Start the new year with new pictures: The Week in Pictures

 
 

Daily Herald photographers have new photos of suburban events to start your new year.

The 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge was met with over a hundred enthusiastic, brave souls like Eric Bonilla, of Waukegan and his girlfriend Lynsey Gallagher of Kenosha, Wisconsin who wanted to do good for the Waukegan Special Recreation Services. "Getting in the water is not so bad, it's getting out," said Gallagher of her first plunge. Then Bonilla planted a big kiss on her after they braved the waves.
  The 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge was met with over a hundred enthusiastic, brave souls like Eric Bonilla, of Waukegan and his girlfriend Lynsey Gallagher of Kenosha, Wisconsin who wanted to do good for the Waukegan Special Recreation Services. "Getting in the water is not so bad, it's getting out," said Gallagher of her first plunge. Then Bonilla planted a big kiss on her after they braved the waves.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Ameya Samgna, 2, of Naperville, is covered in graffiti during the 17th annual Fun Family New Year's Eve party at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Monday. The event had three countdowns this year, a bubble countdown, a confetti countdown and a quiet countdown.
  Ameya Samgna, 2, of Naperville, is covered in graffiti during the 17th annual Fun Family New Year's Eve party at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Monday. The event had three countdowns this year, a bubble countdown, a confetti countdown and a quiet countdown.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Katie Weeks, of Naperville and her daughter Savannah, 2, celebrate the bubble countdown at the 17th annual Fun Family New Year's Eve party at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Monday.
  Katie Weeks, of Naperville and her daughter Savannah, 2, celebrate the bubble countdown at the 17th annual Fun Family New Year's Eve party at the DuPage Children's Museum in Naperville on Monday.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Robert Zanze, of Libertyville comes out of the water at the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge to benefit the Waukegan Special Recreation Services.
  Robert Zanze, of Libertyville comes out of the water at the 20th Annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge to benefit the Waukegan Special Recreation Services.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Matt Muthowski, from Waukegan dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader at the 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge in Waukegan.
  Matt Muthowski, from Waukegan dressed as Star Wars character Darth Vader at the 20th annual Polar Bear Plunge challenge in Waukegan.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
A fox heads down Rockland Road in Libertyville Wednesday.
  A fox heads down Rockland Road in Libertyville Wednesday.
Steve Lundy | Staff Photographer
The Wheeling Fire Department drapes a large flag over the road between the village hall and St. Joseph The Worker Church, where a funeral for former village President Judy Abruscato was held Wednesday morning.
  The Wheeling Fire Department drapes a large flag over the road between the village hall and St. Joseph The Worker Church, where a funeral for former village President Judy Abruscato was held Wednesday morning.
John Starks | Staff Photographer
Claire Cunningham and her grandmother, Agnes Geyer of Lisle, have visited all 50 of the Century Walk public art sites in Naperville including this statue of Dick Tracy. They have included other family members on their adventure, including Claire's brother from out-of-state.
  Claire Cunningham and her grandmother, Agnes Geyer of Lisle, have visited all 50 of the Century Walk public art sites in Naperville including this statue of Dick Tracy. They have included other family members on their adventure, including Claire's brother from out-of-state.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Penny Restaino, 3, of Wheaton eyes some baked goods in the new cafe at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
  Penny Restaino, 3, of Wheaton eyes some baked goods in the new cafe at the Glen Ellyn Public Library.
Bev Horne | Staff Photographer
Siena Bonaguro, 6, of Lake Villa and her sister Neele, 4, use paint and straws to make pictures of fireworks as part of the Lake County Forest Preserve's Dunn Museum New Year's Celebration on Thursday.
  Siena Bonaguro, 6, of Lake Villa and her sister Neele, 4, use paint and straws to make pictures of fireworks as part of the Lake County Forest Preserve's Dunn Museum New Year's Celebration on Thursday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Debin Wadkins, 6, of Mundelein has some fun with slime and sparkles as part of the Lake County Forest Preserve's Dunn Museum New Year's Celebration on Thursday.
  Debin Wadkins, 6, of Mundelein has some fun with slime and sparkles as part of the Lake County Forest Preserve's Dunn Museum New Year's Celebration on Thursday.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
The Fox River Trolley Museum now has new technology and surveillance cameras to protect its 100-year-old train cars. Remote viewing of the cameras is possible. This view is of the barn where most of the damage took place.
  The Fox River Trolley Museum now has new technology and surveillance cameras to protect its 100-year-old train cars. Remote viewing of the cameras is possible. This view is of the barn where most of the damage took place.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Jeff Bennett, chief car officer and conductor of the museum's Polar Express train talks about the repairs and the security upgrades at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin. In early July, vandals broke into the museum and caused more than $150,000 in damage to vintage train cars, some more than 100 years old. Local businesses rallied to support the museum, including Imperial Surveillance which designed and donated a state-of-the-art surveillance system to protect the trolleys. The recently completed installation features motion-tracking, mobile alerts, strobe lights and 24-hour archived monitoring.
  Jeff Bennett, chief car officer and conductor of the museum's Polar Express train talks about the repairs and the security upgrades at the Fox River Trolley Museum in South Elgin. In early July, vandals broke into the museum and caused more than $150,000 in damage to vintage train cars, some more than 100 years old. Local businesses rallied to support the museum, including Imperial Surveillance which designed and donated a state-of-the-art surveillance system to protect the trolleys. The recently completed installation features motion-tracking, mobile alerts, strobe lights and 24-hour archived monitoring.
Brian Hill | Staff Photographer
Paul Miksan, of Carol Stream works out on the bicycle machine at Fountain View Recreation Center in Carol Stream as swimmers exercise in the pool below. "I feel great. My New Year's resolution is to continue to work out throughout the year and hopefully get into good shape. My ultimate goal is to control my weight and blood pressure and lose a couple of pounds," said Mikson.
  Paul Miksan, of Carol Stream works out on the bicycle machine at Fountain View Recreation Center in Carol Stream as swimmers exercise in the pool below. "I feel great. My New Year's resolution is to continue to work out throughout the year and hopefully get into good shape. My ultimate goal is to control my weight and blood pressure and lose a couple of pounds," said Mikson.
Mark Welsh | Staff Photographer
Addison Morris, 8, of Elmhurst attacks an obstacle at the new Windy City Ninjas gym in Elmhurst. The facility features a variety of obstacles to challenge "ninjas" of every age.
  Addison Morris, 8, of Elmhurst attacks an obstacle at the new Windy City Ninjas gym in Elmhurst. The facility features a variety of obstacles to challenge "ninjas" of every age.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
Harper Staley, 6, of Elmhurst navigates an obstacle under the guidance of coach Evan Sedlacek at the new Windy City Ninjas gym in Elmhurst.
  Harper Staley, 6, of Elmhurst navigates an obstacle under the guidance of coach Evan Sedlacek at the new Windy City Ninjas gym in Elmhurst.
Joe Lewnard | Staff Photographer
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