Images: 2021 Daily Herald Photos of the Year

 
 
Posted12/29/2021 3:00 AM

See the best images of 2021 from the staff photojournalists of the Daily Herald

Surrounded by more than 90 doctors, nurses and support staff, Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights discharges its 2000th COVID-19 patient Charles "Chuck" Rizzo of Mount Prospect Tuesday January 19, 2021 in Arlington Heights.
Surrounded by more than 90 doctors, nurses and support staff, Northwest Community Hospital in Arlington Heights discharges its 2000th COVID-19 patient Charles "Chuck" Rizzo of Mount Prospect Tuesday January 19, 2021 in Arlington Heights.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
The hounds and first line of riders of the Wayne-DuPage Hunt jump a short fence while following the scent of fox urine laid out for the hounds to track Sunday.
The hounds and first line of riders of the Wayne-DuPage Hunt jump a short fence while following the scent of fox urine laid out for the hounds to track Sunday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Funeral services for the mother and her four daughters who died in a house fire in Des Plaines on January 27th. The funeral was at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines on Wednesday.
Funeral services for the mother and her four daughters who died in a house fire in Des Plaines on January 27th. The funeral was at All Saints Cemetery in Des Plaines on Wednesday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Josiah Medina helps board chair Corinne Pierog in reading a proclamation about his grandpa, Lewis Medina of Aurora. Medina received the Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year award at Tuesday's Kane County Board meeting.
Josiah Medina helps board chair Corinne Pierog in reading a proclamation about his grandpa, Lewis Medina of Aurora. Medina received the Roscoe Ebey Citizen of the Year award at Tuesday's Kane County Board meeting.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Tornado damage in the Woodridge neighborhoods after severe storms and a tornado ripped through the suburbs including hardest hit Naperville and Woodridge.
Tornado damage in the Woodridge neighborhoods after severe storms and a tornado ripped through the suburbs including hardest hit Naperville and Woodridge.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
The ninth and final race heads toward the finish line Saturday September 25, 2021 in Arlington Heights at Arlington International Racecourse. Sister Ruler ridden by Constantino Roman takes first place.
The ninth and final race heads toward the finish line Saturday September 25, 2021 in Arlington Heights at Arlington International Racecourse. Sister Ruler ridden by Constantino Roman takes first place.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Karen Michalski, a resident at The Vines Senior Homes, waves to trick or treaters outside the Elgin center Sunday.
Karen Michalski, a resident at The Vines Senior Homes, waves to trick or treaters outside the Elgin center Sunday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Libertyville High School's mascot, the Wildcats, keeps a watchful eye over Thursday's graduation ceremony in the school's main gym. Senior Aiden Nolan, right, has fun with fellow classmates as seniors gather before the start of the ceremony.
Libertyville High School's mascot, the Wildcats, keeps a watchful eye over Thursday's graduation ceremony in the school's main gym. Senior Aiden Nolan, right, has fun with fellow classmates as seniors gather before the start of the ceremony.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Maintenance worker Juan Ramirez sprays down the statue of John cleaning it before it will be painted and then set out for display under the cross of Jesus as they prepare for Easter services at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Des Plaines.
Maintenance worker Juan Ramirez sprays down the statue of John cleaning it before it will be painted and then set out for display under the cross of Jesus as they prepare for Easter services at the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine in Des Plaines.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Guests wander through the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage Friday August 27, 2021 in Glen Ellyn.
Guests wander through the Frida Kahlo exhibition at the McAninch Arts Center at College of DuPage Friday August 27, 2021 in Glen Ellyn.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Salma Hussein, 3, of Minneapolis who was visiting family from Chicago attends the INCA Chicago Eid Fest at the DuPage County Fairgrounds on Friday. The three-day event is a celebration of religion and fun according to Amer Mawlaoui, organizer, who said, "This is an event where all are welcome, bringing unity together."
Salma Hussein, 3, of Minneapolis who was visiting family from Chicago attends the INCA Chicago Eid Fest at the DuPage County Fairgrounds on Friday. The three-day event is a celebration of religion and fun according to Amer Mawlaoui, organizer, who said, "This is an event where all are welcome, bringing unity together."
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Oksana Zbytkovska of Wheeling who is from Ukraine waits to be sworn in as a Citizen of the United States at the Naturalization Ceremony held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Monday. "It means a lot to be part of this nation as a citizen." "It's real, I'm so happy"
Oksana Zbytkovska of Wheeling who is from Ukraine waits to be sworn in as a Citizen of the United States at the Naturalization Ceremony held at the Chicago Botanic Garden in Glencoe on Monday. "It means a lot to be part of this nation as a citizen." "It's real, I'm so happy"
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Cleanup continues as a man takes a picture of the destruction caused by the storms and tornado that hit the Naperville area and beyond.
