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  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The No Pants Subway Ride | January 8, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The No Pants Subway Ride | January 8, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    UFC Evans vs. Davis at United Center | January 28, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The 2012 IKC Dog Show | Feb 24-26, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The 2012 IKC Dog Show | Feb 24-26, 2012

  • Ryan Bourque

    Chicago's South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade | March 11, 2012

  • Ryan Bourque

    Chicago's South Side St. Patrick's Day Parade | March 11, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Baconfest | April 14, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Baconfest | April 14, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Baconfest | April 14, 2012

  • Photograph: Chandler West

    Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo 2012 at McCormick Place | April 13-15, 2012

  • Photograph: Chandler West

    Chicago Comic and Entertainment Expo 2012 at McCormick Place | April 13-15, 2012

  • Photograph: Hannah Fehrman

    5th Annual Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl | April 28, 2012

  • Photograph: Hannah Fehrman

    5th Annual Chicago Zombie Pub Crawl | April 28, 2012

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    NATO Summit protests | May 20-21, 2012

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    NATO Summit protests | May 20-21, 2012

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    NATO summit protests | May 20-21, 2012

  • Photograph: Ellie Pritts

    International Mr. Leather | May 24-27, 2012

  • Photograph: Stacie Scott

    Chicago Blues Festival | June 9, 2012

  • Photograph: Stacie Scott

    Chicago Blues Festival | June 9, 2012

  • Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

    Naked Bike Ride 2012 | June 9, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Radiohead + Caribou | First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre | June 10, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Spring Awakening Music Festival | June 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Spring Awakening Music Festival | June 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Spring Awakening Music Festival | June 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Spring Awakening Music Festival | June 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The 43rd Annual Pride Parade | June 24, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The 43rd Annual Pride Parade | June 24, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The 43rd Annual Pride Parade | June 24, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    The 43rd Annual Pride Parade | June 24, 2012

  • Photograph: Stacie Scott

    Air Guitar Championships at The Metro | June 29, 2012

  • Photograph: Stacie Scott

    Air Guitar Championships at The Metro | June 29, 2012

  • Photograph: Ellie Pritts

    Taste of Chicago |Death Cab for Cutie |July 12, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Pitchfork Music Festival | Beach House | July 15, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    PItchfork Music Festival | Feist | July 13, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Pitchfork Music Festival | Wild Flag | July 14, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 13, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 13, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 13, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 15, 2012

  • Photograph: Kirstie Shanley

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 15, 2012

  • Photograph: Kirstie Shanley

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 15, 2012

  • Photograph: Kirstie Shanley

    Pitchfork Music Festival | July 14, 2012

  • Photograph: Ryan Borque

    Lollapalooza | August 3, 2012

  • Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

    Lollapalooza |Florence and The Machine |August 5, 2012

  • Photograph: Max Herman

    Lollapalooza |Santigold |August 4, 2012

  • Photograph: Stacie Scott

    Glamorama at Harris Theater | August 10, 2012

  • Photograph: Stacie Scott

    Glamorama at Harris Theater | August 10, 2012

  • Photograph: Dijana Kadic

    Bud Billiken Parade | August 11, 2012

  • Photograph: Dijana Kadic

    Bud Billiken Parade | August 11, 2012

  • Photograph: Jamie Kraus

    Chicago Air and Water Show | August 19, 2012

  • Photograph: Jamie Kraus

    Chicago Air and Water Show | August 19, 2012

  • Photograph: Jamie Kraus

    Chicago Air and Water Show | August 19, 2012

  • Photograph: Jeremy Witteveen

    Midewest Pole Dance Competition | Tinley Park Convention Center | August 24, 2012

  • Photograph: Kirstie Shanley

    Riot Fest | September 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Kirstie Shanley

    Riot Fest | September 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Ashlee Rezin

    Riot Fest | Iggy & The Stooges |September 16, 2012

  • Photograph: Bobby Talamine

    Prince | United Center | September 24, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Peter Gabriel | United Center | September 27, 2012

  • Photograph: Jason Little

    Chicago Gourmet | Millennium Park | September 29, 2012

  • Photograph: Jason Little

    Chicago Gourmet | Millennium Park | September 30, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Chicago Marathon | Pilsen | October 7, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Chicago Marathon | Pilsen | October 7, 2012

  • Photograph: Erica Gannett

    Chicago Marathon | Pilsen | October 7, 2012

  • Photograph: Jessica Zerby

    Chicago Marathon | Chinatown | October 7, 2012

  • Photograph: Jessica Zerby

    Chicago Marathon | Chinatown | October 7, 2012

Photograph: Max Herman

The No Pants Subway Ride | January 8, 2012

As another year winds down and so many of us here at Time Out Chicago enjoy our (hard-earned!) holiday break, we, like so many, look back on where the past year has taken us, Googling quotes about time passing in hopes of inspiring profound reflection. But a quote is nothing in place of a picture, and with that in mind, we present a look back at 2012 as seen through our favorite online photos of the year.


Our 2012 year-in-review features plenty of shots from the established traditions that are synonymous with "Chicago"—events like Lolla, Pride, St. Patty's—but also some of the lesser-known, but no less "Chicago," happenings, like Baconfest. Actually, Baconfest might have been the most "Chicago" thing to happen all year. And of course, what would a look back on 2012 be without a return to every Chicagoan's favorite event—the NATO protests?


So before you flip the calendar, check the slideshow and look back on the year that was—and all the weird and awesome moments that make this city so thrilling, so often. Scan the crowds in these photos to see if you're a part of the memories, and if not,  remember what Google tells us about native son Carl Sandburg: "Time is the coin in your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it is spent." And maybe we'll see you in the photos next year.



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