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Pictures of ice laden Chicago during the Chiberia polar vortex

Picture of Chicago during polar vortex
Picture of Chicago during polar vortex
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

The polar vortex brought such crippling frigid weather to Chicago this week that the National Weather Service nicknamed the city Chiberia, according to Jan. 8, 2014 news reports. The polar vortex and Chiberia are headline news, even as the frigid temperatures begin to ease.

The polar vortex is starting to ease, but the weather event inspired some fascinating photos. Someday the frigid temps will be a memory, but for now frostbite is still a danger to those who venture outdoors.

Hardy commuters huddled at the Metra and El stops, steam rose from downtown buildings and the waves from Lake Michigan froze in place in Chicago during the polar vortex. See the attached photo show to see fascinating images.

The artic blast was responsible for keeping people indoors, closing schools, wreaking havoc on public transportation and forcing airline flights to be cancelled.

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Picture of Chicago during polar vortex
Picture of Chicago during polar vortex (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Picture of Chicago during polar vortex

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Picture of icy Lake Michigan during polar vortex
Picture of icy Lake Michigan during polar vortex Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of icy Lake Michigan during polar vortex

.Ice builds up along Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.

Photo of Chicago lakefront during polar vortex
Photo of Chicago lakefront during polar vortex Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo of Chicago lakefront during polar vortex

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city. (

Picture of ice wall at Chicago lakefront
Picture of ice wall at Chicago lakefront Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of ice wall at Chicago lakefront

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.

Pictures of commuters crossing Chicago River
Pictures of commuters crossing Chicago River Scott Olson/Getty Images

Pictures of commuters crossing Chicago River

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Picture of emergency workers in Chicago
Picture of emergency workers in Chicago Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of emergency workers in Chicago

Chicago firefighters transport a woman to an ambulance following a minor commuter train accident in the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning on the heals of a polar vortex that has swept into the Midwest bringing with it dangerously cold temperatures not seen in the area in about 20 years

Picture of Chicago commuters
Picture of Chicago commuters Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of Chicago commuters

Commuters make a sub-zero trek to offices in the Loop on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Temperatures in the city dipped to -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning on the heals of a polar vortex that has swept into the Midwest bringing with it dangerously cold temperatures not seen in the area in about 20 years.

Picture of weather map during polar vortex
Picture of weather map during polar vortex (Photo by NOAA via Getty Images)

Picture of weather map during polar vortex

In this satellite handout image provided by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), shows a large area of low pressure as it sweeps across the Northern U.S. January 6, 2014. The weather system is bringing dangerously cold temperatures not seen in half of the continental United States in about 20 years. It is expected to move northward back over Canada toward the end of the week.

Picture of Chicago Lake Michigan during polar vortex
Picture of Chicago Lake Michigan during polar vortex Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of Chicago Lake Michigan during polar vortex

Mist rises from Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city

Picture of Chicago lakefront during Chiberia
Picture of Chicago lakefront during Chiberia Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of Chicago lakefront during Chiberia

Mist rises from Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city

Picture of Chicago commuters during Chiberia
Picture of Chicago commuters during Chiberia Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of Chicago commuters during Chiberia

Mist rises from Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city

View of Chicago during polar vortex
View of Chicago during polar vortex Scott Olson/Getty Images

View of Chicago during polar vortex

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Picture of Chicago commuters during polar vortex
Picture of Chicago commuters during polar vortex Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of Chicago commuters during polar vortex

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

View of Chicago from John Hancock building
View of Chicago from John Hancock building Scott Olson/Getty Images

View of Chicago from John Hancock building

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Photo of Chicago skyscrapers
Photo of Chicago skyscrapers Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo of Chicago skyscrapers

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Picture of Chicago skyscraper during artic blast
Picture of Chicago skyscraper during artic blast Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of Chicago skyscraper during artic blast

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Photo of Chicago commuters at rail line
Photo of Chicago commuters at rail line Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo of Chicago commuters at rail line

Passengers heading into downtown wait on an 'L' platform for the train to arrive in below zero temperatures on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Platforms were crowded and trains were delayed because doors on the trains kept freezing open. Chicago is experiencing its third consecutive day of below-zero temperatures.

Photo of commuter at Chicago rail line
Photo of commuter at Chicago rail line Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo of commuter at Chicago rail line

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Picture of icy lakefront in Chicago
Picture of icy lakefront in Chicago Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of icy lakefront in Chicago

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.

Picture of ice formations on Lake Michigan
Picture of ice formations on Lake Michigan Scott Olson/Getty Images

Picture of ice formations on Lake Michigan

Ice builds up along Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.

Photo of icy lakefront in Chicago
Photo of icy lakefront in Chicago Scott Olson/Getty Images

Photo of icy lakefront in Chicago

Mist rises from Lake Michigan as temperatures dipped well below zero on January 6, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago hit a record low of -16 degree Fahrenheit this morning as a polar air mass brought the coldest temperatures in about two decades into the city.

View of Chicago skyscrapers
View of Chicago skyscrapers Scott Olson/Getty Images

View of Chicago skyscrapers

Steam rises from downtown buildings as temperature begin to climb above zero for the first time in more than 30 hours on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. The cold weather has closed schools, wreaked havoc on public transportation and forced more than 1,500 flights to be cancelled at O'Hare Airport.

Aerial view of Chicago commuters
Aerial view of Chicago commuters Scott Olson/Getty Images

Aerial view of Chicago commuters

Commuters wait on a frozen sidewalk in below zero temperatures for a bus to arrive on January 7, 2014 in Chicago, Illinois. Chicago is experiencing its third consecutive day of below zero temperatures