Cleanup continues as a man takes a picture of the destruction caused by the storms and tornado that hit the Naperville area and beyond.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Edith Sanchez MCC Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 school year speaks before President Joe Biden, at McHenry County College Wednesday July 7, 2021 in Crystal Lake.
Edith Sanchez MCC Student Trustee for the 2021-2022 school year speaks before President Joe Biden, at McHenry County College Wednesday July 7, 2021 in Crystal Lake.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Skaters play a game of two-on-two hockey on the outdoor rink at Flick Park in Glenview recently.
Skaters play a game of two-on-two hockey on the outdoor rink at Flick Park in Glenview recently.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
25-year-old Jason Barbosa, a COVID-19 survivor from Carol Stream is reunited with his nurse Colleen Reiter, who saved his life at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Tuesday March 9, 2021 in Winfield.
25-year-old Jason Barbosa, a COVID-19 survivor from Carol Stream is reunited with his nurse Colleen Reiter, who saved his life at Northwestern Medicine Central DuPage Hospital in Winfield. Tuesday March 9, 2021 in Winfield.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Natalia Chacia, 11, of Mt. Prospect was very happy to get her guinea pig named Steve blessed by Rev. James Presta, pastor at St. Emily Church in Mt. Prospect as part of Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Monday.
Natalia Chacia, 11, of Mt. Prospect was very happy to get her guinea pig named Steve blessed by Rev. James Presta, pastor at St. Emily Church in Mt. Prospect as part of Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi on Monday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Records Clerk Manny Chacon pets Bartlett's new police facility dog Maverick as he passes him Friday July 16, 2021 in Bartlett.
Records Clerk Manny Chacon pets Bartlett's new police facility dog Maverick as he passes him Friday July 16, 2021 in Bartlett.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
People file through the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir to see the Annakut, or "mountain of food" used to celebrate the Hindu New Year on Route 59 in Bartlett on Friday, November 5, 2021.
People file through the BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir to see the Annakut, or "mountain of food" used to celebrate the Hindu New Year on Route 59 in Bartlett on Friday, November 5, 2021.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Guadalupe Sarabia of Aurora reacts as she gets her shot from VNA Nurse Practitioner Michelle Sexton prepares a shot as new mass vaccination site opened in the former Carson Pirie Scott store at Fox Valley Thursday April 1, 2021 in Aurora.
Guadalupe Sarabia of Aurora reacts as she gets her shot from VNA Nurse Practitioner Michelle Sexton prepares a shot as new mass vaccination site opened in the former Carson Pirie Scott store at Fox Valley Thursday April 1, 2021 in Aurora.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
A horse shows interest in the photographers camera as Arlington International Racecourse trainer Larry Rivelli does some work in the background Thursday April 22, 2021 in Arlington Heights.
A horse shows interest in the photographers camera as Arlington International Racecourse trainer Larry Rivelli does some work in the background Thursday April 22, 2021 in Arlington Heights.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Socially-distanced graduates await their turn to be called to the stage during the presentation of diplomas at the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony at Barrington High School Saturday.
Socially-distanced graduates await their turn to be called to the stage during the presentation of diplomas at the 10 a.m. graduation ceremony at Barrington High School Saturday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
A red glow reflects off the grandstand during the fireworks show at Arlington Park Saturday.
A red glow reflects off the grandstand during the fireworks show at Arlington Park Saturday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Referee Brian Bruce and announcer Ron Bernardi count down the final seconds as they wait for Hattie the cow to do her business in the Cow Pie Moo-lette during Shermerfest at Village Green Park in Northbrook Sunday. She didn't leave a cow pie on the grid, so as per the rules, the position of her back right hoof was used to determine the winner.
Referee Brian Bruce and announcer Ron Bernardi count down the final seconds as they wait for Hattie the cow to do her business in the Cow Pie Moo-lette during Shermerfest at Village Green Park in Northbrook Sunday. She didn't leave a cow pie on the grid, so as per the rules, the position of her back right hoof was used to determine the winner.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Rev. Jenny Hulen prays for a driver and uses a Q-Tip to place the ashes on the forehead of people using the drive-through at St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights on Ash Wednesday.
Rev. Jenny Hulen prays for a driver and uses a Q-Tip to place the ashes on the forehead of people using the drive-through at St. Simon's Episcopal Church in Arlington Heights on Ash Wednesday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Fans leave after the Mr. D. Stakes race at Arlington Park Saturday August 14, 2021 in Arlington Heights.
