Katie Balk, 16, rides a unicycle without using the pedals outside her home in South Elgin, Ill. She spins the wheel with her feet on the rubber tire. Nearly every day, Katie and her brother Nick, 14, are juggling, pedaling unicycles in tight circles, balancing on one hand and holding each ot…
Nick Balk, 14, balances on his homemade "balancing canes" as his sister Katie, 16, peddles a six-foot-tall unicycle in front of their home in South Elgin, Ill. The teenage siblings use their one-stall garage as their personal circus tent.
Mark Dvorak, left, a veteran performer and teacher at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago, looks on as Marge Weber plays a tune on her guitar in Elk Grove Village, Ill. Dvorak produced Weber's debut album which she recorded last year at the age of 79.
ELK GROVE VILLAGE, Ill. | Many suburban grandmas wouldn't consider driving into Chicago at 9:30 on a weeknight to hear a new performer play guitar and sing at a bar.
Butcher Wally Tenhoopen, owner of Thuringer Gourmet Meats in Arlington Heights, helps a pair of customers at his shop. Tenhoopen always finds time to give his customers advice or joke around a bit.
ARLINGTON HEIGHTS, Ill. | Wally Tenhoopen was asked to help bag chickens one day while working as a bagger in a grocery store in Arlington Heights. He liked the atmosphere and the guys working in the butcher shop, so he hung around more. That was 40 years ago. Now, Tenhoopen is the owner of …
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