Chicago People

20 Celebrities Who Call Chicago Home

Chicago has its fair share of celebs who call the city, “home.” Whether born and raised, or a resident for a point in time, these famous celebrities have true ties to Chicago. We all know Oprah and Kanye, but not about these surprising Chicagoans. Scroll below for 20 familiar faces, plus a bit about their history in the Windy City.

 

Here are 20 celebrities with ties to Chicago:

 

Kanye West: The rapper grew up in Chicago and recently received an honorary doctorate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Cindy Crawford: The DeKalb native has said her Midwestern roots helped keep her grounded through her three-decade modeling career.

Michelle Obama: Former first lady was born in Chicago, where she would eventually meet Barack Obama while working in law.

Vince Vaughn: The actor grew up in Buffalo Grove and Lake Forest, graduating from Lake Forest High School in 1988.

 

Bill Murray: The comedian was born in Evanston and raised in Wilmette, while still keeping ties to Chicago present day.

Karlie Kloss: Supermodel Kloss was born in Chicago, where she began her career at age 14 with Elite Chicago (now Factor Women).

Hillary Clinton: The politician hails from Park Ridge, where she attended Maine South High and her childhood home now marks ‘Rodham Corner.’

John C. Reilly: The actor/comedian was born in Chicago and is an alumnus of DePaul University.

 

Chance the Rapper: Chancelor Jonathan Bennett, known ‘Chance the Rapper,’ is from the West Chatham neighborhood of Chicago.

Anna Chlumsky: The actress from ‘My Girl’ and ‘Veep’ was born here, graduating from University of Chicago with a BA in International Studies.

Oprah: Oprah reigned as Queen of Chicago for many years, broadcasting her show from Harpo Studios in the West Loop.

John Cusack: The actor was born at St. Joseph Hospital in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood and grew up in Evanston.

 

Fred Savage: Known from the TV hit, ‘Wonder Years,’ Savage was born in Chicago and grew up in Glencoe before moving to California.

Mr. T: Born in Chicago, Mr. T attended Dunbar Vocational High School  where he played football, wrestled, and studied martial arts.

Jenny McCarthy: The actress and TV personality is from Evergreen Park, located in southwest suburban Chicago.

Robin Williams: The late comedian and actor was born at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chicago, spending his early childhood in Lake Forest.

 

Jeremy Piven: The actor has roots in Evanston – graduating Evanston Township in 1983 – and through his family’s Piven Theatre Workshop.

Harrison Ford: Ford was born in the Ravenswood neighborhood of Chicago and graduated from Maine East High School in Park Ridge.

Jennifer Hudson: The singer was born in Chicago, growing up in Englewood and attending Dunbar Vocational High School.

Ernest Hemingway: The American novelist was born in 1899 in Oak Park, where he went on to Oak Park and River Forest High School.

 

 

Did any of these famous Chicagoans surprise you?

 

 

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Bars, Restaurants

9 Coziest Places to Eat & Drink in Chicago

Winter weather is here… and for Chicagoans, that means braving the cold — while still enjoying what our city has to offer. Worry not, the chilly temperatures and snowfall don’t dampen the spirits of Chicagoans. There are plenty of places to cozy up, with a cocktail of choice or hearty meal. Our team at Preview Chicago compiled a list of our favorite spots that always feel welcoming, warm, and full of ambiance.

 

Bookmark this list of Chicago’s coziest bars and restaurants…

 

Gilt Bar

230 W. Kinzie Street  •  Gilt Bar

 

Bavette’s

218 W. Kinzie Street  •  Bavette’s

 

Maude’s

840 W. Randolph Street  •  Maude’s Liquor Bar

 

RL Restaurant

115 E. Chicago Avenue  •   RL Restaurant

 

RM Champagne

116 N. Green Street  •  RM Champagne

 

BLVD

817 W. Lake Street  •  BLVD

 

Celeste

111 W. Hubbard Street  •  Celeste

 

Drawing Room

12 S. Michigan Avenue  •  The Drawing Room

 

The Library

1301 N. State Pkwy  •  The Library

 

Tell us your favorite cozy winter spot in Chicago!

 

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Cool Property, Décor

Fabulous Farmhouse Style for Sale

Farmhouse style lovers: take note. This suburban home has it all… a white country kitchen, classic cedar shake and gable exterior, wraparound front porch, plus an outdoor stone fireplace.

Located to Chicago’s west side in Downers Grove, the 5 bedroom home is currently for sale, asking $1,650,000. The interior mixes traditional sensibility and rustic elements, much in the style of Chip and Joanna Gaines of HGTV ‘Fixer Upper’ fame. You can find this home for sale at 4915 Seeley Avenue in Downers Grove, Illinois.

 

Scroll below for additional photos inside…

 

 

Tell us! Would you want to move in?

 

 

For additional information, contact Lindsay D’Aprile at d’aprile properties (312-590-6419)

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