Recaps have become so popular online, haven’t they? Spotify’s annual summary of a user’s most played songs and artists has inspired a social media phenomenon, where people not only share their annual summary, but businesses have taken to crafting similar recaps, but related to their business. Like an ice cream shop sharing a recap of their most popular flavores of the year.

So I wondered to myself earlier today, being New Year’s Eve, which stories engaged my most engaged readers in Tinley Park? Which stories about Tinley Park are the most likely to be remembered long after 2023?

Using my agency’s proprietary social listening software, I discovered that there were 20 stories that people could not stop sharing and talking about across the world wide web. And #20 I personally got to report on before any other local news outlet.

As a storyteller in a small town, I enjoy spotlighting stories happening outside of the more high interest Chicago area. And as a non-native, it has been so enjoyable to witness all the progress and developments across all the Chicago Southland suburbs. The Chicago Southside and neighboring Chicago Southland (or Southwest suburbs) are silently blossoming in ways that I think will make the North Shore jealous. And I’ll be right here, your faithful independent reporter.

Every year since I started this blog on May 13, 2017, the Chicago Southland stories have gotten more and more exciting. If I wasn’t writing about them, I’d just be keeping my family and friends in-the-know. The new businesses, the new buildings, the major renovations and restorations, the new cuisines, cultures, and influences making each suburb down here richer and more intriguing.

News outlets have historically paid more attention to what’s happening in the Loop and the Northern suburbs—nut that will change within the next decade, especially from what I’ve observed firsthand on all my family’s outings.

I hope you will enjoy revisiting these stories, especially discovering ones you may have missed.

If you’d like to show your appreciation for my reporting, feel free to buy me a coffee here.

Until next time, Happy New Year both dear and casual readers.

Top Tinley Park Stories in 2023

  1. Comer Children’s Hospital (University of Chicago) Events and Communications Manager LaVerne Bartee becomes living donor for her husband (April 27, 2023).
  2. GiGi’s Playhouse (in Tinley Park)’s Evan sang the national anthem before his school’s volleyball game (September 12, 2023).
  3. Hirsch Family Wins ABC 7’s Great Chicago Light Fight (December 15, 2023).
  4. Lauren Hunter of Tinley Park achieved an elite honor after four years of education and intense training at the Merchant Marine Academy (August 3, 2023).
  5. Tinley Park’s Dairy Palace celebrates 70th Year In Business (August 4, 2023).
  6. I-80 Oak Forest/Tinley Car Fire @ 7:00am, Just West of Interstate I-57 Interchange (March 30, 2023).
  7. Tinley ‘Super Dad’ Firefighter Delivers Own Daughter At Home Jeff Kushner (January 19, 2023).
  8. Tinley Park Durbin’s Owner Annoucned As New Owner of Historic Teehan’s in Downtown Tinley (September 6, 2023).
  9. Disturbed (band) honored with key to Tinley Park (August 31, 2023).
  10. Man Proposes at Shania Twain Concert Show, Lighting Up Crowd at Tinley Park Amphitheatre (July 6, 2023).
  11. Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa Come To Tinley Park For Summer Concert (July 21, 2023).
  12. Rubino’s Italian Imports Celebrates 29th Year In Business (Augst 27, 2023).
  13. Popus Gourmet Popcorn Owner’s Walter and Leanne Dean Celebrate 5 years In Business, and second location in Joliet (February 27, 2023).
  14. Lynyrd Skynyrd and Uncle Kracker Bring 5 Decades Of Hits To the Tinley Park Amphitheatre (August 28, 2203).
  15. Tinley Park Ribfest Announcement With Partnership With Event Wiz Inc. (June 9, 2023).
  16. Hundreds of Fans Missed Majority of the Highly Anticipated Janet Jackson Concert Show at Tinley Park Amphitheatre (due to traffic troubles) (May 30, 2023).
  17. A Tinley Park Woman’s Vanilla Visa gift card was Declined, Card Issuer Would Not Help Her, So She Turned To CBS 2 (July 14, 2023).
  18. $2 Million Scratch-Off Lottery Ticket Sold I Tinley Park (December 6, 2023).
  19. Communists (members of a group called the Revolutionary Communists) burned an American flag at Jason Aldean Concert Show At Tinley Park Amphitheatre (September 10, 2023).
  20. Banging Gavel Opening Day Announced For December 14th, 2023 (April 14, 2023).


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