Incidents of police killing unarmed black men hit home nationwide this year--including Chicago, with its fraught history between police and some communities. In response to high-profile killings in Missouri and New York, activists here have been protesting against police violence for months. That's why, even though the inciting events happened elsewhere, RedEye has chosen the Chicago protests as our top story of 2014. Sparked by social media with hashtags such as #handsupdontshoot and #blacklivesmatter, the protesters have gathered all over the city, crossed state lines and shut down Lake Shore Drive--twice!--to get their message across in the past few months. But there's been no shortage of fascinating stories in Chicago this year, from the kickoff of the mayoral race to the shuttering of Hot Doug's. Here are our 11 most interesting local stories of 2014. Want more? Discuss this article and others on RedEye's Facebook page.
By Megan Crepeau, @crepeau
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