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?





What 1 Bedrooms Are Going For In Chicago

Are you looking to rent in Chicago any time soon? The most crucial part about renting in Chicago is the neighborhood you plan on staying in. You have to ask yourself what you want to walk out to every morning when heading out.

One bedroom/one bathrooms are perfect for those who enjoy their own space. In some neighborhoods such as Lincoln Park and River North, the bigger the space, the more money you’re going to have to spend each month.

Also, each Chicago neighborhood offers different amenities. The more amenities, the more expensive. Make a list of things you must have when renting. You will definitely find a neighborhood with everything you need.

We’ve rallied up what 1 bedrooms are going for in Chicago. Each one bedroom below has one bathroom as well:

Check them out below:

1. Wrigleyville: 3765 N Racine Ave Unit 2A – $1,400/mo


2. Wicker Park: 1341 N Western Ave Apt 3 – $2,799/mo

Wicker Park

3. River North: 345 N La Salle Dr Apt 2602 – $2,000/mo

River North

4. Logan Square: 1944 5 North Spaulding # 3A – $1,200/mo

Logan Square

5. Lincoln Park: 2756 N Pine Grove Ave – $1,370/mo

Lincoln Park

6. Lakeview: 655 W Irving Park Rd Apt 3815 – $1,750/mo


7. Gold Coast: 1221 N Dearborn Pkwy Unit 1012N – $1,600/mo

Gold Coast

8. Edgewater: 5415 N Sheridan Rd Apt 3215 – $1,400/mo


9. Bucktown: 1350 W North Ave # ST1202 – $1,915/mo


10. Albany Park: 4730 N Kimball Ave Apt 310 – $1,350/mo

Albany Park

Luckily, it’s easy to get from one place to another in each Chicago neighborhood. Most have the “L” and buses right around the corner. When looking for a one bedroom/one bathroom, which neighborhood would you plan on renting an apartment in?