This is my sister, reading in the winter sun's light streaming through the window. Anna Catherine McGraw of Wheaton
This photo was taken on a beautiful early fall day at Lake Katherine in DuPage County. Maggie Newlin of Naperville
Saw her at Cosley Zoo in Wheaton when we went to see the Festival of Lights. She had just gotten a drink of water! I like the picture because, what's not to like about it! Kathy Rambo of Wheaton
Members of the NYPD Tech Rescue Unit raise Old Glory on top of the Brooklyn Bridge last August. Donald Bolstad of Hawthorn Woods
Peanut, the pet cat, peeps through the branches after climbing in a Christmas tree in Gurnee in December 2016. Deb Tischendorf of Gurnee
The new Christmas puppy, Bailey, rests on a stack of Bounty paper towels as it's new owners shop. K. Lopez of Hawthorn Woods
The sun sets over the church in the square in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico in December. Lynne Solway of Buffalo Grove
John Wysocki of Mount ProspectThe Blackhawks player Nick Schmaltz tries to shoot past Kings' goalie Jonathan Quick during the game between the Chicago Blackhawks and the Los Angeles Kings at the United Center in Chicago on December 3.
Sonny, the family pet, takes a much needed break during the busy holiday season on a couch in a Schaumburg home last week. Tom Abraham of Schaumburg
MERRY CHRISTMAS! This photo was taken this December in our living room using the in-focus candle flame to contrast with the out-of-focus Christmas tree lights in the background. Mike Weimer of St. Charles
This photo was taken at Machu Picchu last summer. It captures both the precision of the stonework and the ethereal atmosphere of the Andes. A most amazing experience! Jane Freyer of Pingree Grove
Photo at Lake Louise in Banff Canada on a clear day with no clouds over the mountain range. John Weber of Huntley