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Posted:  |  Updated: 08/14/13 EDT

Chicago In 2013 vs. Chicago In 2008: What A Difference 5 Years Makes (PHOTOS)

Five years ago Wednesday, HuffPost Chicago, the first-ever local edition of The Huffington Post, was born.

Since then, a lot has changed -- and a lot more hasn’t. At a time when Chicago is often reduced by national media as solely a place where violence and corruption have gotten out of control, these headlines fail to tell the whole story about our complicated city.

Here’s some of the moments over those five years that surprised us, broke our hearts, gave us hope but, above all, reminded us why, through the good and the bad, we love our city.

Back on August 14, 2008..

This guy was mayor.

daley
(AP Photo/M. Spencer Green)

This guy wasn’t in prison.

blagojevich
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

This guy wasn't president.

barack obama
(AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

This guy was.

george w bush
(AP Photo/White House, Eric Draper)

Oprah was still on the air.

oprah
(AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Derrick Rose was just a rookie.

derrick rose
(AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

Speaking of rookies, this gal was 12.

tavi gevinson
(Photo by Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

And this guy was 4.


(YouTube)

This guy was a congressman.

rahm emanuel
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

This guy was in Congress too.

jesse jackson jr
(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

"The Interrupters" wasn't racking up awards yet.


(YouTube)

And "Chicago Fire" was just a soccer team, not a TV show staging plane crashes.


(YouTube)

For the record..

It was still the Sears Tower.

sears tower
(Photo by Getty)

And it was the tallest building in North America.

sears tower
(Photo by Getty)

But you couldn’t do this yet.

willis tower skydeck
(Tim Boyle/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Olympics? In Chicago? Sure!

chicago olympics
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, Pool)

Uh, nevermind.

chicago olympics reaction
(AP Photo/Morry Gash)

Nobody was watching the Blackhawks. (Not those pesky bandwagon fans, at least.)

blackhawks 2008
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

Time Out Chicago was in print.

time out chicago
(Photo by Guy F. Wicke via Flickr)

Chicago owned its parking meters.

parking meter fail
(Photo by Getty)

People still lived here.

cabrini green
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

And (more than) a few more neighborhood schools were open.

cps school
(AP Photo/Martha Irvine)

We lost some friends and family.

Roger.

roger ebert
(AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Don.

don cornelius
(Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Maggie.

maggie daley
(Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

Hadiya.

hadiya pendleton
(AP Photo/Courtesy of Damon Stewart, File)

Derrion.

derrion albert
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

Studs.

studs terkel
(Photo by Paul Natkin/WireImage)

Bernie.

bernie mac
(AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

Jonylah.

jonylah watkins
(Family photo via Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

These things weren't things yet.

Snowmaggedon?

lake shore drive snow
(AP Photo/Kiichiro Sato, File)

Next?

next restaurant
(Next Restaurant/Facebook)

Protected bike lanes?

chicago bike lane
(Chicago Department of Transportation/Facebook)

Food trucks legally preparing food on-board?

salsa truck
(The Salsa Truck/Facebook)

Rent you can't afford in Logan Square?

logan square
(Photo by missing you... via Flickr)

Neither were these things.

Girl and the Goat?

girl and the goat
(Girl and the Goat/Facebook)

The Modern Wing?

art institute modern wing
(Photo by View Pictures/UIG via Getty Images)

Big Star?

big star
(Big Star/Facebook)

A Maker Lab with 3-D printing at Harold Washington?

3d printing
(Chicago Public Library/Facebook)

Billy Corgan's tea shop?

madame zuzus
(Madame ZuZu's Teahouse/Facebook)

None of this had happened yet.

blackhawks parade 2010
(Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

blackhawks rally 2013
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

illinois civil union
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

chicago teacher strike
(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

nato summit chicago
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

obama grant park 2008
(AP Photo/Morry Gash, File)

barack obama chicago 2012
(Photo By Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

But, through it all, some things feel like they'll never change.

Still doing this once a year.

chicago river green
(AP Photo/Paul Beaty)

The Bean’s still there.

the bean
(Getty)

Still there too.

the berghoff
(Getty)

Still there.

hideout
(Hideout Chicago Facebook)

Still there.

old st pats
(Old St. Patrick's Church Facebook)

Our pizza’s still the best. (Boo to you, TripAdvisor.)

lou malnatis
(Lou Malnati's Facebook)

Our beaches? Still gorgeous.

chicago beach
(Getty)

Still no ketchup here.

chicago hot dog
(Getty)

The Bears still haven’t made it back to the Super Bowl.

chicago bears
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Still listening to this guy.

chicago river green
Tom Skilling/Facebook

Is there any hope?

wrigley field
(Getty)

And even when they do -- for better or worse -- we'll carry on.

ohare
(Photo by diongillard via Flickr)

chicago prayer
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

lollapalooza chicago 2010
(Photo by Tim Mosenfelder/Getty Images)

german market
(AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

chicago heat wave
(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

naked bike ride
(AP Photo/Scott Eisen)

dog walking
(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

chicago kissing
(Photo by Heather Charles/Chicago Tribune/MCT via Getty Images)

Because we're Chicagoans. And that's what we do in this city of big shoulders and deep dishes.

art institute lions
(Photo By Raymond Boyd/Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Home.
chicago
(Photo by Endlisnis via Flickr)

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