Fans leave after the Mr. D. Stakes race at Arlington Park Saturday August 14, 2021 in Arlington Heights.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Linda Kozma holds one of the yellow roses that were being presented to Gold Star Family members during the Arlington Heights 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at First Presbyterian Church Saturday.
Linda Kozma holds one of the yellow roses that were being presented to Gold Star Family members during the Arlington Heights 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at First Presbyterian Church Saturday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Cathleen Wallin of Glen Ellyn looks up in wonder at the new sculpture called Hallow located throughout the grounds at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The sculpture is made of wood, steel and concrete by the South African artist Daniel Popper.
Cathleen Wallin of Glen Ellyn looks up in wonder at the new sculpture called Hallow located throughout the grounds at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. The sculpture is made of wood, steel and concrete by the South African artist Daniel Popper.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Part of the Illumination holiday display can be seen from across the lake at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
Part of the Illumination holiday display can be seen from across the lake at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Rosalina Rosales, 2, of Des Plaines leans in to plant a kiss on a bull frog and turn him into a handsome prince, but Jim Galeno of JG's Reptile Road Show pulls him away just in time during the Des Plaines Fall Fest at Lake Park Saturday.
Rosalina Rosales, 2, of Des Plaines leans in to plant a kiss on a bull frog and turn him into a handsome prince, but Jim Galeno of JG's Reptile Road Show pulls him away just in time during the Des Plaines Fall Fest at Lake Park Saturday.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
A man takes a final photo of the racetrack Saturday September 25, 2021 in Arlington Heights at Arlington International Racecourse.
A man takes a final photo of the racetrack Saturday September 25, 2021 in Arlington Heights at Arlington International Racecourse.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Bear Schultz of LaGrange takes a look inside Experimental Aircraft Association's WW II B-25 Mitchell bomber Friday at the Aurora Municipal Airport. The aircraft was used by every branch of the United States military.
Bear Schultz of LaGrange takes a look inside Experimental Aircraft Association's WW II B-25 Mitchell bomber Friday at the Aurora Municipal Airport. The aircraft was used by every branch of the United States military.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Greg Kamieciak walks through what is now an open-air living room Tuesday after a tornado ripped the roof of his Burlington home Monday. HIs wife Laurie was home and secure in the basement at the time the tornado hit.
Greg Kamieciak walks through what is now an open-air living room Tuesday after a tornado ripped the roof of his Burlington home Monday. HIs wife Laurie was home and secure in the basement at the time the tornado hit.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Katie Stack was just 19-years-old when she became a widow when her husband Lance Cpl. James Bray Stack was killed in action by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan in 2010. Now with the unrest in Afghanistan heating up to the boiling point it has stirred up a lot of difficult memories to relive again. She shows off her favorite picture of the two of them together on the porch of her Arlington Heights home.
Katie Stack was just 19-years-old when she became a widow when her husband Lance Cpl. James Bray Stack was killed in action by a sniper's bullet in Afghanistan in 2010. Now with the unrest in Afghanistan heating up to the boiling point it has stirred up a lot of difficult memories to relive again. She shows off her favorite picture of the two of them together on the porch of her Arlington Heights home.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
The Elburn Days Parade rolls through town with the Kane County Mounted Rangers as thousands of people watch kicking off this three-day event on Friday.
The Elburn Days Parade rolls through town with the Kane County Mounted Rangers as thousands of people watch kicking off this three-day event on Friday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Erna Truemper, a resident of Highland Oaks Nursing Home in Elgin, turns 106 on Thursday.
Erna Truemper, a resident of Highland Oaks Nursing Home in Elgin, turns 106 on Thursday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Several children from a park district day camp watch as Ned Bruns pulls monarch butterflies from a temporary cage to release them in a pollinator garden near village hall. He asked the children to name each one as he placed them on thier arms on Tuesday, July 27. He is a monarch enthusiast who collects monarch eggs from milkweed plants in the wild, nurses them into caterpillars at his Elk Grove Village home, watches them spin a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies before he releases them back into the wild. His mission is to help the dwindling monarch population.
Several children from a park district day camp watch as Ned Bruns pulls monarch butterflies from a temporary cage to release them in a pollinator garden near village hall. He asked the children to name each one as he placed them on thier arms on Tuesday, July 27. He is a monarch enthusiast who collects monarch eggs from milkweed plants in the wild, nurses them into caterpillars at his Elk Grove Village home, watches them spin a chrysalis and emerge as butterflies before he releases them back into the wild. His mission is to help the dwindling monarch population.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Quinn O'Connell, 6, of Glenview holds a sign during a protest against the possible closure of Fire Station 13 in Glenview.
