Decade in Review: End of the ‘10s

A look back at the politics, sports and entertainment news that shaped the 2010s.

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It was the party of the decade. No, the century.
Hollywood is transformed by streaming, demands for diversity, the #MeToo movement and more.
What the 2010s looked like for Chicago’s sports teams.
Think Illinois saw a historic series of convictions in the 2010s? Get ready, the next round of federal housecleaning appears to be coming.
Chicago hockey fans spent the last 10 years on edge.
Your team either won big or lost in the most frustrating way possible.
Khalil Mack had a great decade; Starlin Castro did not.
Chicago’s sports teams swung some of the decade’s biggest deals. Here’s a list of the top 10.
For women in Hollywood, one statistic remains particularly shocking: In the entire history of the Oscars, only one woman has won the best-director Oscar. It happened at the dawn of this decade with Kathryn Bigelow’s 2010 trophy for “The Hurt Locker.”
From ingenious new works to profound revivals of classics, theatergoers were presented with thousands of works over the course of the decade.
Much has happened during this transformative decade in the classical scene from the establishment of a feisty baroque opera company and contemporary music festival to the opening of three major academic facilities.
From pop culture legend exhibitions to icons of the art world retrospectives, the past decade in Chicago’s visual arts/museum scene was one of the most eclectic.
“More definitive moments came before — the grunge-y ‘90s, the Paris Hilton-drenched early aughts. But the truth is there were some majorly iconic sartorial instances that changed us forever during this time,” says one expert.
At the beginning of this decade, Beyoncé was already the greatest singer of her generation. “Lemonade” still tastes as good as it did when it was released in 2016.