Most Memorable Chicago Stories of 2011

With the year coming to a close, we asked our Twitter followers and Facebook fans to send us their picks for the top Chicago stories of 2011. Here’s a list of the most memorable, plus some additions from our staff.

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Maggie Daley Passes

Chicago’s former first lady, Maggie Daley, passed away on Thanksgiving after a long battle with breast cancer. Often remembered for her work with Chicago’s youth and having a deep love for the arts, Mrs. Daley was ”the yin to Rich Daley’s yang.”

Where the former mayor could be gruff and impatient, she was kind and accepting. She softened and humanized the mayor, leaving him — and many of us — near tears when he struggled to answer reporters’ questions about her long struggle with cancer.

Memorable Moments:

* The Daley family outside Old St. Patrick’s church:

Daley family at Maggie Daley funeral

* The Chicago flag flies at half staff at City Hall in honor of the former first lady:

Chicago Flag at Half Staff

 

Photographs: Chuck Berman and Zbigniew Bzdak, Chicago Tribune

 

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