2017 was a year marked by turmoil and triumph, with countless stories and events captivating Chicagoans and the nation. From the harrowing details of a deadly standoff at a suburban hospital, to the solar eclipse that thrust the world into an untimely darkness, and everything in between, this year was above all punctuated by people getting personal. Individuals came forward to share their tales: the stories behind the viral videos, the struggles following medical diagnoses, the pain of losing a loved one and so much more. Illinois’ disgraced former governor spoke from behind bars for the first time, Chicago crime and violence once again made headlines, and we finally put the age-old quest for the perfect pizza to rest. Take a look back at all of those stories and more in this recap of our most-read pieces of 2017.
From wonders to tragedies, resistances to global calls for change, take a look back at 2017 in images.