2021 Rewind: Top Stories of the Year Based on Readers from TheRecordNorthShore.org

2021 Rewind: Top Stories of the Year Based on Readers from TheRecordNorthShore.org

Apologies in advance if you look at this list and think, “That was is year?”

The difficulties of 2020 carried over to 2021, making the 365-day journey seem longer than usual.

The trajectory of the COVID-19 pandemic changed as regularly and abruptly as Chicago’s weather, but in the end, it was a year that was enduring. As you look back on the year that was, positive and uplifting stories appear in abundance amid the challenges of 2021.

Here are the 12 most read stories of 2021 on TheRecordNorthShore.org, as well as the top stories by month:

1. Wilmette Police Back Arrest of Chicago Sportswriter After Charges Dropped (Sept. 16)

A DUI arrest drew interest in the fall after charges were dropped against a Chicago media personality, who publicly voiced his complaints with the arrest. For this piece, The Record reviewed police reports and dash cam footage and spoke with the parties involved.

2. Winnetka, 17, charged with sexual assault (November 8)

While much remains to be discovered in this news report, a teenage girl was arrested and charged by local authorities in October on multiple counts of rape. Stay tuned to The Record in 2022 for updates on this one.

3. One killed in a three-car accident in Winnetka (December 13)

A tragic car accident on Willow Road claimed the life of a western suburban woman.

4. A Cinderella story? Murray Bros. May Bring Caddyshack Restaurant to Old Bakers Square Site in Wilmette (May 25)

Readers started with this story, building excitement around a new restaurant coming to town based on the classic golf comedy “Caddyshack” and the famous Murray brothers, who hail from Wilmette.

5. ‘Shot in the dark’ emerges for Loyola Academy tight end James Kyle (Sept. 27)

A profile of American football player James Kyle was released in September. Kyle was one of the best recruits in the state before a medical condition sidelined him in his junior year. But he became a man with a plan to return to the field.

6. Owners of Wilmette’s Sofia Steak Plan French Bistro for Downtown Winnetka (February 2)

Restaurant news wowed local readers throughout 2022. The Record broke the news earlier in the Pomeroy year. The restaurant is now open and is a popular option in downtown Winnetka.

7. ‘After 100 Years, The Time Is Right’: New Trier Board Approves Plan To Replace Gates Gym With Versatile Three-Story Facility (Feb 16)

As part of a series of stories by Martin Carlino in 2020 and 2021, this article reports on the high school’s official decision to raze the historic Gates Gymnasium.

8. Police reports: the Kenilworth family finds a stranger in their home and strokes their dog; The CTA employee spat; and more (August 8)

An unexpected entry on the most read list, this short but bizarre police report caught the attention of readers.

9. Right on Q: Pit & Tap’s Texas-Style BBQ Opens in Downtown Wilmette (July 9)

In more restaurant news, the long-awaited grill finally opened in July serving smoked meats from its massive grill.

10. Wilmette’s Teen Driver Faces Charges for Fleeing the Scene After Killing a Pedestrian (Aug 13)

Almost a month after a fatal car accident in Lincolnwood, an 18-year-old Wilmette high school student was taken into police custody. This report contains many details about the investigation, the crime and its unusual aftermath.

11. Wilmette teen electrocuted by CTA train tracks in Evanston (June 10)

Samatha Cerrone, 16, was killed in June when she reportedly tripped and fell on the third railing. Combined with a Sam tribute follow-up article, this story would have been the third most read story of the year.

12. New restaurants to take over Lincoln and Elm after Little Ricky’s, Cafe Aroma settle eviction lawsuits (March 1)

And even more restaurant news. Restaurant rotation in downtown Winnetka was more complicated than it seemed, as two longtime restaurants faced eviction for poorly paid rent during the pandemic.


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Gigi Eisen and her friends celebrate her 104th birthday in January at Glencoe.

