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  • Two-year-old Emilie Patterson, center, of Geneva, is in complete awe of the "balloon barrage" at the end of the Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show Tuesday at the Geneva Public Library.

       Two-year-old Emilie Patterson, center, of Geneva, is in complete awe of the "balloon barrage" at the end of the Smarty Pants Big Balloon Show Tuesday at the Geneva Public Library.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • Genevive Sroufek, 3, of Geneva, struggles to tote a basket of books while looking for things to check out Monday at the Geneva Public Library. Her mom had told her she could get three books and she had it whittled down to 12 at the time.

       Genevive Sroufek, 3, of Geneva, struggles to tote a basket of books while looking for things to check out Monday at the Geneva Public Library. Her mom had told her she could get three books and she had it whittled down to 12 at the time.
    Rick West | Staff Photographer

  • Jim Erboe, a part-time employee at River Valley Memorial Gardens, places Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans Monday afternoon in Elgin.

       Jim Erboe, a part-time employee at River Valley Memorial Gardens, places Christmas wreaths on the graves of veterans Monday afternoon in Elgin.
    Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

  • A nearsighted visitor watches a Veterans Celebration Concert at St. Charles North High School on Veterans Day. The school's student musicians played patriotic music during the program.

       A nearsighted visitor watches a Veterans Celebration Concert at St. Charles North High School on Veterans Day. The school's student musicians played patriotic music during the program.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Barb Roderick, of Elgin, waits in line as seven turkey dinners are packaged for her at the Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Roderick collected names from residents in her building at Burnham Manor (as well as a neighbor who lives down her block) who wanted a hot meal on the holiday and delivered to directly to them. Every month she does something to give back to the community and this was November's pick for her. She even enlisted the help of her neighbor, Larry Funk, on right, to help her deliver the meals.

       Barb Roderick, of Elgin, waits in line as seven turkey dinners are packaged for her at the Elgin Community Thanksgiving Dinner at the First United Methodist Church in Elgin on Thanksgiving Day. Roderick collected names from residents in her building at Burnham Manor (as well as a neighbor who lives down her block) who wanted a hot meal on the holiday and delivered to directly to them. Every month she does something to give back to the community and this was November's pick for her. She even enlisted the help of her neighbor, Larry Funk, on right, to help her deliver the meals.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • And they're off!! Kids rush westbound on Houston Street from the starting line in the Youth Mile of the annual Fox and Turkey Races in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day.

       And they're off!! Kids rush westbound on Houston Street from the starting line in the Youth Mile of the annual Fox and Turkey Races in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Jackson Fuhrmann, 6, of Geneva, donned a turkey hat to run in the Youth Mile in the annual Fox and Turkey Races in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day. He and his mother, Jennifer, have been participating in the races for the past three years.

       Jackson Fuhrmann, 6, of Geneva, donned a turkey hat to run in the Youth Mile in the annual Fox and Turkey Races in Batavia on Thanksgiving Day. He and his mother, Jennifer, have been participating in the races for the past three years.
    Laura Stoecker | Staff Photographer

  • Congregation member Debbie Krueger, of Gurnee, wears a turkey hat during the annual free Thanksgiving dinner offered by the Gurnee Community Church for sailors and residents of the community on Thursday. The church hosted over 160 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station and provided them with dinner, recreational activities and phone use to call home.

       Congregation member Debbie Krueger, of Gurnee, wears a turkey hat during the annual free Thanksgiving dinner offered by the Gurnee Community Church for sailors and residents of the community on Thursday. The church hosted over 160 sailors from Great Lakes Naval Station and provided them with dinner, recreational activities and phone use to call home.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Amanda Vallejera, of the combined St. Charles North High School and St. Charles East choirs, belts out a Christmas tune during the tree lighting ceremony Friday at First Street Plaza in St. Charles.

