50 Celebrities You Might Not Know Were From the Chicago Area

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Betty White, the timeless comedian known for roles in "Golden Girls" and "Mary Tyler Moore," was born in Oak Park. She only lived in the Chicago area for a few years until her family moved to LA.
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Actor Harrison Ford, known for his leading roles in "Indiana Jones" and "Star Wars," was born in Chicago. Ford graduated from Maine Township High School East in Park Ridge.
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McCarthy, a comedian and actress, is from Plainfield. "Michelle Darnell," McCarthy's recent movie, was filmed in the Lakeview area of Chicago.
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Actor and voice artist Mandy Patinkin is a Chicago native. Patinkin grew up on the South Side in the South Shore neighborhood where he first became involved in theater at the Young Men’s Jewish Council Center.
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Actor Nick Offerman, best known for his role as Ron Swanson in NBC's Parks and Recreation, was born in Joliet and raised in Minooka, Illinois. Offerman was also a University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign graduate where he recently delivered the commencement speech at the 2017 graduation.
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Actress Gina Rodriguez, winner of Best Actress in a TV Series, Musical or Comedy for "Jane the Virgin," is from Chicago. She attended St. Ignatius College Prep on the Near West Side.
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Comedian and Chicago Cubs super-fan is from Wilmette. When he is not working on a movie, he can be seen at Wrigley Field.
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A Chicago native, Clinton was born at Edgewater Hospital in Chicago. She then lived in Park Ridge where she graduated form Maine South High School.
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First Lady Michelle Obama, a Chicago native, grew up on the South Side of Chicago. Early in her career, she went on to become the assistant commissioner of planning and development at Chicago's City Hall. President Barack Obama, was born in Hawaii and taught at the University of Chicago Law School in Chicago.
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Seth Meyers, host of NBC's "Late Night With Seth Meyers" and former "Saturday Night Live" cast member, was born in Evanston. Meyers graduated from Northwestern University.
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“New Girl” actor Jake Johnson is an Evanston native. Johnson graduated from New Trier High School and is a big Cubs fan.
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Actress Kathryn Hahn is from Westchester, Illinois. Hahn graduated from Northwestern University in Evanston.
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Comedian Hannibal Buress was raised in the Austin neighborhood of Chicago and recently moved back to the city. While getting his start, Hannibal sold Chicago White Sox tickets.
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Cecily Strong, known for her role as a cast member on Saturday Night Live, was born in Springfield, Illinois. She was raised in Oak Park and later trained at Second City.
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Jennifer Hudson was born and raised in Chicago. She got her start on "American Idol" and went on to become an Oscar- and Golden Globes-winning actress. She has won multiple awards for her music, including two Grammy Awards.
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"Boy Meets World" star Ben Savage was born in Chicago. Savage recently starred in the spin-off show, "Girl Meets World."
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Actress and TV host, Jenny McCarthy is an Evergreen Park, Illinois native. She and Donnie Wahlberg were married in St. Charlies in 2014.
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The late film critic and journalist Roger Ebert is from Urbana, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where the town holds the annual Ebert Film Festival.
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Grammy Award-winning artist R. Kelly is a Chicago native. R. Kelly grew up in a Chicago housing project in the Bronzeville neighborhood. His first recording contract was with Jive Records in 1990.
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Saturday Night Live cast member Beck Bennett is a Wilmette native and attended New Trier High School.
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Fall Out Boy band member Pete Wentz is a Wilmette native. Wentz graduated from New Trier High School.
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The Grammy Award-winning artist Chance the Rapper is a Chicago native from West Chatham. Widely known as a philanthropist, Chance recently donated $1 million to Chicago Public Schools. Some have asked him to run for mayor. Chance won the Best New Artist Award and Humanitarian Award at the 2017 BET Awards,
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Actor and producer John Cusack is from Evanston. While living there, the actor, known for "Say Anything... " and "High Fidelity" among other movies, trained at the Piven Theatre. The Chicago Cubs fan currently lives in Chicago.
