Best of 2016

Georgi Davis hula hoops at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Georgi Davis hula hoops at North Avenue Beach Monday, July 4, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Three boys sit on the front of a boat as it pulls into Diversey Harbor Sunday, August 14, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Three boys sit on the front of a boat as it pulls into Diversey Harbor Sunday, August 14, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A photo of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown tops a tower of red, white and blue cupcakes at her election party Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the National Association of Letter Carriers Union Hall in Chicago. Brown is running against Democratic candidates 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris and Jacob Meister in her attempt to claim a fifth term. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A photo of Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown tops a tower of red, white and blue cupcakes at her election party Tuesday, March 15, 2016, at the National Association of Letter Carriers Union Hall in Chicago. Brown is running against Democratic candidates 8th Ward Alderman Michelle Harris and Jacob Meister in her attempt to claim a fifth term. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Kerry Morris, 24, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, visits with her at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. Marge’s children, John, Mike, Tom, Tim, Maureen, Maribeth, Peggy, Terry, Patty, Rich, David, Diane, Cathleen and Dan, kept a schedule and took turns caring for their mother in 12-hour shifts in the house where they all grew up. Although she was a nurse and her husband Jack a doctor at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Marge was not too keen on seeing doctors herself. The family was happy to help.“They gave a lot to us and really built a strong family bond and so they instilled that in us, that you have to take care of each other,” said Maureen Kelly, child number five. Margaret “Marge” Coleman passed away on Sunday, August 7, surrounded by her family at home.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Kerry Morris, 24, one of 92-year-old Margaret Coleman's 48 grandchildren, visits with her at the Coleman family home Monday, July 25, 2016, in Chicago. Although she is on oxygen and can no longer walk, Margaret remains in high spirits and wishes to stay in the family house, so her children organize and take turns caring for her during the week. Marge’s children, John, Mike, Tom, Tim, Maureen, Maribeth, Peggy, Terry, Patty, Rich, David, Diane, Cathleen and Dan, kept a schedule and took turns caring for their mother in 12-hour shifts in the house where they all grew up. Although she was a nurse and her husband Jack a doctor at Mercy Hospital in Chicago, Marge was not too keen on seeing doctors herself. The family was happy to help.“They gave a lot to us and really built a strong family bond and so they instilled that in us, that you have to take care of each other,” said Maureen Kelly, child number five. Margaret “Marge” Coleman passed away on Sunday, August 7, surrounded by her family at home.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Frontwoman LG performs with her band Thelma and the Sleaze at Metro Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Frontwoman LG performs with her band Thelma and the Sleaze at Metro Wednesday, May 25, 2016. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Iggy Pop performs at the Chicago Theatre Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Iggy Pop performs at the Chicago Theatre Wednesday, April 6, 2016, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Three Chicago police officers walk by pictures demonstrators taped to the wall of Chicago police union headquarters Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Chicago. Demonstrators were protesting the hiring of Jason Van Dyke, the officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, as a janitor, and said the pictures were all of individuals that were shot by Chicago police officers. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Three Chicago police officers walk by pictures demonstrators taped to the wall of Chicago police union headquarters Thursday, March 31, 2016, in Chicago. Demonstrators were protesting the hiring of Jason Van Dyke, the officer charged with first-degree murder in the shooting death of Laquan McDonald, as a janitor, and said the pictures were all of individuals that were shot by Chicago police officers. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Heavy snow falls as members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a shooting in the 7200 block of South Sangamon Street Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Officers were driving down the block Wednesday night, checking out a report about shots fired, when a man ran up and told them, “They just got my gramma.” 72-year-old Emagene Jackson was shot in the chest and wrist and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she recovered. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Heavy snow falls as members of the Chicago Police Department work the scene of a shooting in the 7200 block of South Sangamon Street Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. Officers were driving down the block Wednesday night, checking out a report about shots fired, when a man ran up and told them, “They just got my gramma.” 72-year-old Emagene Jackson was shot in the chest and wrist and was taken to Advocate Christ Medical Center where she recovered. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A man clings to a woman near the body of a gunshot victim laying in the grass at the scene of a fatal double shooting in Ogden Park Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The 47-year-old man was walking his dog in the crowded park as people celebrated the holiday when shots were fired from a vehicle and he was struck in the chest. He likely died at the scene. A man clings to a woman near the body of a gunshot victim laying in the grass at the scene of a fatal double shooting in Ogden Park Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The 47-year-old man was walking his dog in the crowded park as people celebrated the holiday when shots were fired from a vehicle and he was struck in the chest. He likely died at the scene. Lacoah Curtis packed up food and picnic supplies as the sun set over the park and police nearby told people the park was closed. Curtis grew up here but hasn’t been to a barbecue in a park in 10 or so years because she fears shootings. When she was in high school, she said, someone who wanted to kill someone else went and found that person, and shot them. But now, “people don’t care about shooting into a crowded park” and hitting innocent bystanders. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A man clings to a woman near the body of a gunshot victim laying in the grass at the scene of a fatal double shooting in Ogden Park Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The 47-year-old man was walking his dog in the crowded park as people celebrated the holiday when shots were fired from a vehicle and he was struck in the chest. He likely died at the scene. A man clings to a woman near the body of a gunshot victim laying in the grass at the scene of a fatal double shooting in Ogden Park Monday, Labor Day, Sept. 5, 2016, in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. The 47-year-old man was walking his dog in the crowded park as people celebrated the holiday when shots were fired from a vehicle and he was struck in the chest. He likely died at the scene. Lacoah Curtis packed up food and picnic supplies as the sun set over the park and police nearby told people the park was closed. Curtis grew up here but hasn’t been to a barbecue in a park in 10 or so years because she fears shootings. When she was in high school, she said, someone who wanted to kill someone else went and found that person, and shot them. But now, “people don’t care about shooting into a crowded park” and hitting innocent bystanders. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chasity, who did not want to give her last name, looks out of the shattered window of her residence near the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. She said a bullet came through the glass but only shattered the outer pane of the two-pane window. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chasity, who did not want to give her last name, looks out of the shattered window of her residence near the scene of a shooting in the 500 block of North Springfield Avenue Saturday, June 4, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood in Chicago. She said a bullet came through the glass but only shattered the outer pane of the two-pane window. A 20-year-old man went to Stroger Hospital with gunshot wounds to the leg. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department puts out kibble for a cat at the scene of a shooting in the 7100 block of South Paulina Street Friday, August 26, in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. A 22-year-old male was shot in the ankle. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A member of the Chicago Police Department puts out kibble for a cat at the scene of a shooting in the 7100 block of South Paulina Street Friday, August 26, in the West Englewood neighborhood of Chicago. A 22-year-old male was shot in the ankle. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Willis Tower can be seen beyond police tape at the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of South Union Avenue Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago. A 17-year-old male was in the back seat of a vehicle when he was shot in the chest. The driver fled and ended up in the 1800 block of South Calumet Avenue. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Willis Tower can be seen beyond police tape at the scene of a shooting in the 1200 block of South Union Avenue Friday, Dec. 9, 2016, in the University Village neighborhood of Chicago. A 17-year-old male was in the back seat of a vehicle when he was shot in the chest. The driver fled and ended up in the 1800 block of South Calumet Avenue. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Joshua Oaks, right, puts his arms around his partner Mark Flannigan during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded when Omar Marteen opened fire in the crowded Pulse nightclub.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Joshua Oaks, right, puts his arms around his partner Mark Flannigan during a vigil for the victims of the Orlando gay nightclub shooting Sunday, June 12, 2016, in the Boystown neighborhood of Chicago. 49 people were killed and 53 others wounded when Omar Marteen opened fire in the crowded Pulse nightclub.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Children play in the water from a fire hydrant in the 600 block of North Saint Louis Avenue Thursday, July 21, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Children play in the water from a fire hydrant in the 600 block of North Saint Louis Avenue Thursday, July 21, 2016, in the East Garfield Park neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, who is Muslim, folds one of her many headscarves at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove on Sundays and attends the public school Glenbrook South High as a junior during the week. Saarah was an infant at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and her sister Aasiyah, 13, wasn’t born, but both teenagers have grown up beneath a cloud of suspicion about their faith. Shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015 that killed 130 people, one of Saarah’s teachers at Glenbrook stood up and spoke on her behalf. “How could you think what’s going on in Paris and what’s going on with ISIS is representative of Islam if you have people like Saarah?” he said. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Saarah Bhaiji, 16, who is Muslim, folds one of her many headscarves at her home Sunday, Jan. 31, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Bhaiji teaches at the Muslim Education Center in Morton Grove on Sundays and attends the public school Glenbrook South High as a junior during the week. Saarah was an infant at the time of the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. and her sister Aasiyah, 13, wasn’t born, but both teenagers have grown up beneath a cloud of suspicion about their faith. Shortly after the Paris terrorist attacks in 2015 that killed 130 people, one of Saarah’s teachers at Glenbrook stood up and spoke on her behalf. “How could you think what’s going on in Paris and what’s going on with ISIS is representative of Islam if you have people like Saarah?” he said. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

