A tour through Chicago's crazy news stories in 2013 is once again proof that reality is often stranger than any fiction Hollywood could concoct. This was the year that began with the ruling that a lottery winner was fatally poisoned with cyanide the day after collecting a $1 million jackpot; a year during which former Chicago Bull Dennis Rodman somehow became the most productive U.S. envoy to North Korea; and Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan became a furniture salesman. The flesh-eating drug Krokodil made its way to the 'burbs; the creator of Beanie Babies wept in a Chicago courtroom after pleading guilty to tax evasion; Scabby, the inflatable rat used at union protests, was stabbed with a box cutter and run over by a car; and Chicago's most notorious parking-ticket scofflaw settled her $105,000 tab with the city. You can't make up this shit.
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