Coach of the football team "Krumkachy" Oleg Dulub, thanks grandstands for support, when leaving the field after victory over the "Dynamo" Minsk team with a final score of 4:1 . Head coach of "ravens" is known as one of the best specialists in the field of tactics and staging the game. He laid out the game of the opponent and pressed the pain points: four shot on goal and four goals - tremendous effectiveness.

Coach of the football team "Krumkachy" Oleg Dulub, thanks grandstands for support, when leaving the field after victory over the "Dynamo" Minsk team with a final score of 4:1 . Head coach of "ravens" is known as one of the best specialists in the field of tactics and staging the game. He laid out the game of the opponent and pressed the pain points: four shot on goal and four goals - tremendous effectiveness.

 Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

 This composite image of eight photographs shows the progression of a total solar eclipse at Makanda village (Illinois) on Monday, August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe.   The village of  Makanda (Illinois) got two minutes and 40 seconds of darkness during the total solar eclipse - more than anywhere else in the United States.  

This composite image of eight photographs shows the progression of a total solar eclipse at Makanda village (Illinois) on Monday, August 21, 2017. A total solar eclipse swept across a narrow portion of the contiguous United States from Lincoln Beach, Oregon to Charleston, South Carolina. A partial solar eclipse was visible across the entire North American continent along with parts of South America, Africa, and Europe.  
The village of  Makanda (Illinois) got two minutes and 40 seconds of darkness during the total solar eclipse - more than anywhere else in the United States.  

 Car hopping action at the Slow&Low Lowrider Fest this past weekend in Pilsen, Chicago  The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s.

Car hopping action at the Slow&Low Lowrider Fest this past weekend in Pilsen, Chicago

The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s.

 Neurosurgeon and academician Arnold Smeyanovich performs an operation to remove cancerous tissue in the Cardiology Scientific and Production Center in Minsk. In front of the doctor - the human brain which is ready for surgery. Minsk, Belarus, 2013  To view full 6th hour surgery - click   HERE

Neurosurgeon and academician Arnold Smeyanovich performs an operation to remove cancerous tissue in the Cardiology Scientific and Production Center in Minsk. In front of the doctor - the human brain which is ready for surgery. Minsk, Belarus, 2013

To view full 6th hour surgery - click HERE

 Nikolai Lukashenko (front), the youngest son of the head of Belarus Aleksander (on the back), leaves the voting booth tohether with his father. Current president  took part in the presidential elections in Belarus in 2015. Minsk, 2015  full article is   HERE

Nikolai Lukashenko (front), the youngest son of the head of Belarus Aleksander (on the back), leaves the voting booth tohether with his father. Current president  took part in the presidential elections in Belarus in 2015. Minsk, 2015

full article is HERE

 Belarus, Minsk, 2014

Belarus, Minsk, 2014

 Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

 People surround a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, which was toppled by protesters, during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 8, 2013. One of the anti-government protester beats the statue of Vladimir Lenin with a sledgehammer. Ukrainian protesters angry over their government's decision to seek closer economic ties with Russia instead of with the European Union toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev.

People surround a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin, which was toppled by protesters, during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, December 8, 2013. One of the anti-government protester beats the statue of Vladimir Lenin with a sledgehammer. Ukrainian protesters angry over their government's decision to seek closer economic ties with Russia instead of with the European Union toppled a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin in Kiev.

 Christmas season in Chicago and suburbs in full play. The Chicago Transit Authority holiday train is a Chicago subway train which traditionally runs during the winter holidays, from November to December, this tradition began in 1992. Santa Claus rides on an open-air flatcar and waves to the passengers coming aboard from his sleigh with five reindeer. This fall, the Chicago holiday tradition marks the 26th year becoming an annual occurrence that brings joy to Chicagoan children and adults alike. 

Christmas season in Chicago and suburbs in full play. The Chicago Transit Authority holiday train is a Chicago subway train which traditionally runs during the winter holidays, from November to December, this tradition began in 1992. Santa Claus rides on an open-air flatcar and waves to the passengers coming aboard from his sleigh with five reindeer. This fall, the Chicago holiday tradition marks the 26th year becoming an annual occurrence that brings joy to Chicagoan children and adults alike. 

