Best of 2018

Junior Audrey Wright and others from North Lawndale College Prep High School stand in silence during a walkout in support of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and other victims of gun violence Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Junior Audrey Wright and others from North Lawndale College Prep High School stand in silence during a walkout in support of the victims of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting and other victims of gun violence Wednesday, March 14, 2018, in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Rinaya Buick, 9, meditates during yoga class at the Yoga Gardens space Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Indigo Monae, who leads many of the yoga classes, often speaks of the importance of a "sense of self," something she teaches through meditation. "It's very meaningful, because if you don't have a sense of self, like, how are you going to love yourself? You know, if you don't know who are you, how do you know how to love yourself?" she said. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Rinaya Buick, 9, meditates during yoga class at the Yoga Gardens space Wednesday, June 27, 2018, in the Lawndale neighborhood of Chicago. Indigo Monae, who leads many of the yoga classes, often speaks of the importance of a "sense of self," something she teaches through meditation. "It's very meaningful, because if you don't have a sense of self, like, how are you going to love yourself? You know, if you don't know who are you, how do you know how to love yourself?" she said. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Ihor Hulovatyy towels off after a chilly dip in Lake Michigan as the sun rises near Oak Street Beach Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Chicago. Hulovatyy said he uses the water to "wake up" each morning, except if the waves are too high or there is snow and ice. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Ihor Hulovatyy towels off after a chilly dip in Lake Michigan as the sun rises near Oak Street Beach Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, in Chicago. Hulovatyy said he uses the water to "wake up" each morning, except if the waves are too high or there is snow and ice. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A boat moves through the water as the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A boat moves through the water as the Chicago River is dyed green for St. Patrick's Day Saturday, March 17, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Buritt Bulloch cuts donuts out of dough Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Old Fashioned Donuts in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Buritt Bulloch cuts donuts out of dough Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at Old Fashioned Donuts in the Roseland neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Former President Barack Obama speaks to Obama Foundation Fellows gathered at Stony Island Arts Bank Wednesday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Former President Barack Obama speaks to Obama Foundation Fellows gathered at Stony Island Arts Bank Wednesday, May 17, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Ronnita Miller appears as the earth-goddess Erda during a dress rehearsal of act three of Richard Wagner's opera "Siegfried," part of the Ring Cycle, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago at Civic Opera House. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Ronnita Miller appears as the earth-goddess Erda during a dress rehearsal of act three of Richard Wagner's opera "Siegfried," part of the Ring Cycle, Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2018, at the Lyric Opera of Chicago at Civic Opera House. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

17-year-old Maryori Urbina-Contreras is wrapped in an American flag as she stands with friends and family after being granted asylum by a judge at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Chicago. Maryori is one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. Fleeing gang violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone over 1,500 miles for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother Tania Contreras, who has been in the United States since 2001. In 2015, an immigration court judge postponed a final hearing for Maryori until today, when a Chicago Immigration Court judge granted her asylum. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

17-year-old Maryori Urbina-Contreras is wrapped in an American flag as she stands with friends and family after being granted asylum by a judge at Chicago Immigration Court Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2018, in Chicago. Maryori is one of 68,000 unaccompanied children who flooded across the southwest border of the United States, causing a humanitarian crisis in 2014. Fleeing gang violence in her home country of Honduras, Maryori travelled alone over 1,500 miles for several weeks in 2014 before reuniting with her mother Tania Contreras, who has been in the United States since 2001. In 2015, an immigration court judge postponed a final hearing for Maryori until today, when a Chicago Immigration Court judge granted her asylum. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia (28) gets hit by the ball while attempting a bunt during the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox versus Tampa Bay Rays game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The White Sox won the game 2-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago White Sox center fielder Leury Garcia (28) gets hit by the ball while attempting a bunt during the seventh inning of the Chicago White Sox versus Tampa Bay Rays game Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago. The White Sox won the game 2-1. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A jersey and rosary cover the casket of Stan Mikita during a public visitation for the Chicago Blackhawks legend, who died August 7 at the age of 78, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in the atrium of the United Center in Chicago. Mikita played 21 seasons for the Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup in 1961 and, individually, the Hart, Art Ross and Lady Byng trophies numerous years. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A jersey and rosary cover the casket of Stan Mikita during a public visitation for the Chicago Blackhawks legend, who died August 7 at the age of 78, Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, in the atrium of the United Center in Chicago. Mikita played 21 seasons for the Blackhawks, winning the Stanley Cup in 1961 and, individually, the Hart, Art Ross and Lady Byng trophies numerous years. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) high-fives fans after the Chicago Bears 48-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Bears linebacker Khalil Mack (52) high-fives fans after the Chicago Bears 48-10 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers game Sunday, Sept. 30, 2018, at Soldier Field in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg (31) makes a save against Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Chicago Blackhawks goaltender Anton Forsberg (31) makes a save against Minnesota Wild center Joel Eriksson Ek (14) during the second period of the Chicago Blackhawks versus Minnesota Wild Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018, at the United Center in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Florida Panthers' Vincent Trocheck poses for photos and video during the NHL Player Media Tour Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the MB Ice Arena in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Florida Panthers' Vincent Trocheck poses for photos and video during the NHL Player Media Tour Thursday, Sept. 6, 2018, at the MB Ice Arena in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A woman hugs a wooden cross at the scene of a fire that killed at least 8 people, including 6 children, in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

