Chicago's Top Viral News Stories Of The Year 2013

2013 was an eventful year in Chicago. As we look to 2014, we wanted to take this opportunity to look back on the year that was, including some of the incredible stories that helped make this year, for better or worse, so special. We reached out to some of the city's most respected trendsetters and influencers in music, food and drink and more to share some of their "year's best" picks, in addition to weighing in ourselves. We'll be rolling them out on the daily through New Year's Day.

To kick things off, we took a closer look at our statistics to see how some of our stories stacked up when it came to the most "viral" visits via social media like Facebook and Twitter. Below are the dozen stories that stood a cut above the rest. Combined, they have received over 845,000 Facebook "Likes" from our readers.