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Manuel Martinez, Muhammad Sajjad, NIAID-RML, Rick Rycroft, John Minchillo, Carolyn Kaster, Jose M. Osorio / WBEZ, Associated Press

A Look Back At 2020, In 52 Photos

We’ve lived through a year like no other. Here’s what it looked like in Chicago and around the world.

Manuel Martinez, Muhammad Sajjad, NIAID-RML, Rick Rycroft, John Minchillo, Carolyn Kaster, Jose M. Osorio / WBEZ, Associated Press
Year in Photos Thumbnail
Manuel Martinez, Muhammad Sajjad, NIAID-RML, Rick Rycroft, John Minchillo, Carolyn Kaster, Jose M. Osorio / WBEZ, Associated Press

A Look Back At 2020, In 52 Photos

We’ve lived through a year like no other. Here’s what it looked like in Chicago and around the world.

The big stories of 2020 stand out: the global pandemic, sweeping civil unrest and a tumultuous presidential election.

But the moments in between have been just as memorable — including the return of a disgraced former governor, citywide shortages of tortillas, our collective dependence on videoconferencing and the many pop culture obsessions that got us through it all. (Carole Baskin? … Fed him to tigers. They snackin’.)

Take a spin through this video slideshow of the major events of 2020 — overseas, across the country and here in Chicago — in 52 photos for each week of the year that was. You won’t believe everything we’ve lived through.