Mundelein, celebrates as his grandmother Ann Healy wins a bingo game at the Lake County owned Winchester House nursing home on Christmas Day in Libertyville.

       Bin Healy, 5, of Mundelein, celebrates as his grandmother Ann Healy wins a bingo game at the Lake County owned Winchester House nursing home on Christmas Day in Libertyville.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Bob Eckersberg and Marlilee Zuccaro, both of Elmhurst, chat with Santa before lunch was served at the Chicago Marriott Naperville. The Naperville YMCA and Naperville Park District combined forces to offer a Christmas luncheon for senior citizens for the 29th year.

       Bob Eckersberg and Marlilee Zuccaro, both of Elmhurst, chat with Santa before lunch was served at the Chicago Marriott Naperville. The Naperville YMCA and Naperville Park District combined forces to offer a Christmas luncheon for senior citizens for the 29th year.
    Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

  • Curtis Bergstrom steps carefully over the edge of a temporary ice rink in County Park in South Elgin Monday. He and neighborhood friend Alex Bowers rode their bikes to the park and spent time sliding on the thin ice. They are both 12 and said the ice cracked as they walked.

       Curtis Bergstrom steps carefully over the edge of a temporary ice rink in County Park in South Elgin Monday. He and neighborhood friend Alex Bowers rode their bikes to the park and spent time sliding on the thin ice. They are both 12 and said the ice cracked as they walked.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • As a professional news photographer, I always try to avoid taking pictures of the subjects if they are merely lined up left to right and looking at the camera. However, when I saw this scene as I drove down Main Street in Lombard, I just couldn't pass it up.

       As a professional news photographer, I always try to avoid taking pictures of the subjects if they are merely lined up left to right and looking at the camera. However, when I saw this scene as I drove down Main Street in Lombard, I just couldn't pass it up.
    Scott Sanders | Staff Photographer

  • U.S. Army Spec. Joseph Cappello, of Mount Prospect, is amazed at the crowd after arriving home from Afghanistan on Christmas Eve at the Arlington Heights American Legion Hall Post 208.

       U.S. Army Spec. Joseph Cappello, of Mount Prospect, is amazed at the crowd after arriving home from Afghanistan on Christmas Eve at the Arlington Heights American Legion Hall Post 208.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

 

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