The weather was mixed of rain, snow, wind and sun as spring comes in The Week in Pictures photo gallery for April 17-23, 2021.

 
 
Posted4/25/2021 3:00 PM

People were eager to get outside for Earth Day this week after a year hiding from the pandemic and our photographers present The Week in Pictures photo gallery for April 17-23, 2021.

Volunteers plant native plants like St. John's Wort for Earth Day at Pederson Preserve in Barrington Thursday.
  Volunteers plant native plants like St. John's Wort for Earth Day at Pederson Preserve in Barrington Thursday.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Families enjoy some spring break fun at the St. Charles Bowl. The bowling alley has survived the pandemic and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
  Families enjoy some spring break fun at the St. Charles Bowl. The bowling alley has survived the pandemic and is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Susana Mejia, of Bensenville get her COVID-19 shot administered by Janeth Lopez of the HR Support group of Harwood Heights in the parking lot at the Gary Methodist Church in Wheaton. "I am excited" was her response as she was the second person at the site to get her shot as part of the Immigrant Solidarity DuPage one stop shop for Latinos.
  Susana Mejia, of Bensenville get her COVID-19 shot administered by Janeth Lopez of the HR Support group of Harwood Heights in the parking lot at the Gary Methodist Church in Wheaton. "I am excited" was her response as she was the second person at the site to get her shot as part of the Immigrant Solidarity DuPage one stop shop for Latinos.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Pete Becker, of Elgin picks up trash during the Friends of the Fox River spring cleanup Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Elgin.
  Pete Becker, of Elgin picks up trash during the Friends of the Fox River spring cleanup Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Elgin.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Growing a Better World Tree Giveaway at the at Elmhurst Public Library Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Elmhurst. Trees for the Earth Day event were provided in partnership with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
  Growing a Better World Tree Giveaway at the at Elmhurst Public Library Saturday, April 17, 2021 in Elmhurst. Trees for the Earth Day event were provided in partnership with the Chicago Region Trees Initiative.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
St. Charles North's Paranshu Shah shoots, and though the shot was stopped, his team got the rebound and subsequently scored during Saturday's game at Palatine.
  St. Charles North's Paranshu Shah shoots, and though the shot was stopped, his team got the rebound and subsequently scored during Saturday's game at Palatine.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Volunteer Louis Chatroop takes his chain saw to some downed trees as he and others from the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission clean up the Prospect Heights Slough Sunday, April 18, 2021.
  Volunteer Louis Chatroop takes his chain saw to some downed trees as he and others from the Prospect Heights Natural Resources Commission clean up the Prospect Heights Slough Sunday, April 18, 2021.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
St. Edward head coach Mike Rolando jumps with his son and quarterback Ezekiel Rolando after a long touchdown pass against Westmont in a Monday night football game in Elgin on Monday, April 19, 2021.
  St. Edward head coach Mike Rolando jumps with his son and quarterback Ezekiel Rolando after a long touchdown pass against Westmont in a Monday night football game in Elgin on Monday, April 19, 2021.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Principal Jeff Sefcik leads the Enchanted Backpack vans as they arrive to make a delivery to Stanton School Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Fox Lake. The school received an amazing gift of supplies, 1,500 books, recess equipment, art supplies, winter clothing, shoes, personal care items, games, incentive items and more.
  Principal Jeff Sefcik leads the Enchanted Backpack vans as they arrive to make a delivery to Stanton School Tuesday, April 20, 2021 in Fox Lake. The school received an amazing gift of supplies, 1,500 books, recess equipment, art supplies, winter clothing, shoes, personal care items, games, incentive items and more.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Prospect's Jenna Acosta gets the ball past Fremd's Allie Belmonte and Elaina Rizzo, right, in girls volleyball set in Mount Prospect on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
  Prospect's Jenna Acosta gets the ball past Fremd's Allie Belmonte and Elaina Rizzo, right, in girls volleyball set in Mount Prospect on Tuesday, April 20, 2021.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A referee holds the ball during a timeout at Thursday's girl's water polo game between Evanston and Glenbrook North in Northbrook.
  A referee holds the ball during a timeout at Thursday's girl's water polo game between Evanston and Glenbrook North in Northbrook.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Fenton's Frank Krygier (11) and Bartlett's Johnny Walker (32) battle for a long pass during football at Serpico Field Saturday April 17, 2021 in Melrose Park.
  Fenton's Frank Krygier (11) and Bartlett's Johnny Walker (32) battle for a long pass during football at Serpico Field Saturday April 17, 2021 in Melrose Park.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
A bicyclist rides past some of the new daffodils planted by The River Corridor Foundation last fall at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles.
  A bicyclist rides past some of the new daffodils planted by The River Corridor Foundation last fall at Mount St. Mary Park in St. Charles.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Arlington Heights outgoing Trustee Greg Padovani meets with colleagues at a reception Monday at the village hall.
  Arlington Heights outgoing Trustee Greg Padovani meets with colleagues at a reception Monday at the village hall.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
A visual reminder for guests to stay six feet apart continually wanders through the Hall of Arms as Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament crew and cast prepare Wednesday for Thursday's opening.
  A visual reminder for guests to stay six feet apart continually wanders through the Hall of Arms as Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament crew and cast prepare Wednesday for Thursday's opening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Regina Brent, president and founder of Unity Partnership, wears her "we stand together" earrings Monday at a news conference in Naperville. Leaders from the local Latino community, clergy and concerned citizens held the event to call for demonstrations to remain peaceful following the death of the Adam Toledo in Chicago.
  Regina Brent, president and founder of Unity Partnership, wears her "we stand together" earrings Monday at a news conference in Naperville. Leaders from the local Latino community, clergy and concerned citizens held the event to call for demonstrations to remain peaceful following the death of the Adam Toledo in Chicago.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Rachel Orr, who plays the Queen, straightens her costume as Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament crew and cast prepare Wednesday for Thursday's opening.
  Rachel Orr, who plays the Queen, straightens her costume as Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament crew and cast prepare Wednesday for Thursday's opening.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Benet Academy's Rachel Muisenga taps the ball over the net against Marist in the East Suburban Catholic Conference girls volleyball tournament championship match Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
  Benet Academy's Rachel Muisenga taps the ball over the net against Marist in the East Suburban Catholic Conference girls volleyball tournament championship match Wednesday, April 21, 2021.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Brittany Nelson, of Warrenville pics up trash with her 2-year-old son, Abel, during an Earth Day Celebration Friday at Summerlakes Park. Participants help picked up garbage, learned about the importance of recycling and planted herbs and vegetables to take home.
  Brittany Nelson, of Warrenville pics up trash with her 2-year-old son, Abel, during an Earth Day Celebration Friday at Summerlakes Park. Participants help picked up garbage, learned about the importance of recycling and planted herbs and vegetables to take home.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Hersey's Ellie Muglia celebrates a point against Barrington in the Mid Suburban League conference girls volleyball championship in Arlington Heights Thursday night, April 22, 2021.
  Hersey's Ellie Muglia celebrates a point against Barrington in the Mid Suburban League conference girls volleyball championship in Arlington Heights Thursday night, April 22, 2021.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
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