Stuart V. Goldberg Credit: Kevin Penczak

A look at the Reader‘s top stories of 2018 as determined by number of pageviews in each month of the year—an admittedly dubious method that nonetheless does resurface some really great reads. In some months there were virtual ties, which conveniently let me pad this out to the 18 most-read stories.


“The trials of Stuart V. Goldberg, Chicago’s flashiest defense attorney”

Maya Dukmasova‘s profile of the most interesting lawyer in Chicago


“Chicagoans to Wisconsin: Thanks but no thanks—we’ll take the train”

John Greenfield gets CTA commuters’ reactions to an ad campaign urging passengers to ditch the hassles of public transit and move to the Badger State.


“A Chicago cop’s daughter’s suicide sets family on mission”

Joe Ward on Carli Blanco, who shot herself to death at 14, highlighting the growing teen suicide risk


“There’s something ugly about I Feel Pretty

Leah Pickett‘s review of the Amy Schumer comedy

Also big in April was the announcement of the Millennium Park Summer Music Series 2018 lineup.


“Is it legal for Jehovah’s Witnesses to proselytize inside CTA stations?”

John Greenfield‘s look at the Christian denomination’s presence at transit stations


“Distinguished CPS principal resigns after threats, controversy over anti-police speaker”

Maya Dukmasova on Mary Beth Cunat’s abrupt resignation from Wildwood Elementary School, not “just the story of what’s gone on at the elite CPS elementary school over the last year, but a symptom of the culture war raging throughout the city and the country around racism and policing.”

Also very popular in June was Ryan Smith‘s reporting about Stormy Daniels walking out of the first of several appearances at the Admiral Theatre early—with an update on the porn star and club setting aside their differences so the remaining shows could go ahead.


“Triplets ripped from family in a Nazi-like experiment, probed in Three Identical Strangers

Long-time Reader film editor J.R. Jones on Tim Wardle’s documentary, which he writes “hits like a thunderbolt.”

Also very well read in July was the announcement of the 2018 lineup for the Silver Room Block Party.

Remnants of the former school have been incorporated into the lofts’ design.Credit: Matt Harvey


“CPS closed Stewart Elementary School in 2013. Now it’s a luxury apartment building.”

Then-Reader intern Matt Harvey on his first time back to his Uptown grade school alma mater since he graduated—for an open house for prospective tenants.

August also saw traffic really take off on a story we had published in June: “Meet Resurrection Mary, the ghost of Archer Avenue,” an excerpt from Edward McClelland’s book Folktales and Legends of the Middle West (Belt Publishing, 2018). It continued to rack up the pageviews through Halloween.


“FOIA’d e-mails reveal an ongoing citywide epidemic of Divvy thefts”

John Greenfield on the impact of a “short-sighted decision to remove a critical piece of security hardware from Chicago’s docking stations.”


“Warning, Democrats: a Rauner victory over Pritzker could turn Illinois into a red state”

Ben Joravsky on the necessity of choosing the lesser of two evils in the November gubernatorial election

“Fifty years ago, 35,000 Chicago students walked out of their classrooms in protest. They changed CPS forever.”

Annie Howard on history and the present


“Chicago gets its first vinyl-pressing plant in decades”

Leor Galil took a look inside the new “Smashed Plastic, whose brand-new technology could bring relief to labels and artists stymied by long waits for records.”


“Twenty new(ish) Chicago restaurants that prove the party ain’t over”

As Mike Sula looked at the list of his favorite new places to eat from 2018, he realized that almost everything on it could serve as an exception to another critic’s recent takedown of the Chicago dining scene.

Also making a strong showing in December (but posted at the end of November) was Kevin Warwick‘s “How Logan Arcade got its Misfits-playing robot dogs,” a look at the Biscuits, “Logan Arcade’s very own Misfits cover act, comprising four animatronic dogs named Glenn Dogzig, Jerry Bonely, Doyle Von Frankenbone, and . . . Robo.”  v