All the Crazy Things That Happened in Chicago This Year

All good things must come to an end… but luckily, not-so-great things do, too. Whether 2018 fell into the former or latter category there is up to you. But whatever your feelings, the year of pop-up bars, Tide pod poisonings, and Kanye decidedly moving to Chicago (but not really) is finally over.

We all know some crazy shit went down this year, so we thought we’d put together a list of everything that happened to remind you of the good (and bad) times.

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So here’s our year in review, UrbanMatter-style.

 

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8 Chicago Restaurant Openings We Can’t Wait For In 2018

The restaurants we’ve all been waiting for.

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Lyft Branded Beer Will Launch Next Week In Chicago

When Lyft partnered with a Chicago brewery to make the Five Star Lager.

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A Juice Bar That Only Hires Attractive Guys Opens Tomorrow In Chicago

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They’ve since opened three locations downtown with two more in the works. Yeah, no shit.

 

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Kim And Kanye Named Their Daughter “Chicago West” And We’re Shook

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We were like  …………..

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Big Star Is Opening A GIANT New Location In Wrigleyville

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Life has never been the same.

 

Chicago’s Potential Amazon HQ2 Site Looks Unreal

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That moment when Amazon ALMOST came to Chicago and we wrote like 6 articles on it.

 

Both O’Hare And Midway Now Have Unlimited Free Wi-Fi

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FINALLY.

 

Aurelio’s Pizza Is Opening A Wrigleyville Location This Summer

*casually drools over cheese pull*

 

10 Inevitable Malort Reactions: Before And After Shots

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When our whole office tried Malort and we all died.

 

Meet The Download Your Social Life’s Been Waiting For

When we launched the new UrbanMatter social app! Download today.

 

Houston’s New Bean Sculpture Is A Total Chicago Rip-Off

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That time Houston tried to be as cool as us and failed.

 

The Star Wars Celebration Convention Is Coming To Chicago In 2019

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“Power. Unlimited power!”

 

Taco Bell Is Bringing Frosé Slushies To Chicago This Summer

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When Taco Bell gave us life this summer.

 

Chicago O’Hare Is Gonna Be The First Airport In The U.S. To Fly Direct To All 6 Major Continents

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Save Antarctica. Because no one really wants an arctic vacation.

 

Elon Musk Is Gonna Get Chicagoans From The Loop To O’Hare In 12 Minutes

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When Elon Musk tried to modernize the whole damn city at once.

 

Looks Like Union Station Might Be Getting Some New Digs

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That time Union Station almost got an upgrade until everyone hated the designs. Twice.

 

Forbes Names Pilsen One Of The Coolest Neighborhoods In The World

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When a South Side neighborhood kicked ass.

 

Au Cheval Named The Best Burger In America By The Daily Meal

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And people loved our food (no surprise there).

 

Chicago’s Lost Lake Has Been Named The Best Cocktail Bar In America

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And our cocktails, of course.

 

Study Names Chicago The ‘Rat Capital’ Of America

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But definitely not our rats…

 

Chicago’s First Raw Cookie Dough Shop Is Open for Business

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We got even more creative with our (un)baked goods.

 

Chance The Rapper Buys Chicagoist, Announces Purchase In New Song

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He bought the Chicagoist just to “run you racist bitches out of business.” Yeah. He said that.

 

Facebook To Open Massive New Chicago Office

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Still not sure when… so that’s awkward.

 

The U.S. Pizza Museum Is Officially Opening In Chicago This Summer

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We beat out New York for the location of the U.S. Pizza Museum (IN YOUR FACE). And, clearly, we’re ~lost in the sauce~ over it.

 

The Chicago Accent Is The Least Attractive In America, Study Finds

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They just don’t like da way we say da Bears.

 

Chicago’s Merch Mart Is Transforming Into The World’s Largest Digital Art Projection

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When our art scene got even cooler.

 

Chance The Rapper And Zazie Beetz Are Killing It In ‘Slice’ Movie

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When Chano played a sexy pizza delivery guy for the second time.

 

Rock ‘N’ Roll No More: McDonald’s Iconic Flagship Store Reveals Sleek Update On Thursday

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Big Macs are here to stay. You just gotta order them on a self-serve screen now.

 

Chicago Is Finally Getting A Steak ‘N Shake This Month

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No more hauling ass to the suburbs for a steakburger.

 

Amazon Opens Checkout-Less Grocery Store In The Loop Today

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No lines. No fuss. No, really.

 

Kanye And Kim Have Purchased A Home In Chicago

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Correction: Naperville, probably.

 

A Baby Trump Balloon Will Float Over Chicago For March To The Polls

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And it. was. awesome.

 

Logan Square’s Giant Robin Williams Mural Is Our New Favorite Chicago Landmark

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When Owen Dippie and Jerkface broke our hearts all over again.

 

CH Distillery Purchases Chicago’s Most Revolting Drink: Malört

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Yup, it’s here to stay.

 

Chicago Ranked As The Best Big City In America, Again

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I mean, can you blame them?

 

Nisei Lounge Is Hosting A Wake For The Closing Of Wrigleyville’s Taco Bell

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Truly a tragedy.

 

Chicago Ranked Among The 10 Best Cities For Celebrating Halloween In America

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Just call us Chicago the Urban Ghost.

 

The 2018 Christkindlmarket Mugs Are Heart Shaped And People Have Thoughts

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When Christkindlmarket switched it up on us and we all freaked out.

 

What The Fuck Is Going On With These ‘Birds Aren’t Real’ Posters?

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When people thought birds were actually government surveillance drones.

 

Taco Bell Is Giving Away Free Tacos To Everyone In America Today Only

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When Taco Bell saved the day.

 

Miss Ricky’s Diner Recreated Buddy The Elf’s Spaghetti Sundae And It Looks Insane

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Syrup and all.

 

Ludlow Liquors Is Hosting A Very Grinchy Christmas Sucks Pop-Up Bar

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When we showed our grinchy side.

 

Chicago Is America’s New Beer Capital With Record-Breaking 167 Breweries

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Take that, Milwaukee.

 

Portillo’s Is Named Top Dog In TripAdvisor’s 2018 Travelers’ Choice Awards

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I mean, we already knew that, but we appreciate the cred.

 

Chicago’s Newest Luxury Food Hall Is Finally Open For Business

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Aster Hall: the businessman’s McDonald’s.

 

Chicago Ranked As The 5th Best Sports City In America Again

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We would have been number one but SOMEBODY kept fucking it up for us (thanks, Hoiberg).

 

Anything we missed? Let us know your favorite things that happened in Chicago this year!

 

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