       Amanda Vallejera, of the combined St. Charles North High School and St. Charles East choirs, belts out a Christmas tune during the tree lighting ceremony Friday at First Street Plaza in St. Charles.
    Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

  • Sabrina O'Dowd, left to right, Kaila Husk, Angelica Torres, and Shiloh Lampkin, along with other members of the Round Lake High School Chorus group Mental Notes, use their smart phones to light their music books as they sing Christmas songs at the Village of Round Lake Beach annual tree lighting on Friday at the village hall.

       Sabrina O'Dowd, left to right, Kaila Husk, Angelica Torres, and Shiloh Lampkin, along with other members of the Round Lake High School Chorus group Mental Notes, use their smart phones to light their music books as they sing Christmas songs at the Village of Round Lake Beach annual tree lighting on Friday at the village hall.
    George LeClaire | Staff Photographer

  • Santa arrived at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Friday to throw the switch to light the Christmas tree so that Agata Opoka, of Schaumburg, and her son Filip, 4, could celebrate the holidays with a little illumination.

       Santa arrived at the Prairie Center for the Arts in Schaumburg on Friday to throw the switch to light the Christmas tree so that Agata Opoka, of Schaumburg, and her son Filip, 4, could celebrate the holidays with a little illumination.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Having their picture taken by the Arlington Heights Christmas tree is a tradition that many families do, like Dave Bixby with his daughters, Ania, 6, and Karen, 9, of Arlington Heights, at the annual tree-lighting ceremony at North School Park on Friday.

       Having their picture taken by the Arlington Heights Christmas tree is a tradition that many families do, like Dave Bixby with his daughters, Ania, 6, and Karen, 9, of Arlington Heights, at the annual tree-lighting ceremony at North School Park on Friday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Frank Katz, 5, and his brother Tommie, 3, of Prospect Heights, roast marshmallows before visiting with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.

       Frank Katz, 5, and his brother Tommie, 3, of Prospect Heights, roast marshmallows before visiting with Santa at the Prospect Heights tree-lighting held at city hall on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • The Village of Fox Lake and Korpan's Landing 57th Annual Holiday Parade kicks off with Braidy Beagle, 10, Ali Beagle, 8, with Peyton Bannon, 11, Annie Willis, 10, and Katie Beagle, 8, all of Spring Grove, watching for the star of the show, Santa, to show up on Saturday.

       The Village of Fox Lake and Korpan's Landing 57th Annual Holiday Parade kicks off with Braidy Beagle, 10, Ali Beagle, 8, with Peyton Bannon, 11, Annie Willis, 10, and Katie Beagle, 8, all of Spring Grove, watching for the star of the show, Santa, to show up on Saturday.
    Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

  • Jacob Franklin, 16, stands on the curb in front of his grandmother's house Sunday at the Merry Cary Holiday Parade on Main Street in Cary. He used a remote control car with an attached box to collect candy. "It gets a lot of attention," he said.

       Jacob Franklin, 16, stands on the curb in front of his grandmother's house Sunday at the Merry Cary Holiday Parade on Main Street in Cary. He used a remote control car with an attached box to collect candy. "It gets a lot of attention," he said.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

  • Anna and Darek Fraczek, of Northbrook, right, hold onto Izabella, 4, during Skating in the Park at MB Financial Park in Rosemont on Sunday. The day featured free Ice skating for the public, skating demonstrations and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony that evening.

       Anna and Darek Fraczek, of Northbrook, right, hold onto Izabella, 4, during Skating in the Park at MB Financial Park in Rosemont on Sunday. The day featured free Ice skating for the public, skating demonstrations and the Christmas tree lighting ceremony that evening.
    Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

  • Sarah MacKenzie, of St. Charles, plays with holiday lights wrapped around her clarinet Sunday at the Celebration of Lights Festival on the Batavia Riverwalk at Houston and Island Streets in downtown Batavia. The Batavia Community Band played holiday music while thousands of citizens and visitors sang.

       Sarah MacKenzie, of St. Charles, plays with holiday lights wrapped around her clarinet Sunday at the Celebration of Lights Festival on the Batavia Riverwalk at Houston and Island Streets in downtown Batavia. The Batavia Community Band played holiday music while thousands of citizens and visitors sang.
    John Starks | Staff Photographer

 

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