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Images: The Week in Pictures is better than holiday movies

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Denise Galanis, of Arlington Heights lays with her 11-month-old son Chris, who was born with a heart defect in January 2017. Chris received a red hat in February while in the hospital. Denise has joined the campaign this year and is knitting hats for other children.
  Denise Galanis, of Arlington Heights lays with her 11-month-old son Chris, who was born with a heart defect in January 2017. Chris received a red hat in February while in the hospital. Denise has joined the campaign this year and is knitting hats for other children.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Trevor Crumpley, 3, doesn't notice that Santa Claus is coming down Main St. at the Dickens in Dundee Christmas Parade that started in West Dundee and crossed the Fox River to East Dundee. Trevor was wearing a holiday ornament hat while sitting on the shoulders of his dad, Bob Crumpley of Algonquin.
  Trevor Crumpley, 3, doesn't notice that Santa Claus is coming down Main St. at the Dickens in Dundee Christmas Parade that started in West Dundee and crossed the Fox River to East Dundee. Trevor was wearing a holiday ornament hat while sitting on the shoulders of his dad, Bob Crumpley of Algonquin.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Sara Schubring, 24, of Elk Grove Village prepares herself backstage as she prepares to mount her horse Hugo for rehearsal for a new show at Medieval Times where she will reign for the next four years in Hoffman Estates.
  Sara Schubring, 24, of Elk Grove Village prepares herself backstage as she prepares to mount her horse Hugo for rehearsal for a new show at Medieval Times where she will reign for the next four years in Hoffman Estates.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Warren's Keisha Sievers, left, and Saja Abdel-Jaber practice prior to a basketball game for adaptive PE students at Mundelein High School Friday.
  Warren's Keisha Sievers, left, and Saja Abdel-Jaber practice prior to a basketball game for adaptive PE students at Mundelein High School Friday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
The crescent moon can be seen among the sparkling lights in the Morton Arboretum's annual holiday lights display, "Illuminations."
  The crescent moon can be seen among the sparkling lights in the Morton Arboretum's annual holiday lights display, "Illuminations."
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
I was landing the Daily Herald drone at Woodfield Mall on Black Friday after shooting pictures of the crowded parking lot. The repetition of the yellow lines and the morning light make for some nice shadows, and yes that's me in the frame.The perspective from the drone gives us some really neat images that we normally would not be able to get. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
  I was landing the Daily Herald drone at Woodfield Mall on Black Friday after shooting pictures of the crowded parking lot. The repetition of the yellow lines and the morning light make for some nice shadows, and yes that's me in the frame.The perspective from the drone gives us some really neat images that we normally would not be able to get. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Morton Arboretum's holiday lights display, "Illuminations," features a new tech component this year, wearable snowflake pendants that glow in sync with the light shows in the trees.
  Morton Arboretum's holiday lights display, "Illuminations," features a new tech component this year, wearable snowflake pendants that glow in sync with the light shows in the trees.
Mark Black | Staff Photographer
People watch a live nativity scene being portrayed as a reflected beam of sunlight falls on the star of Bethlehem in Advocate Park on Chicago St. at Elgin's Winter Wonderland event in downtown Elgin Saturday.
  People watch a live nativity scene being portrayed as a reflected beam of sunlight falls on the star of Bethlehem in Advocate Park on Chicago St. at Elgin's Winter Wonderland event in downtown Elgin Saturday.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
The Greenbrier Gators chorus, consisting of fourth and fifth graders, sings during a concert for seniors at Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights Friday.
  The Greenbrier Gators chorus, consisting of fourth and fifth graders, sings during a concert for seniors at Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights Friday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
A sea of Santa's head down Campbell Street during the 10th annual Rotary Santa run in downtown Arlington Heights Saturday.
  A sea of Santa's head down Campbell Street during the 10th annual Rotary Santa run in downtown Arlington Heights Saturday.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Quinton Cook, of Chicago, right, puts some body English on his putt, which falls inches short, during the Santa Claus Scramble at Cantigny Golf. At left is Tyler Lindroth, of Barrington and Brad Cook, of Ohio. The event was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, Illinois.
  Quinton Cook, of Chicago, right, puts some body English on his putt, which falls inches short, during the Santa Claus Scramble at Cantigny Golf. At left is Tyler Lindroth, of Barrington and Brad Cook, of Ohio. The event was a fundraiser for the March of Dimes, Illinois.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
Gordon Reichard, of Inverness prepares to place a steam locomotive on the tracks of a train display outside the Epicure Bistro during the Home for the Holidays event at the Foundry shopping center in Barrington Saturday.
  Gordon Reichard, of Inverness prepares to place a steam locomotive on the tracks of a train display outside the Epicure Bistro during the Home for the Holidays event at the Foundry shopping center in Barrington Saturday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
From left, Jilian, 3, Daniella, 11, and Angela Porter, of Wauconda pose for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Wauconda held their annual holiday walk on Main Street Saturday afternoon.
  From left, Jilian, 3, Daniella, 11, and Angela Porter, of Wauconda pose for a picture with Santa and Mrs. Claus as Wauconda held their annual holiday walk on Main Street Saturday afternoon.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Runners take off from the starting line during the 10th annual Rotary Santa run in downtown Arlington Heights Saturday.
  Runners take off from the starting line during the 10th annual Rotary Santa run in downtown Arlington Heights Saturday.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Kids play Twister in the middle of Main Street as Wauconda held their annual holiday walk.