A woman hugs a wooden cross at the scene of a fire that killed at least 8 people, including 6 children, in the 2200 block of South Sacramento Avenue Sunday, Aug. 26, 2018, in the Little Village neighborhood of Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

People walk through the parking lot as they evacuate Mercy Hospital & Medical Center during an active shooter attack that left four people dead, including Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. The shooter, Juan Lopez, 32, confronted emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal, apparently over a “broken engagement,” killing her, 24-year-old first-year pharmacy resident Dayna Less, and Officer Jimenez, who responded to the shooting. Lopez was found inside dead the hospital, apparently suffering a wound to the head, but it was unclear how he was shot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

People walk through the parking lot as they evacuate Mercy Hospital & Medical Center during an active shooter attack that left four people dead, including Chicago police Officer Samuel Jimenez, Monday, Nov. 19, 2018, in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago. The shooter, Juan Lopez, 32, confronted emergency room doctor Tamara O’Neal, apparently over a “broken engagement,” killing her, 24-year-old first-year pharmacy resident Dayna Less, and Officer Jimenez, who responded to the shooting. Lopez was found inside dead the hospital, apparently suffering a wound to the head, but it was unclear how he was shot. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis poses for a portrait at their home Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Chicago. Pagonis is calling for Lurie Children's Hospital to end the practice of controversial surgeries done on babies born with genitals that are part male and part female which they say are nonconsensual, unnecessary and sexually damaging. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Intersex activist Pidgeon Pagonis poses for a portrait at their home Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in Chicago. Pagonis is calling for Lurie Children's Hospital to end the practice of controversial surgeries done on babies born with genitals that are part male and part female which they say are nonconsensual, unnecessary and sexually damaging. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Friends and family comfort each other after the funeral for 26-year-old Jemel Roberson Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at House of Hope Church in Chicago. Roberson, an armed security guard at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, was trying to subdue a suspect in a bar shooting early November 11 when he was shot and killed by a Midlothian police officer who responded to the call. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Friends and family comfort each other after the funeral for 26-year-old Jemel Roberson Saturday, Nov. 24, 2018, at House of Hope Church in Chicago. Roberson, an armed security guard at Manny’s Blue Room Lounge in Robbins, was trying to subdue a suspect in a bar shooting early November 11 when he was shot and killed by a Midlothian police officer who responded to the call. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Yasmin Pena trims excess leaves from marijuana plants at Cresco Labs medical marijuana cultivation facility Wednesday, August 8, 2018, in Joliet, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Yasmin Pena trims excess leaves from marijuana plants at Cresco Labs medical marijuana cultivation facility Wednesday, August 8, 2018, in Joliet, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Nancy Toledo, 23, dances atop a trash can during London on da Track's set at Lollapalooza Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Grant Park in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Nancy Toledo, 23, dances atop a trash can during London on da Track's set at Lollapalooza Thursday, August 2, 2018, at Grant Park in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Poofy the 17-year-old cat hangs out with owner Sara Tait at Montrose Beach on a warm Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Poofy the 17-year-old cat hangs out with owner Sara Tait at Montrose Beach on a warm Thursday, Sept. 20, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Spectators watch as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Spectators watch as the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds perform during the Chicago Air and Water Show at North Avenue Beach Sunday, Aug. 19, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Melanie Perry looks at her phone as she undergoes her tri-weekly dialysis treatment, removing toxins from her blood, at DaVita Woodlawn Dialysis clinic Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Chicago. As a child, Perry developed Lupus, resulting in damage to her kidneys. After doctors recently said her eligibility for a transplant is running out due to complicated health issues, Perry created a Facebook post asking people to contact her transplant team if they are able and willing to donate a kidney, otherwise she may be on dialysis for the rest of her life. Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Melanie Perry looks at her phone as she undergoes her tri-weekly dialysis treatment, removing toxins from her blood, at DaVita Woodlawn Dialysis clinic Thursday, April 5, 2018, in Chicago. As a child, Perry developed Lupus, resulting in damage to her kidneys. After doctors recently said her eligibility for a transplant is running out due to complicated health issues, Perry created a Facebook post asking people to contact her transplant team if they are able and willing to donate a kidney, otherwise she may be on dialysis for the rest of her life. Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus performs at Thalia Hall on March 3, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

