Around this time every year, RedEye traditionally selects its pop person of the year. In the past, we've chosen people like Derrick Rose, the Obamas, Melissa McCarthy--even the paparazzi. For 2013, we decided it was time for something different.
This year, we're focusing on Chicagoans who had an effect on pop culture, both locally and nationally. Some of them are names you know--"Drinking Buddies" writer/director Joe Swanberg, "Gone Girl" author Gillian Flynn--while others are people whose work you know, but whose faces might be a mystery. This year, they've been creative, driven, focused, excited, zany and, let's face it, probably a little drunk. They are Chicago 2013.
We've also got some fun multiplatform features in store for you. Here's what you can find on RedEye for iPad.
>> Follow Joe Swanberg's trail through Andersonville and North Center on an interactive map
>> See exclusive photos not featured in print
>> Win an inflatable monkey?
>> And more!
Thanks for joining us, and we hope you've had a zesty 2013. Dana Moran
RedEye features editor