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Pictures of ice laden Chicago during the Chiberia polar vortex

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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.

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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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