  Kids play Twister in the middle of Main Street as Wauconda held their annual holiday walk.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Children play together with an ice sculpture at the Lights of Lisle Festival at Station Park in Lisle.
  Children play together with an ice sculpture at the Lights of Lisle Festival at Station Park in Lisle.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Johnny Peers balances on a tube while Judy, one of his performing dogs, balances on his head during his "Muttville Comix" show at the Batavia Public Library.
  Johnny Peers balances on a tube while Judy, one of his performing dogs, balances on his head during his "Muttville Comix" show at the Batavia Public Library.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Museum educator Dan Hess drives a horse-drawn wagon as he gives rides during Christmas in the Valley at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The Schaumburg Park District holiday event featured decorated cookies, holiday crafts, wagon rides and visits with Father Christmas.
  Museum educator Dan Hess drives a horse-drawn wagon as he gives rides during Christmas in the Valley at Spring Valley Nature Center in Schaumburg. The Schaumburg Park District holiday event featured decorated cookies, holiday crafts, wagon rides and visits with Father Christmas.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
I like this moment as two-year-old Anne Sabbin, of Libertyville mimics the dancing moves of 16-year-old Katie Waldvogel of Green Oaks, who is the Sugar Plum Fairy in Dance Center North's production of the Nutcracker during a program at the Civic Center in Libertyville. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
  I like this moment as two-year-old Anne Sabbin, of Libertyville mimics the dancing moves of 16-year-old Katie Waldvogel of Green Oaks, who is the Sugar Plum Fairy in Dance Center North's production of the Nutcracker during a program at the Civic Center in Libertyville. This photo was published in the Perspective column in the print edition of the Daily Herald.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Stephen Harrison and his dog Cassie stepped away from everyday life to get out and enjoy the 60 degrees of partly sunny skies at the Margaret Riemer Reservoir in Palatine. He described the weather in his English accent as "Lovely."
  Stephen Harrison and his dog Cassie stepped away from everyday life to get out and enjoy the 60 degrees of partly sunny skies at the Margaret Riemer Reservoir in Palatine. He described the weather in his English accent as "Lovely."
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Social studies students say the Pledge of Allegiance during the Bicentennial flag raising celebration at Highland Middle School in Libertyville on Monday. The village joined other communities holding ceremonies around the state to honor Illinois' 200th birthday.
  Social studies students say the Pledge of Allegiance during the Bicentennial flag raising celebration at Highland Middle School in Libertyville on Monday. The village joined other communities holding ceremonies around the state to honor Illinois' 200th birthday.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Libertyville High School National Honor Society members Riley Hott, left, and Thomas Smithey serve dinner as District 128 hosted its annual senior holiday dinner and concert at Libertyville High School Tuesday.
  Libertyville High School National Honor Society members Riley Hott, left, and Thomas Smithey serve dinner as District 128 hosted its annual senior holiday dinner and concert at Libertyville High School Tuesday.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Eighth graders Isaiah Davila, left, and Tommy O'Neill work on Scratch block coding during the Hour of Code initiative Tuesday at St. Anne Parish School in Barrington. The mission is to introduce students to computer science and coding.
  Eighth graders Isaiah Davila, left, and Tommy O'Neill work on Scratch block coding during the Hour of Code initiative Tuesday at St. Anne Parish School in Barrington. The mission is to introduce students to computer science and coding.
Gilbert R. Boucher II | Staff Photographer
Andres Nunez, of Lesters Material Service works on the bricks in front of the Ansel B. Cook home in downtown Libertyville Wednesday.
  Andres Nunez, of Lesters Material Service works on the bricks in front of the Ansel B. Cook home in downtown Libertyville Wednesday.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Dr. Peter Geittmann is hugged by RN Jill Kottmeier after he and his wife Margaret donated a $100,000 check to the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation to help uninsured mothers and their babies, during a gathering at NCH in Arlington Heights Wednesday. The gathering also served as an opportunity for labor and delivery staff to say farewell as the Geittmann's are moving to Florida.
  Dr. Peter Geittmann is hugged by RN Jill Kottmeier after he and his wife Margaret donated a $100,000 check to the Northwest Community Hospital Foundation to help uninsured mothers and their babies, during a gathering at NCH in Arlington Heights Wednesday. The gathering also served as an opportunity for labor and delivery staff to say farewell as the Geittmann's are moving to Florida.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Kids get excited as Santa arrives during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kracklauer Park.
  Kids get excited as Santa arrives during the annual Holiday Tree Lighting Ceremony at Kracklauer Park.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Eighth-grade basketball team members, Ezra Badibanga, left, and Erikas Gurskas, from Crone Middle School, read to 5th-grade students at Graham Elementary School in Naperville on Monday. The Team Read is designed to inspire younger students and promote literacy.
  Eighth-grade basketball team members, Ezra Badibanga, left, and Erikas Gurskas, from Crone Middle School, read to 5th-grade students at Graham Elementary School in Naperville on Monday. The Team Read is designed to inspire younger students and promote literacy.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Naperville North High School students taking classes in foreign languages sing holiday carols in Latin, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian and French to residents at Community Nursing and Rehab in Naperville. French teacher Lisa Shamrock, center, leads a group of 30 students.
  Naperville North High School students taking classes in foreign languages sing holiday carols in Latin, German, Chinese, Spanish, Italian and French to residents at Community Nursing and Rehab in Naperville. French teacher Lisa Shamrock, center, leads a group of 30 students.
Daniel White | Staff Photographer
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