JANUARY

1. At 104 years old, Nioma ‘Gigi’ Eisen celebrates a novelty: a birthday party inside an igloo during a pandemic.

2. Officials Recommend Representations and Cost of New Trier Sports Facility Reform of $ 75 Million

3. Freeze Frame: ‘Glencoe’s Treasure’ will appear on ‘The Today Show’

FEBRUARY

one. ‘After 100 Years, The Time Is Right’: New Trier Board Approves Plan To Replace Gates Gym With Versatile Three-Story Facility

2. Officials Link Dozens of New Trier COVID Cases to ‘Big Gatherings’, Don’t Rule Out Spread on Campus

3. The viral news segment ‘Chicagoese’ is the latest achievement of Loyola Academy’s own Mike Lowe

New Trier Green players celebrate their 1-0 overtime state championship victory over Glenbrook North on March 22 at a track in Wisconsin.

MARCH

1. Ilan Gibori, director of Glencoe tutoring center, charged with sexually assaulting a minor

2. Photo Gallery: New Trier Green hockey wins state title in overtime thriller against Glenbrook North

3. 5 out of 6 new Trier School Board candidates answer questions from The Record (audio)

APRIL

1. Election Night: Plunkett ‘excited to move on’ as village president; Voters oust incumbents at Village, Park and Library races

2. Huge Mesquite, Texas Steakhouse Finds a New Home in Downtown Wilmette

3. 18 years after she helped deliver him into a Wilmette Starbucks bathroom, Griffin Baron meets Jonathan Celner

MAY

1. ComEd Wilmette Fire Causes ‘Widespread’ Power Outages to About 5,000

2. A Cinderella story? Murray Bros. may bring Caddyshack restaurant to Old Bakers Square site in Wilmette

3. Wilmette officials condemn residents’ “anti-Semitic” storefronts. But he says he is protesting anti-Semitism.

Wilmette’s Samantha Cerrone was mourned by friends, family, and the community in June.

JUNE

1. Wilmette teen electrocuted by CTA train tracks in Evanston

2. The community mourns the death of 16-year-old Samantha Cerrone

3. ‘Assault on Capitol Building’: Social Media Posts Aid in Arrest of Kenilworth Resident for Alleged Involvement in the Jan.6 Riots

JULY

1. Right on Q: Pit & Tap’s Texas-style BBQ Opens the Door in Downtown Wilmette

2. Police arrest man for soliciting two minors in Wilmette on June 22

3. The Wilmette Theater Board Imploses Amid Vital Renovations

AUGUST

1. Police reports: the Kenilworth family finds a stranger in their home and strokes their dog; The CTA employee spat; and more

2. Wilmette’s teen driver faces charges for fleeing the scene after killing a pedestrian

3. Loyola Academy updates mask policy to align with state mandate; Trier’s new board calls a special meeting for August 11

Loyola Academy senior James Kyle helps out on the bench, hoping for another chance to do it again.

SEPTEMBER

1. Wilmette PD backs arrest of Chicago sportswriter after charges are dropped

2. ‘Shot in the dark’ emerges for Loyola Academy tight end James Kyle

3. New Trier’s Cremascoli does it by air and on the ground by dominating the victory over Stevenson.

OCTOBER

1. At Tribute: Ned Smith Leaves A Lasting Legacy At Wilmette And Beyond

2. Murray Bros. Caddyshack Aiming for Opening in Early 2022 for New Wilmette Location

3. ‘They played better than us in almost every aspect of the game’: Maine South ends New Trier’s season in the first game of the playoffs.

NOVEMBER

1. Winnetka, 17, accused of sexual assault

2. Lockport eliminates Loyola in the semifinals. Ramblers’ streak ends with 18 wins.

3. Students lobby New Trier for more action and resources to combat sexual violence

The interior of the “Home Alone” home was recreated for a special Airbnb and Disney + vacation promotion.

DECEMBER

1. One killed in a three-car accident in Winnetka

2. Winnetka’s ‘Home Alone’ is available for four lucky guests for one night only

3. Rise in COVID Leads New Trier High School to Suspend Intramurals, Requires Post-Break Testing


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