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A snowboarder exhales into the frigid air as he hikes to the top of the hill Thursday afternoon at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee. The popular sledding hill was packed with sledders, snowboarders and parents with cameras as the recent snowfall created a perfect chance to get out and play.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Dan Volk, of Grayslake, helps his daughter Carly, 1, make a postcard during the Lake County Discovery Museum's Ring in the New Year program Tuesday.

Paul Valade | Staff Photographer

Addison Robbins, 4, of Elmhurst, gets ready to pop a dry ice bubble, just one of the activites available at the 12th annual Bubble Bash at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Tuesday.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Jerry Slowik, of Arlington Heights, gathers with family and friends to watch his latest appearance on "Jeopardy" at Eddie's Restaurant and Lounge in Arlington Heights on New Year's Eve Tuesday. His mom, Debbie, and dad, Jerry, stand beside him as he pumps his fist after answering a question correctly on the prerecorded program.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Anel Garza, of Waukegan, dons her tutu costume as she makes a quick run through the freezing water celebrating the new year during the 15th Annual Polar Bear Plunge at Waukegan Municipal Beach.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

An adult bald eagle soars over the Fox River in South Elgin, clutching a fish in its talons for lunch, as a juvenile follows close behind. Temperatures in the single digits didn't mean much to the majestic birds, which found their food in the open water near the dam in South Elgin.

Christopher Hankins | Staff Photographer

Binoculars were the tool of choice as bird enthuiasts took their annual walk through the Nelson Lake/Dick Young Forest Preserve in Batavia to start the new year.

John Starks | Staff Photographer

Kevin and Eileen Woosley, of Aurora, pull their children Martin and Molly, both 6, through a snow covered field in Aurora Wednesday. "It's like the snow is creating a fresh palette for the year to make an imprint on," Kevin commented.

Paul Michna | Staff Photographer

Michelle Kottke, of South Cook Street in downtown Barrington, shovels out with the help of her dog Harlee. "I'm shoveling by hand, the old fashioned way," Kottke says, "This is the sixth time I've shoveled in the last 24 hours."

Bob Chwedyk | Staff Photographer

Bill Murray shovels snow from the sidewalk in front of his wife's vision care center on Prospect Avenue in Mount Prospect Thursday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Eleven-year-old Ben Dixon, of Elgin, cleans inches of accumulated snow from the family car Thursday morning.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Luke Hogan, of Western Springs, enjoys snowboarding down a hill next to the Oak Brook Public Library.

Daniel White | Staff Photographer

12-year-old Dylan McCauley, of Libertyville, shovels his driveway Thursday morning after a snow storm dumped almost a foot of snow on the area.

Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer

Vernon Hills residents Iriana Heyer and her daughter, Elsa, 5, sled down the hill at Century Park in Vernon Hills on Thursday after two days of falling snow produced almost 17 inches of snow. Nearly 50 people took advantage of the thick, fresh snow to enjoy the winter wonderland at the park.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

"I love the cold," declared Nick Siaglia, left, of Roselle, during a cross country skiing outing with Sarah Bopp of Bloomingdale. Both enjoy winter outdoor sports and took advantage of the area's recent snowfall to take their ski's out in Circle Park in Bloomingdale.

Bev Horne | Staff Photographer

Katherine Schlebecker, of Mundelein, and her dad, Al, have their blood drawn by Malgorzata Koston of Lifesource during the Everyday Heroes winter blood drive, which also included a Salvation Army Coat and Household Goods Drive, at the Mundelein Fire Station Number One, 1000 N. Midlothian Road, Saturday.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Cole Repak, 7, of the team the Lightning Boys, left, chases down a loose ball with Reid Olson, 6, of the Bulls team, during the Arlington Heights Park District 3 on 3 basketball tournament played at Pioneer Park on Saturday.

Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer

Omar Rasidagic, 12, of Grayslake, stands with his brother Hamza, 5, as he displays his multiple-scale train layout during the Winter Wishes on the Railway event at Cook Park Library in Libertyville Saturday. Nonperishable food items were collected as admission, and will be donated to the Lake County Food Pantry.

JOE LEWNARD | Staff Photographer

Kevin Martin, of Elgin, had already been out shoveling all his neighbors walks for more than three hours when this photo was taken in Elgin as a winter storm hits the area Sunday.

Brian Hill | Staff Photographer

Eight-year-old Jacob Moodhe, of Buffalo Grove, makes his move during the Sixth Annual Chess Tournament on Sunday at the Indian Trails Public Library in Wheeling. The tournament was organized by the Renaissance Knights Chess Foundation for players of all ages and skill levels.

Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer

Gallery posted: 1/5/2014 9:36 PM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features shoveling, sledding, snowboarding and skiing in the cold snow, and people playing in the cold water of Lake Michigan.
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