2021 Year In Review / Candace Parker / COVID shutdown / Los Lobos

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In 2021, restaurants reopened and schools returned to in-person learning in Chicago.

Politicians got caught up in corruption probes.

The Bears announced plans to move to the suburbs.

Murders, shootings, carjackings and downtown smash-and-grab robberies spiked.

Sure, there were silver linings: The Chicago Sky won the WNBA championship. Lollapalooza made a late-summer comeback. The White Sox won the American League Central Division.

But all the while, the coronavirus crisis maintained its stranglehold on city life during a most tumultuous year.

KONKOL COLUMN: A Most Tumultuous Year: Taking A Look Back At Chicago In 2021

Nelson the Dog.
Nelson the Dog.

Here Comes The Sun. High: 39 Low: 37.

  • Veteran ESPN reporter Jeff Dickerson, who was diagnosed with colon cancer earlier this year, died Tuesday. He was 44. The Bears beat writer is survived by an 11-year-old son, Parker, whose mother died from a rare form of cancer two years ago.By Wednesday, more than 7,500 people donated more than $426,000 to a GoFundMe campaign to benefit Parker. (Patch)

  • Planning to get your drivers license renewed to start the new year? Think again. llinois Secretary of State Jesse White plans to shut down driver's services centers staring Monday until Jan. 17 due to the onslaught of new COVID-19 cases. (Patch)

  • Five-year-old Tabitha Shields was pronounced dead Tuesday at Lurie Children's Hospital after she was found unresponsive in a swimming pool at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel At Water Tower Place, police said. (Patch)

  • Two Chicago men were charged with felony gun crimes related to a shootout at Oakbrook Center Mall two days before Christmas, one of the busiest shopping days of the year. A DuPage County judge ordered Steve L. Lane, 29, and Tyran Williams, 32, each held on $1 million bail. (Patch)

  • Congrats to the Chicago Sky's Candace Parker, the Associated Press's 2021 Female Athlete of the Year. (Patch)

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