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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Celebrity Homes

Oprah’s Old Condo Gets a Makeover

Out with Oprah, in with Oscar.

United CEO, Oscar Munoz, is the newest resident on the 57th floor of Chicago‘s Water Tower Place — and now lives in the former condo of Oprah Winfrey. As we reported earlier this year, Munoz and his wife purchased the property for $3.55 million in February, thousands less than its asking price of $3.7 million.

In the Oprah days, her former residence occupied a sprawling 9,625 square feet in Water Tower Place. But since she sold it in 2015, the space was split into multiple units and each was renovated. The condo purchased by Munoz is three-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot unit outfitted in sleek, modern design — as seen by newly released photos in Chicago Magazine.

Each of the three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Other features include a powder room, a library, a family room, a wet bar area, a large kitchen, a living room and a fireplace. And don’t forget: sweeping views of Lake Michigan.

 

Take a peek at Oprah’s former Chicago home…

 

 

What do you think of Oprah’s re-designed digs?

 

 

Photography: Tony Soluri

 

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Celebrity Homes

For all you Oprah lovers…

Sorry, you missed your chance to live in Oprah’s Water Tower Place Condo.

The mega-star paid about $3.4 Million in three separate installments in the early 90s to combine four units into one. In a recent article in the Chicago Tribune, Bob Goldsborough writes that the condo was bought by United Airline’s CEO.

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United Airlines CEO Oscar Munoz and his wife, Cathy, on Thursday paid $3.55 million for a three-bedroom, 3,400-square-foot unit on the 57th floor of Water Tower Place that was part of the four-condo spread talk-show legend Oprah Winfrey sold in 2015.

Munoz, 57, and his wife were renting in another building.

In late 2015, Michael Miller, Centaur Interiors and Debra Dobbs together paid $4.625 million for Winfrey’s onetime 9,625-square-foot spread. Since that time, the rehabbing colleagues have been giving significant makeovers to the former Winfrey units, which they have been cutting up and marketing individually. Dobbs assigned a $3.7 million asking price to the unit that Munoz bought.

The transaction was first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business.

“It was very important to the Munozes to establish roots in Chicago, and the … Water Tower Residences is the perfect place for them to do this,” said Michael Shenfeld of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices KoenigRubloff Realty Group, who represented Munoz and his wife. “The building is a Chicago icon with some of the best services, views and proximity to Michigan Avenue and the lake.”

Each of the unit’s three bedrooms has an en-suite bathroom. Other features include a powder room, a library, a family room, a wet bar area, a large kitchen, a living room and a fireplace, Shenfeld said.

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