Tune-Yards' Merrill Garbus performs at Thalia Hall on March 3, 2018, in Chicago. (Erin Hooley / Chicago Tribune)

16-year-old Mariana Portillo Flores lays in the lap of her mother Maritza Flores at Dunbar Park Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Chicago. The Flores family left their home country of El Salvador years ago due to gang violence, living in Guatemala for awhile before ending up in Mexico. They crossed the border into the United States as part of a caravan of hundreds of people, organized by Pueblo Sin Frontreras, where they surrendered and sought asylum. Pueblo Sin Frontreras worked with Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of activists, to find sponsor families, like the DeMay-Gres family in Chicago, to house those in the caravan who did not have relatives in the United States. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

16-year-old Mariana Portillo Flores lays in the lap of her mother Maritza Flores at Dunbar Park Wednesday, May 23, 2018, in Chicago. The Flores family left their home country of El Salvador years ago due to gang violence, living in Guatemala for awhile before ending up in Mexico. They crossed the border into the United States as part of a caravan of hundreds of people, organized by Pueblo Sin Frontreras, where they surrendered and sought asylum. Pueblo Sin Frontreras worked with Showing Up for Racial Justice, a national network of activists, to find sponsor families, like the DeMay-Gres family in Chicago, to house those in the caravan who did not have relatives in the United States. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Cordelia Dewdney poses for a portrait at her home Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood of Chicago. Dewdney, of Lookingglass Theatre Company, is one of the Chicago Tribune's Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater 2018. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Cordelia Dewdney poses for a portrait at her home Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, in the Edgewater Beach neighborhood of Chicago. Dewdney, of Lookingglass Theatre Company, is one of the Chicago Tribune's Hot New Faces of Chicago Theater 2018. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Playwright Loy A. Webb sits for a portrait at the Den Theatre Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Chicago. She wrote "The Light," currently playing at the Den Theatre through February 25. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Playwright Loy A. Webb sits for a portrait at the Den Theatre Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2018, in Chicago. She wrote "The Light," currently playing at the Den Theatre through February 25. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kish and Mike Carothers pick out a Christmas tree at Ivy's Christmas Trees Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago. Ivy's, in its 29th year of business, sells only North Carolina Fraser Firs. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Kish and Mike Carothers pick out a Christmas tree at Ivy's Christmas Trees Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in the Lake View neighborhood of Chicago. Ivy's, in its 29th year of business, sells only North Carolina Fraser Firs. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to supporters after he conceded his re-election bid to billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker on election night Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Drake hotel in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Republican Gov. Bruce Rauner speaks to supporters after he conceded his re-election bid to billionaire Democrat J.B. Pritzker on election night Tuesday, Nov. 6, 2018, at the Drake hotel in Chicago. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Workers measure and photo signed petitions from mayoral candidate Bill Daley to file for candidacy Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at the Chicago Board of Elections. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Workers measure and photo signed petitions from mayoral candidate Bill Daley to file for candidacy Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at the Chicago Board of Elections. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Walter Reed holds his dog Barbie during a pet blessing service at All Saints Episcopal Church Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. Services were held as part of the celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is often recognized as the patron saint of animals. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Walter Reed holds his dog Barbie during a pet blessing service at All Saints Episcopal Church Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018, in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago. Services were held as part of the celebration of the feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, who is often recognized as the patron saint of animals. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune)

Another crazy year in Chicago for me, covering the highs and lows. The highlight of 2018 was the story I did on the Yoga Gardens space in Lawndale, a place of refuge in a violent city neighborhood, a nice break from the usual overnight violence summer coverage.

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