If there’s one thing Donald Trump is not, it’s a good sport. That’s why when famous Chicago hot dog stand the Wiener’s Circle decided to welcome the then-Republican presidential nominee to the city with his very own special menu item, it had all of Chicagoland cracking up over the size of his presidential appendage (he guarantees there’s no problem). A 3-inch hot dog called the “Trump footlong” was on the menu March 11-13, coinciding with a planned Trump presidential campaign rally at the University of Illinois at Chicago on March 11. Wiener’s Circle employees also wore hats with the slogan "Make Wiener's great again," showing just how much Chicago admires our new president.
Taken as a whole, 2016 has been the worst. In the last 12 months we’ve lost Prince, David Bowie, George Michael, Carrie Fisher and countless other celebrity icons. But, the year wasn’t all bad. The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and Harriet Tubman booted Andrew Jackson from the $20 bill.
There have also been plenty of weird news stories to help you through the many ups and downs of this past year. Mysterious black ooze didn’t return to Union Station, but Rod Blagojevich started a band in prison and more than a couple people were hit by cars chasing after Pokémon. Determined to top the weirdest news of 2015, we dug into the Time Out Chicago archives and compiled a list of the 10 strangest stories we covered this year.
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