December had a lot to see: The Week in Pictures

 
Posted1/1/2019 12:00 PM
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We look at Daily Herald staff photos from the month of December to end 2018

Highland Middle School seventh and eighth grade Highland Strings member Eleni Rappa, along with her fellow orchestra members, dressed for the season as the performa at Rockland School in Libertyville. The group played for all of the District 70 elementary schools
  Highland Middle School seventh and eighth grade Highland Strings member Eleni Rappa, along with her fellow orchestra members, dressed for the season as the performa at Rockland School in Libertyville. The group played for all of the District 70 elementary schools
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Congregation member Michelle Spencer, playing the part of Mary, holds her son Levi, playing the part of Jesus, as Angels rejoice in the birth during a Live Nativity at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Elgin.
  Congregation member Michelle Spencer, playing the part of Mary, holds her son Levi, playing the part of Jesus, as Angels rejoice in the birth during a Live Nativity at St. Paul's United Church of Christ in Elgin.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Santa and Mrs. Claus make their entrance as MainStreet Libertyville hosted its annual Dickens of a Holiday in Cook Park.
  Santa and Mrs. Claus make their entrance as MainStreet Libertyville hosted its annual Dickens of a Holiday in Cook Park.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
A family wanders through the barn and gift shop at Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee.
  A family wanders through the barn and gift shop at Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Three-year-old Abby Koppang, of Wheaton gets a closer look at a train that was passing by during the Lego Train Show at Cantigny in Wheaton. The holiday tradition is produced by the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. It is the group's largest annual show in terms of display space and attendance.
  Three-year-old Abby Koppang, of Wheaton gets a closer look at a train that was passing by during the Lego Train Show at Cantigny in Wheaton. The holiday tradition is produced by the Northern Illinois Lego Train Club. It is the group's largest annual show in terms of display space and attendance.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
James Posner, 4, of Libertyville and his sister Morgan, 6, talk with Santa as MainStreet Libertyville hosted its annual Dickens of a Holiday in Cook Park.
  James Posner, 4, of Libertyville and his sister Morgan, 6, talk with Santa as MainStreet Libertyville hosted its annual Dickens of a Holiday in Cook Park.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
William Kilberts, 4, greets Elgin Police Officer Jonathan Rustay with a handshake during a program when The Housing Authority of Elgin gave away 75 bikes at it's annual "Smile for Christmas" event at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin. William got a bike.
  William Kilberts, 4, greets Elgin Police Officer Jonathan Rustay with a handshake during a program when The Housing Authority of Elgin gave away 75 bikes at it's annual "Smile for Christmas" event at the Edward Schock Centre of Elgin. William got a bike.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Alexandra Hernandez, 12, of Carpentersville carries flowers for placement at the shrine during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.
  Alexandra Hernandez, 12, of Carpentersville carries flowers for placement at the shrine during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Michael Browning-Larson, 9, has the entire rink to himself at the Geneva Commons Ice Skating on the Green. The surface of the rink is made of synthetic plastic and open skating is available through January. Michael is from San Antonio, Texas and was visiting his father. It was only the second time he experienced snow.
  Michael Browning-Larson, 9, has the entire rink to himself at the Geneva Commons Ice Skating on the Green. The surface of the rink is made of synthetic plastic and open skating is available through January. Michael is from San Antonio, Texas and was visiting his father. It was only the second time he experienced snow.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Clara Marina, who lives in Mexico and is visiting her son, who lives in Chicago, prays at the base of the shrine during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.
  Clara Marina, who lives in Mexico and is visiting her son, who lives in Chicago, prays at the base of the shrine during the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Des Plaines.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Selah asks politely for a treat from owner Marilou Haworth at Car-Dun-Al Dog Obedience Training Club in Huntley.
  Selah asks politely for a treat from owner Marilou Haworth at Car-Dun-Al Dog Obedience Training Club in Huntley.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
People waiting to hear Lauren Underwood speak at Aurora City Hall were evacuated because of a bomb threat.
  People waiting to hear Lauren Underwood speak at Aurora City Hall were evacuated because of a bomb threat.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Kyle Wemstrom, a freshman in college in Ohio, waits for his brother, a freshman at Montini Catholic High School, to wrestle in a meet at the Lombard school. Kyle is home between semesters.
  Kyle Wemstrom, a freshman in college in Ohio, waits for his brother, a freshman at Montini Catholic High School, to wrestle in a meet at the Lombard school. Kyle is home between semesters.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Eduar Martinez, left, and Owen DiFranco, right, 8th-graders at Glen Crest Middle School, hold a Crow yoga pose. Students had a memorial fundraiser in tribute to cafeteria director Connie Meier, who died earlier this year. Martinez won the contest for the 8th-graders.
  Eduar Martinez, left, and Owen DiFranco, right, 8th-graders at Glen Crest Middle School, hold a Crow yoga pose. Students had a memorial fundraiser in tribute to cafeteria director Connie Meier, who died earlier this year. Martinez won the contest for the 8th-graders.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Brady Prather, 7, gets a close up visit with a camel at Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee. Brady was with his family from Lake in the Hills.
  Brady Prather, 7, gets a close up visit with a camel at Randall Oaks Zoo in West Dundee. Brady was with his family from Lake in the Hills.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Brody Ahern, 6, of McHenry watches a model of the Metra train he rode earlier in the day roll past during the Operation North Pole holiday event for seriously ill children and their families, held at the Rosemont Convention Center.
  Brody Ahern, 6, of McHenry watches a model of the Metra train he rode earlier in the day roll past during the Operation North Pole holiday event for seriously ill children and their families, held at the Rosemont Convention Center.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Santa gets a high-five from Kaden Oberg, 2, of Elburn, during Christmas on the Farm at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. People got to spend the evening enjoying some of the pleasures of Christmas past.
