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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Chicago People, Décor

Before & After: Chic Gold Coast Apartment Remodel

Step inside the chic apartment of local Chicagoan, Danielle Moss.

At first glance, you may imagine yourself in a contemporary Parisian pied-à-terre… but in reality: you’re in the heart of Chicago’s Gold Coast. Along with her husband, Moss transformed the previously colorful Tuscan-style one bedroom apartment into a black-and-white clad Neoclassical haven.

Within a building that was built in 1912 (by architect Benjamin Marshall, who also designed the Drake Hotel), the apartment retained original moldings and several architectural features. As co-founder of The Everygirl, Moss is no stranger to design projects and renovations, as chronicled on her blog. She also shared with My Domaine and Architectural Digest detailed inspiration and sources for her Chicago home.

 

See inside this stylish one-bedroom Gold Coast apartment…

 

 

Now take a look at the ‘before and after’ transformation…

 

 

Kitchen

 

Bathroom

 

Living Room

See the full home tour!

 

Photography: Stoffer Photography Interiors        Design by: Danielle Moss, Conor Scanlon

 

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Chicago People, Décor

A Chicago Greystone “Before & After” Transformation

Here’s a transformation you have to see to believe. Local Chicagoan and co-founder of The Everygirl, Alaina Kaczmarski took a vintage Chicago greystone from drab to fab in less than a year.

Kaczmarski found the 1,600 square foot rental on Craiglist last winter and has since transformed the space to fit her “modern meets traditional” style, alongside her husband, Dan, and their two dogs, Tucker and Fiona.

Take a look inside and you’ll find tons of architectural charm, like oversized windows and multiple fireplaces, paired with Alaina’s knack for styling “old and new.”

 

See inside this chic and modern Chicago greystone…

 

Alaina Kaczmarski Chicago home tour

open shelves kitchen

Alaina Kaczmarski home tour

Compare “before and after”…

INTERIOR DESIGN AND STYLING: Alaina Kaczmarski PHOTOGRAPHY: Aimée Mazzenga

ADDITIONAL PHOTOS AND SOURCES: TheEverygirl.com

 

 

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