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George LeClaire/ Leaning out a second floor window, Mohammad Mohyuddin uses a stick to knock icicles off of his home's roof in Rolling Meadows on Wednesday.

Bev Horne/ We usually end up taking a lot of snow photos in the winter. I don't really like snow that much, but it can make beautiful photos. To do something different, I moved in with a macro lens. It is said that no two snowflakes are alike, but who knows. The snowflakes are pretty when you can get cose enough. This photo was published in the weekly Perspective column in the print edtion.

George LeClaire/ A few weeks before Christmas I was privileged to be assigned to photograph an all day extravaganza called Operation North Pole, for children who suffer from terminal or life-threatening illnesses. I photographed volunteers including Ali Lidbury of Barrington, center left, dancing with four-year old Justice Stephens of Lombard under colorful strobe lighting at the Donald E. Stephens Rosemont Convention and Banquet Center on Saturday, December 7. Seeing the joy on the children's faces as they leaped and spun around as they danced reminded me that volunteering time is often equal to or better than donating items or money. This photo was published in the weekly Perspective column in the print edtion.

Mark Welsh/ Karen Morgan, of Arlington Heights, braves the cold with fogged glasses and scarf at the Arlington Heights train station.

Mark Black/ Roberto Tiro works on getting his car started by trying to jump it with a work truck, at the Aspen Ridge Apartments in West Chicago. Tiro was having difficulty getting the car started even using some starter fluid and jumper cables.

John Starks/ Elgin mail carrier Michael Paulus climbs a three-foot pile of frozen snow on his delivery route on Chicago Street Monday during the sub-zero temperatures. He said the route usually keeps him walking until 6:30 pm. "It will take longer today because I have to stop to warm up," he said. "This is about the worst I've felt. I've got several layers on." He has been delivering the mail for 15 years.

Mark Black/ Viral Brahmbhatt, of St. Charles, clears the snow and ice off his car at the West Chicago train station after finding out via email that he could work from home today due to the record breaking extreme cold weather that has hit Chicago suburbs. That was a good thing for Brahmbhatt since his train was canceled due to the extreme cold.

Jeff Knox/ Mark Streich, of St. Charles, waited inside a cold waiting area for the next Metra train to Chicago from Geneva. His train was delayed by at least an hour. He was heading to Chicago for an internship interview.

John Starks/ John Hedlund, of Elgin, adjusts the chute of his snowblower while he clears the parking lot of the Art Space Lofts on Fulton Street in downtown Elgin Tuesday. Temperatures were warmer than Monday's -42 windchill, but he said he didn't notice.

Mark Black/ A car is pulled out of the ditch along east bound Roosevelt Road just west of County Farm Road Tuesday morning in Wheaton. The stretch of road between Windfield and County Farm Roads was very slick with black ice.

Gilbert R. Boucher II/ Brothers Jimmy and Angelo Prier, right, try to jump start their car in Grayslake during the brutal cold on Tuesday.

Brian Hill/ Maybe it's the mud, maybe the lighting, maybe it was because I know how tough of a game this was, but every time that I look at the image, I can picture St. Edward's William Bothwell wearing a vintage leather helmet, circa 1930. I had even contemplated making this a black and white image but the browns and green add something. I made this picture during the IHSA Class 4A playoff game between St. Edward's and Harvard. This photo was published in the weekly Perspective column in the print edtion.

Christopher Hankins/ A motorist along eastbound Route 64 in St Charles clearly didn't make it to their location Tuesday after ending up in the ditch east of Smith Road.

Mark Black/ A pedestrian walks past the large icicles hanging from the roof of the Wayne and Helen Fox Community Center in West Chicago.

Gilbert R. Boucher II/ Gurnee resident Nicholas Gustafson, 59, stands on his roof to shovel off the snow Wednesday using a homemade shovel. Gustafson was concerned with all of the snow that had built up after two snowstorms and was afraid it would damage his house along Hunt Club Road.

Steve Lundy/ 2-year-old Autumn Noll, of Libertyville, uses a cupcake tin to make snow sculptures during a program called Heathly-Happy Kids in Nature at Greenbelt Forest Preserve in North Chicago Thursday.

Laura Stoecker/ First grader Destiny Sanasing, 7, has a fit of the giggles while Chris McBrien and one of his puppets perform his "Team Bully Free" program at Washington Elementary in Elgin on Thursday. Known as "The Magic Storyteller", McBrien brought his age-appropriate anti-bullying program to kindergarteners through sixth graders.

Laura Stoecker/ Veterinarian Debra Rykoff snuggles with a rescue from Fur Keeps Animal Rescue that will be spayed later in the morning at her new low-cost vet clinic called Fox River Animal Wellness Center in Elgin. Rykoff is also the owner of For Life Animal Wellness Center in Hoffman Estates and founder of Fur Keeps Animal Rescue in Barrington Hills. This four-month-old kitten was rescued from a barn at just a few weeks old. She and her two litter mates were in poor health. Fur Keeps nursed them back to health and all three will be up for adoption soon.

Steve Lundy/ Third graders Mario Babbo, left, Narayan Manthena, and Max Poretto, right, pose for a picture as kids explored a giant 26x35 foot map of Asia at Half Day School in Lincolnshire Friday. The map is from National Geographic's Giant Traveling Maps program and will remain at the school until January 17.

Bev Horne/ Annie Prosser, 15, chats with officers Edwin Doepel, left, and W. Joshua Sullivan after the local Fox Valley Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution recognized seven Aurora police officers who saved her life from drowning last year when a car she was in went into a retention pond.

Laura Stoecker/ Sasha Mix, 8, of Batavia, reads to Bozeman, 5, owned by Gail Banning, of Aurora, at Batavia Public Library's "Paws for Tales" reading program on Saturday. First through fourth-graders were invited to practice their reading skills by reading aloud to trained therapy dogs from the Naperville Area Humane Society. This is the fourth time the group has been to the library, with more sessions coming soon. This is Sasha's first time reading to a dog and Bozeman has been in the program for two years.

JOE LEWNARD/ Jessica Lang, of Mount Prospect, tries to make her putt from a seated position after slipping on the icy green during the "Chili Open" at the Golf Center in Des Plaines Saturday.

Gallery posted: 1/12/2014 7:49 PM

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This edition of The Week in Pictures features cold people trying to start cold cars, cold cars left in ditches, and cold icicles hanging in the cold.
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