Quinn O'Connell, 6, of Glenview holds a sign during a protest against the possible closure of Fire Station 13 in Glenview.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Leonard Brzostowski, 99, shows off a picture of him during World War II as he sits in his Libertyville home. Brzostowski also received the Legion of Honour medal which is France's highest distinction.
Leonard Brzostowski, 99, shows off a picture of him during World War II as he sits in his Libertyville home. Brzostowski also received the Legion of Honour medal which is France's highest distinction.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Palatine High School students attend their 138th commencement held at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.
Palatine High School students attend their 138th commencement held at the NOW Arena in Hoffman Estates on Sunday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Illinois Math and Science Academy senior Simone Angelov, 18 of Bartlett, smiles under her mask as she tries on a prom dress Friday at Bri'Zan Couture in Naperville. Sales associates Alex Salcik, left, and Kennedy Crowley assist in the fitting.
Illinois Math and Science Academy senior Simone Angelov, 18 of Bartlett, smiles under her mask as she tries on a prom dress Friday at Bri'Zan Couture in Naperville. Sales associates Alex Salcik, left, and Kennedy Crowley assist in the fitting.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Tina "Titania" McPherson of Jefferson Iowa entertains a host of children at the World of Faeries Festival Saturday August 7, 2021 in South Elgin at Vasa Park.
Tina "Titania" McPherson of Jefferson Iowa entertains a host of children at the World of Faeries Festival Saturday August 7, 2021 in South Elgin at Vasa Park.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Evan Roberts, 8, of Roselle not worried about his rosy cheeks engages the sled hill in Rolling Meadows over and over again with his mom and family watching him having a ball on this day away from school because of the Martin Luther King holiday.
Evan Roberts, 8, of Roselle not worried about his rosy cheeks engages the sled hill in Rolling Meadows over and over again with his mom and family watching him having a ball on this day away from school because of the Martin Luther King holiday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Snow and frost covers a willow tree in Elgin Monday.
Snow and frost covers a willow tree in Elgin Monday.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
The smoky sun sets over the Hill & Dale farm in Barrington Hills as smoke from the forest fires in the west continue to flow into our area resulting in to colorful sunsets in the suburbs.
The smoky sun sets over the Hill & Dale farm in Barrington Hills as smoke from the forest fires in the west continue to flow into our area resulting in to colorful sunsets in the suburbs.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
A single pointed snowflake stands on one of it's six legs Thursday.
A single pointed snowflake stands on one of it's six legs Thursday.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
St. Edward Central Catholic High School seniors file in for Thursday's graduation ceremony at St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Charles.
St. Edward Central Catholic High School seniors file in for Thursday's graduation ceremony at St. Patrick Catholic Church in St. Charles.
Rick West | Staff Photographer
Streamwood High School girls track runners walk the track after doing sprints at the school's Millennium Field. Athletes and fans are greeted with a "Home of the Sabres" fence banner upon entering the field.
Streamwood High School girls track runners walk the track after doing sprints at the school's Millennium Field. Athletes and fans are greeted with a "Home of the Sabres" fence banner upon entering the field.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Princeton Circle resident Katie Long Piper, left, tells her sister, Pat Peraziana, right of Naperville, about how her immediate neighbors were injured and their home leveled from a tornado that struck the Naperville subdivision overnight. Crews are on the scene Monday, June 21, 2021 to clean up trees, board up windows and put tarps on roofs.
Princeton Circle resident Katie Long Piper, left, tells her sister, Pat Peraziana, right of Naperville, about how her immediate neighbors were injured and their home leveled from a tornado that struck the Naperville subdivision overnight. Crews are on the scene Monday, June 21, 2021 to clean up trees, board up windows and put tarps on roofs.
Paul Valade | Staff Photographer
Alex Mays of Woodridge stands out in front of her house yelling to her neighbors, "Are you ok" as she looks at the tornado damage in her neighborhood after severe storms and a tornado ripped through the suburbs including hardest hit Naperville and Woodridge.
Alex Mays of Woodridge stands out in front of her house yelling to her neighbors, "Are you ok" as she looks at the tornado damage in her neighborhood after severe storms and a tornado ripped through the suburbs including hardest hit Naperville and Woodridge.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Lauri Kindness, of Lodge Grass Montana, from left, shares a laugh with Michela Alire, and Gracious Jacket, both of Towaoc Colorado during the National Gathering of Native American Veterans at Cantigny Park Saturday July 17, 2021 in Wheaton. All three woman served in the Army or are currently serving.
Lauri Kindness, of Lodge Grass Montana, from left, shares a laugh with Michela Alire, and Gracious Jacket, both of Towaoc Colorado during the National Gathering of Native American Veterans at Cantigny Park Saturday July 17, 2021 in Wheaton. All three woman served in the Army or are currently serving.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
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