 Chicago Prade Parade 2017

Chicago Prade Parade 2017

 Vladimir Putin (Russian president) arrived in the Palace of Independence in Minsk for the second meeting of the Norman Four. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015  full article is  HERE

Vladimir Putin (Russian president) arrived in the Palace of Independence in Minsk for the second meeting of the Norman Four. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015

full article is HERE

 Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

 Donald Tusk (polish politician and historian) at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. He has been President of the European Council since December 2014. Riga, Latvia 2015  full article is   HERE

Donald Tusk (polish politician and historian) at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. He has been President of the European Council since December 2014. Riga, Latvia 2015

full article is HERE

 Portrait of an Ukrainian riot police man which was blocking pro-European Union activists gathered on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.  The policemen, wearing helmets and holding shields, formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building. Organizers called on protesters to vacate the city hall and the other building which the opposition had used as its headquarters.  

Portrait of an Ukrainian riot police man which was blocking pro-European Union activists gathered on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.  The policemen, wearing helmets and holding shields, formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building. Organizers called on protesters to vacate the city hall and the other building which the opposition had used as its headquarters.  

 Police and Minsk Special Forces officers celebrating victory in police relay race. This sports festival is an good-old tradition of the capital's police, numbering more than three decades. Belarus, 2014  full reportage is  HERE

Police and Minsk Special Forces officers celebrating victory in police relay race. This sports festival is an good-old tradition of the capital's police, numbering more than three decades. Belarus, 2014

full reportage is HERE

 Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

Chicago Lowrider Festival began as a small gathering of 40-plus cars enthusiasts in 2011. Today's event has grown to over 200 cars and attended by thousands. It took place in the Pilsen neighborhood of Chicago. The festival is a celebration of Chicago’s lowrider culture and community, featuring an awesome display of lowrider cars and bikes tricked out by Chicago’s finest clubs and shops, as well as vintage cars and trucks from the 40s and 50s . Attendees can check out the lowriders from inside and out or see them in action as they show off their impressive hydraulic systems and hop off the ground.

 Celebration of pagan holiday Koliada in the Belarusian village. It is an ancient pre-Christian Slavic winter festival. It was later incorporated into Christmas.Belarus 2014

Celebration of pagan holiday Koliada in the Belarusian village. It is an ancient pre-Christian Slavic winter festival. It was later incorporated into Christmas.Belarus 2014

 Chicago Prade Parade 2017

Chicago Prade Parade 2017

 Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine) ahead and Alexander Lukashenko next to Vladimir Putin (Russian president) on stairs on the way to hall of negotiations of the Norman four. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015  full article is   HERE

Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine) ahead and Alexander Lukashenko next to Vladimir Putin (Russian president) on stairs on the way to hall of negotiations of the Norman four. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015

full article is HERE

  The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 Diplomats Jean-Claude Juncker (center) and European Commissioner Johannes Hahn (left) posing for the photographers at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, taking confusion with identical ties with the smile. Riga, Latvia, 2015.   Full article   HERE  . 

Diplomats Jean-Claude Juncker (center) and European Commissioner Johannes Hahn (left) posing for the photographers at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga, taking confusion with identical ties with the smile. Riga, Latvia, 2015. 

Full article HERE

 Latvian border guards in a daily patrol on the border with Belarus (which is also a border with the European Union). In connection with the current political situation, cases of illegal border crossing by migrants have become more frequent. Tracking the situation in the forest and detaining of illigal immigrants is the main task of the border guards. Lithuania. 2015  full article is   HERE

Latvian border guards in a daily patrol on the border with Belarus (which is also a border with the European Union). In connection with the current political situation, cases of illegal border crossing by migrants have become more frequent. Tracking the situation in the forest and detaining of illigal immigrants is the main task of the border guards. Lithuania. 2015

full article is HERE

 Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany) and François Hollande (president of the French Republic) arrived in the Palace of Independence in Minsk for the second meeting of the Norman Four. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015  full actircle is   HERE

Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany) and François Hollande (president of the French Republic) arrived in the Palace of Independence in Minsk for the second meeting of the Norman Four. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015

full actircle is HERE

 Police officer taking picture of a group of participants of Chicago Pride Parade 2017. 

Police officer taking picture of a group of participants of Chicago Pride Parade 2017. 

 Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine) and Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany) during second meeting of the Norman Four in Palaceof Independance in Minsk. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015  full article is   HERE

Petro Poroshenko (President of Ukraine) and Angela Merkel (Chancellor of Germany) during second meeting of the Norman Four in Palaceof Independance in Minsk. "Normandy format" is a diplomatic group of high-ranking representatives of four countries (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France) to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine. Belarus . 2015

full article is HERE

  The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich received her first congratulations after she was officially awarded. Minsk, Belarus, 2016

Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich received her first congratulations after she was officially awarded. Minsk, Belarus, 2016

 Chicago bike police patrol on the streets of downtown. 2016

Chicago bike police patrol on the streets of downtown. 2016

 Representatives of the armed forces during raditional laying flowers and wreaths to the monument to Lenin in honor of the October Revolution Day. Minsk , Belarus 2016   full reportage is   HERE

Representatives of the armed forces during raditional laying flowers and wreaths to the monument to Lenin in honor of the October Revolution Day. Minsk , Belarus 2016

full reportage is HERE

 Representatives of the Communist party bear a portrait of Lenin, USSR flags on their way to Independance square in Minsk. Traditionally on November 7 laying flowers and wreaths to the monument to Lenin in honor of the October Revolution Day. Minsk, Belarus 2016   full reportage is   HERE

Representatives of the Communist party bear a portrait of Lenin, USSR flags on their way to Independance square in Minsk. Traditionally on November 7 laying flowers and wreaths to the monument to Lenin in honor of the October Revolution Day. Minsk, Belarus 2016

full reportage is HERE

 Young dancer expecting with excitement her first appearance on the stage at the opening ceremony of the International Festival "Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk". The largest in Belarus amphitheater for summer performances at the opening was attended by over 7,000 people in the stands was present as well and the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko with his son Nicholas. July 10, 2014

Young dancer expecting with excitement her first appearance on the stage at the opening ceremony of the International Festival "Slavic Bazaar in Vitebsk". The largest in Belarus amphitheater for summer performances at the opening was attended by over 7,000 people in the stands was present as well and the head of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko with his son Nicholas. July 10, 2014

 Chicago Prade Parade 2017

Chicago Prade Parade 2017

 First reaction of the local mass-media on announcement of Svetlana Alexievich as a Nobel Prize winner. Minsk, Belarus, 2016

First reaction of the local mass-media on announcement of Svetlana Alexievich as a Nobel Prize winner. Minsk, Belarus, 2016

 People climb up to the top of a pedestal after a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, on Dec. 8, 2013

People climb up to the top of a pedestal after a statue of Soviet state founder Vladimir Lenin was toppled by protesters during a rally organized by supporters of EU integration in Kiev, on Dec. 8, 2013

 Jean-Claude Juncker (luxembourgish politician) at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. Since 2014, Juncker has been President of the European Commission. Riga, Latvia 2015  full article is   HERE

Jean-Claude Juncker (luxembourgish politician) at the opening of the Eastern Partnership summit in Riga. Since 2014, Juncker has been President of the European Commission. Riga, Latvia 2015

full article is HERE

 Belarusian elite special forces perform training of terrorists detention. Belarus, 2014

Belarusian elite special forces perform training of terrorists detention. Belarus, 2014

 Prisoners of Metropolitan Correction Center in downtown Chicago (MCC) doing morning yoga classes on the prison rooftop (~29 floor).   The MMC seems to break away from all the past typological rules of prison. Not like the prisons in the mid-eighteens century which were built on the edge of the city, this prison is built in a crowd area in downtown, it's a concrete skyscraper in a right triangular shape with narrow and long slit windows. MCC Chicago was designed by architect Harry Weese and constracted in 1975. Weese chose the maximum five inch width for the seven-foot-high barless windows. Following an escape in 1985 bars were introduced. In 2012 two convicted bank robbers managed to create a hole and rappel 17 stories to their escape on tied bed sheets.

Prisoners of Metropolitan Correction Center in downtown Chicago (MCC) doing morning yoga classes on the prison rooftop (~29 floor).


The MMC seems to break away from all the past typological rules of prison. Not like the prisons in the mid-eighteens century which were built on the edge of the city, this prison is built in a crowd area in downtown, it's a concrete skyscraper in a right triangular shape with narrow and long slit windows. MCC Chicago was designed by architect Harry Weese and constracted in 1975. Weese chose the maximum five inch width for the seven-foot-high barless windows. Following an escape in 1985 bars were introduced. In 2012 two convicted bank robbers managed to create a hole and rappel 17 stories to their escape on tied bed sheets.

