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?