  Santa gets a high-five from Kaden Oberg, 2, of Elburn, during Christmas on the Farm at Peck Farm Park in Geneva. People got to spend the evening enjoying some of the pleasures of Christmas past.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
A girl has a view of all the people at the Christkindlmarket at Naper Settlement in Naperville.
  A girl has a view of all the people at the Christkindlmarket at Naper Settlement in Naperville.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Alice Beach, right, and Lucy Cervantes, center, cheer on Marilyn Bradley while she shakes a chocolate covered snack mix Monday as residents of The Holmstad in Batavia make cookies and treats. They planned to deliver the treats to the Batavia Police and Fire departments.
  Alice Beach, right, and Lucy Cervantes, center, cheer on Marilyn Bradley while she shakes a chocolate covered snack mix Monday as residents of The Holmstad in Batavia make cookies and treats. They planned to deliver the treats to the Batavia Police and Fire departments.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Twins Saige and Layne Duarte celebrate their fifth birthday by having their picture taken with their mother Amy, of St. Charles, at the Carol Stream Park District annual Teenie Weenie New Year's Eve Ball kids party at the Simkus Recreation Center. They come to the event every year.
  Twins Saige and Layne Duarte celebrate their fifth birthday by having their picture taken with their mother Amy, of St. Charles, at the Carol Stream Park District annual Teenie Weenie New Year's Eve Ball kids party at the Simkus Recreation Center. They come to the event every year.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Arlington Heights Chief of Police Gerald Mourning, left, oversees the posting of the colors during a dedication ceremony for the new $28 million station at 200 E. Sigwalt St.
  Arlington Heights Chief of Police Gerald Mourning, left, oversees the posting of the colors during a dedication ceremony for the new $28 million station at 200 E. Sigwalt St.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Santa makes a visit with Leslie Freeman and son Austin at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
  Santa makes a visit with Leslie Freeman and son Austin at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
With frosting on her cheek, Butterfield School first grade student Hanna Wheeler makes her gingerbread house at the Libertyville School.
  With frosting on her cheek, Butterfield School first grade student Hanna Wheeler makes her gingerbread house at the Libertyville School.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Fremont Elementary School teachers perform a surprise flash mob dance for the students and administration at the end of their holiday assembly in Mundelein.
  Fremont Elementary School teachers perform a surprise flash mob dance for the students and administration at the end of their holiday assembly in Mundelein.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
Dennis Buck, historic interpreter for the Kline Creek farm living history museum, explains what life and Christmas was like back in the 1800s to Mike and Lori Diehl along with Maisie, 2, and Wilder, 1, of Wheaton as they explored the farm barns. Buck explained that the beams in the barn can weigh as much as 2000 pounds.
  Dennis Buck, historic interpreter for the Kline Creek farm living history museum, explains what life and Christmas was like back in the 1800s to Mike and Lori Diehl along with Maisie, 2, and Wilder, 1, of Wheaton as they explored the farm barns. Buck explained that the beams in the barn can weigh as much as 2000 pounds.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Liam Zafer, 3, of Bartlett climbs up into the horse drawn carriage in Long Grove as Charlie Jackson, 10, of Palatine waits to climb aboard with Jenel Zafer at the annual Long Grove Vintage Holidays festival.
  Liam Zafer, 3, of Bartlett climbs up into the horse drawn carriage in Long Grove as Charlie Jackson, 10, of Palatine waits to climb aboard with Jenel Zafer at the annual Long Grove Vintage Holidays festival.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Mary Kate Dvorak, a Child Life specialist at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital Hoffman Estates, pushes the presents to be given to children staying on the pediatric floor at the hospital. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch teamed up with AMITA Health staff to make Christmas wishes come true with donations from Meijer.
  Mary Kate Dvorak, a Child Life specialist at AMITA Health Alexian Brothers Women & Children's Hospital Hoffman Estates, pushes the presents to be given to children staying on the pediatric floor at the hospital. Santa, Mrs. Claus and the Grinch teamed up with AMITA Health staff to make Christmas wishes come true with donations from Meijer.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Ivory Aiello, 11, of Rolling Meadows holds a flag welcoming nearly fifty recruits from Great Lakes Naval Station to Arlington Heights as they visited the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights to have a Christmas dinner.
  Ivory Aiello, 11, of Rolling Meadows holds a flag welcoming nearly fifty recruits from Great Lakes Naval Station to Arlington Heights as they visited the Christian Liberty Academy in Arlington Heights to have a Christmas dinner.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Mila Peric, 5, reaches for a balloon during the Carol Stream Park District annual Teenie Weenie New Year's Eve Ball kids party at the Simkus Recreation Center.
  Mila Peric, 5, reaches for a balloon during the Carol Stream Park District annual Teenie Weenie New Year's Eve Ball kids party at the Simkus Recreation Center.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Terri Reasoner of Geneva, right, leads a free laughter yoga group during a recent gathering at the Chesapeake Commons clubhouse in Geneva. With her are with Karen Koenig, left, and Lisa Payton, both of Glen Ellyn.
  Terri Reasoner of Geneva, right, leads a free laughter yoga group during a recent gathering at the Chesapeake Commons clubhouse in Geneva. With her are with Karen Koenig, left, and Lisa Payton, both of Glen Ellyn.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Becky Schultz, of Elburn celebrates with son Lucas, 2, at the 17th annual Fun Family New Years Eve party at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Monday.
  Becky Schultz, of Elburn celebrates with son Lucas, 2, at the 17th annual Fun Family New Years Eve party at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Monday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
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