 For the first time in the last 15 years the episcopal consecration was performed in Minsk. The solemn ceremony was held in the main Catholic church of the country - the Archcathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The auxiliary bishop of the Minsk-Mohilev archdiocese was Yury Kosobutsky. All the hierarchs of the Roman Catholic Church of our country, relatives and friends of the new bishop gathered in the church, many people came with flowers. Belarus, Minsk, 2014.

For the first time in the last 15 years the episcopal consecration was performed in Minsk. The solemn ceremony was held in the main Catholic church of the country - the Archcathedral of the Blessed Virgin Mary. The auxiliary bishop of the Minsk-Mohilev archdiocese was Yury Kosobutsky. All the hierarchs of the Roman Catholic Church of our country, relatives and friends of the new bishop gathered in the church, many people came with flowers. Belarus, Minsk, 2014.

 President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko answers the questions of journalists who gathered at the polling station where the president voted. The main question that interested everyone was: "For whom did the current head of state vote?". Minsk, Belarus 2015  full article is   HERE

President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko answers the questions of journalists who gathered at the polling station where the president voted. The main question that interested everyone was: "For whom did the current head of state vote?". Minsk, Belarus 2015

full article is HERE

 Chicago Prade Parade 2017

Chicago Prade Parade 2017

 Demonstration against governmental dictatorship on the streets of Minsk, Belarus.

Demonstration against governmental dictatorship on the streets of Minsk, Belarus.

 Kaliady (Dec. 25 - Jan. 7) - prechristian celebration of the end of year. It comes from Latin "Calendae", which is the name for the first day of each month. Another version of the origin of the word is the word "Kola" (the wheel) which is related tothe turn of the year.

Kaliady (Dec. 25 - Jan. 7) - prechristian celebration of the end of year. It comes from Latin "Calendae", which is the name for the first day of each month. Another version of the origin of the word is the word "Kola" (the wheel) which is related tothe turn of the year.

  The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 A snow plough clears Victory Square in Minsk after heavy snowfall which hit city in winter 2015. Clearing of the central streets went in non-stop mode from the very beginning. Minsk, Belarus

A snow plough clears Victory Square in Minsk after heavy snowfall which hit city in winter 2015. Clearing of the central streets went in non-stop mode from the very beginning. Minsk, Belarus

  The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

  The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 The 65th annual Columbus Day Parade stepped off at Clark and Lake streets and headed to Van Buren Street in downtown Chicago on Oct. 9, 2017. It celebrates Christopher Columbus and his monumental voyage which was first acknowledged in Illinois in 1963 when it became a legal holiday.

 Christmas season in Chicago and suburbs in full play. The Chicago Transit Authority holiday train is a Chicago subway train which traditionally runs during the winter holidays, from November to December, this tradition began in 1992. Santa Claus rides on an open-air flatcar and waves to the passengers coming aboard from his sleigh with five reindeer. This fall, the Chicago holiday tradition marks the 26th year becoming an annual occurrence that brings joy to Chicagoan children and adults alike. 

Christmas season in Chicago and suburbs in full play. The Chicago Transit Authority holiday train is a Chicago subway train which traditionally runs during the winter holidays, from November to December, this tradition began in 1992. Santa Claus rides on an open-air flatcar and waves to the passengers coming aboard from his sleigh with five reindeer. This fall, the Chicago holiday tradition marks the 26th year becoming an annual occurrence that brings joy to Chicagoan children and adults alike. 

 Portrait of an Ukrainian riot police man which was blocking pro-European Union activists gathered on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.  The policemen, wearing helmets and holding shields, formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building. Organizers called on protesters to vacate the city hall and the other building which the opposition had used as its headquarters.  

Portrait of an Ukrainian riot police man which was blocking pro-European Union activists gathered on Independence Square in Kiev, Ukraine, Monday, Dec. 9, 2013.  The policemen, wearing helmets and holding shields, formed a chain across Kiev’s main street outside the city building. Organizers called on protesters to vacate the city hall and the other building which the opposition had used as its headquarters.