President Barack Obama waves as he walks to Air Force One with his daughter Malia at O'Hare International Airport Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Chicago. President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago, promoting his Supreme Court Nominee native Illinoisan Merrick Garland. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

President Barack Obama waves as he walks to Air Force One with his daughter Malia at O'Hare International Airport Thursday, April 7, 2016, in Chicago. President Obama spoke at the University of Chicago, promoting his Supreme Court Nominee native Illinoisan Merrick Garland. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The helmet of Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) flies off as he's taken down by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period of the Minnesota Wild versus Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Chicago. Panarin received a two-minute roughing penalty. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The helmet of Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) flies off as he's taken down by Chicago Blackhawks left wing Artemi Panarin (72) during the third period of the Minnesota Wild versus Chicago Blackhawks game at the United Center Sunday, March 20, 2016, in Chicago. Panarin received a two-minute roughing penalty. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young fan receives a stick from Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) as the Minnesota Wild leave the ice after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A young fan receives a stick from Minnesota Wild defenseman Matt Dumba (24) as the Minnesota Wild leave the ice after defeating the Chicago Blackhawks 6-1 in the 2016 NHL Stadium Series outdoor game at TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota Campus Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Minneapolis. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

2016 McDonald’s All American player Josh Jackson of California takes a turn during the slam dunk contest at the POWERADE Jam Fest skills event Sunday, March 28, 2016, at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago. The skills contest precedes the 39th All American Games on March 30 at the United Center. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

2016 McDonald’s All American player Josh Jackson of California takes a turn during the slam dunk contest at the POWERADE Jam Fest skills event Sunday, March 28, 2016, at the Chicago Theatre in Chicago. The skills contest precedes the 39th All American Games on March 30 at the United Center. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Javion Irvy, 8, does a dance in the huddle of Evanston Township High School players before the 4A sectional semifinal game against Notre Dame College Prep at Glenbrook South High School Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Notre Dame beat Evanston 68-56. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Javion Irvy, 8, does a dance in the huddle of Evanston Township High School players before the 4A sectional semifinal game against Notre Dame College Prep at Glenbrook South High School Tuesday, March 8, 2016, in Glenview, Ill. Notre Dame beat Evanston 68-56. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Bears tight end Logan Paulsen (82) grabs Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) after he scored a touchdown during the first half of the Chicago Bears versus San Francisco 49ers game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Bears tight end Logan Paulsen (82) grabs Chicago Bears running back Jordan Howard (24) after he scored a touchdown during the first half of the Chicago Bears versus San Francisco 49ers game Sunday, Dec. 4, 2016, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler slides safely past Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp into home base on a hit from Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo during the first inning of the Chicago Cubs versus Philadelphia Phillies game at Wrigley Field Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won the game 7-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Cubs center fielder Dexter Fowler slides safely past Philadelphia Phillies catcher Cameron Rupp into home base on a hit from Chicago Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo during the first inning of the Chicago Cubs versus Philadelphia Phillies game at Wrigley Field Sunday, May 29, 2016, in Chicago. The Cubs won the game 7-2. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Fans celebrate the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Wrigleyville in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Fans celebrate the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016, in Wrigleyville in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Michael Fanelli, left, buys a large stack of Chicago Tribune newspapers from 33-year employee Adirian Reed as fans celebrate the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, in Wrigleyville in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Michael Fanelli, left, buys a large stack of Chicago Tribune newspapers from 33-year employee Adirian Reed as fans celebrate the Chicago Cubs' historic World Series win over the Cleveland Indians Thursday, Nov. 3, in Wrigleyville in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Brendan Taylor dances as his coworkers, clockwise from top left, David Johnson, Dimitri Chavez, Vincent Glover, Kyline Puritt and Antonio Barr laugh at him as they take a break from deconstructing a house Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. About 28 young men are participating in a pilot program launched by the Emerson Collective meant to help them learn job skills and find future employment while participating community renewal in many Chicago neighborhoods. One participant, Darius Fox, who was shot four times when he was 17 and spent several years in prison on a gun charge, said “I like working a job. Just to have a job, that feels good, that help you feel better as a man…I ain’t gotta look over my back, I ain’t gotta watch out for the police, I ain’t gotta worry about the police kicking in my door, nobody’s trying to rob me. It’s a blessing. I feel good. I feel like a man.” (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Brendan Taylor dances as his coworkers, clockwise from top left, David Johnson, Dimitri Chavez, Vincent Glover, Kyline Puritt and Antonio Barr laugh at him as they take a break from deconstructing a house Wednesday, Oct. 12, 2016, in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago. About 28 young men are participating in a pilot program launched by the Emerson Collective meant to help them learn job skills and find future employment while participating community renewal in many Chicago neighborhoods. One participant, Darius Fox, who was shot four times when he was 17 and spent several years in prison on a gun charge, said “I like working a job. Just to have a job, that feels good, that help you feel better as a man…I ain’t gotta look over my back, I ain’t gotta watch out for the police, I ain’t gotta worry about the police kicking in my door, nobody’s trying to rob me. It’s a blessing. I feel good. I feel like a man.” (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

The sunrise is reflected in the overflowing waters of Lake Michigan near Oak Street Beach Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Chicago.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The sunrise is reflected in the overflowing waters of Lake Michigan near Oak Street Beach Saturday, July 16, 2016, in Chicago.  (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

This year was full of fun times at the lake, long overnight shifts, lots of hockey, baseball and baseball-related mayhem, and a lot of other stories here and there. Please enjoy a selection of my photos from 2016.