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Singer Billy Corgan of The Smashing Pumpkins is from Elk Grove Village. The Smashing Pumpkins were formed in Chicago.
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Derrick Rose is not only a professional basketball player, but a Chicago native. Rose grew up in Englewood where he was raised by his mother. He played for the Bulls between 2008 and 2016 when he was traded to the New York Knicks.
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Eddie Vedder of the band Pearl Jam was born in Evanston. In addition to his impressive Pearl Jam catalog, Vedder, a die-hard Chicago Cubs fan, wrote the song "All the Way" dedicated to the Cubs.
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Model and actress Cindy Crawford is a DeKalb, Illinois, native. Crawford attended Northwestern University and then left to pursue modeling.
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The late actor Robin Williams was born in Chicago. Williams lived in Lake Forest and attended Deer Path Middle School.
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Model Karlie Kloss was born in Chicago. Kloss recently started a free summer camp program called "Kode with Klossy" located in Chicago and other cities.
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Erin Heatherton, a model known for her work with Victoria's Secret, is from Skokie. Heatherton attended Jewish day school at Solomon Schechter School and then Niles North High School.
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Kiernan Shipka is from Chicago and best known for her role in the AMC series "Mad Men." Her family moved to LA soon after she began her acting career.
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Actress Bonnie Hunt was born and raised in Chicago. Hunt trained at The Second City where she joined the Mainstage cast in 1986.
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Mr. T, the actor and retired wrestler, is from Chicago. While growing up, Mr. T lived with his siblings and mother in the Bronzeville neighborhood.
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The late actor and Saturday Night Live cast member, John Belushi, was born in Humboldt Park in Chicago. Belushi trained at The Second City in Chicago.
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Playboy founder Hugh Hefner is from Chicago and graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He permanently moved to Los Angeles in the mid-70s.
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Actor Gary Sinise was born in Blue Island, Illinois. He later lived in Highland Park where he went to Highland Park High School. In high school, Sinise was in a band called, "Half Day Road," which is named after a main street in Highland Park.
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This actor, director and producer is from Christopher, Illinois. After attending Illinois State University, Malkovich joined Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.
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Comedian and actor Bob Newhart is an Oak Park native. Newhart, a lifelong Cubs fan, graduated from Loyola University in Chicago.
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Shonda Rhimes is a Chicago native. Rhimes, the creator of popular TV shows "Grey's Anatomy" and "Scandal," grew up in University Park, Illinois.
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John C. Reilly, known for his role in multiple movies including "Talladega Nights" and "Step Brothers," was born in Chicago. While growing up on Chicago's Southwest Side, he trained at the Goodman and Steppenwolf theaters.
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Screenwriter Diablo Cody, known for the movie "Juno," was born in Lemont. Cody is a pen name. Her birth name is Brook Busey.
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Fred Savage, who began his career in the "The Wonder Years," is from Chicago. Savage married Jennifer Stone who he grew up with in a suburb of Chicago.
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Actress and TV personality Sherri Shepherd is a Chicago native. The "Trial & Error" star was also married at the Fairmont Hotel in Chicago.
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While "The X-Files" actress Gillian Anderson grew up in London, she was actually born in Chicago.
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Record producer Quincy Jones was born and raised in Chicago. In his book "The Autobiography of Quincy Jones," Jones talks about what life was like growing up on Chicago's South Side.
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Jennifer Beals, known for her role in "Flashdance" among other films, is from the South Side of Chicago. Her father owned a grocery store in the city and her mother, a retired school teacher, still lives there.
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Craig Robinson, who played Darryl on "The Office," is from Chicago. He was raised on the city's South Side and attended Illinois State University and has a master's degree in music education from Saint Xavier University.
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Actor Joe Mantegna is a Chicago native. He even co-wrote the Off-Broadway play Bleacher Bums, which he says was inspired by "countless afternoons watching the Chicago Cubs play in Wrigley Field."
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Laurie Metcalf, known for the sitcom "Roseanne," was born in Carbondale. Metcalf stayed in-state for college and graduated from Illinois State University.
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Disney creator Walt Disney was born in the Hermosa neighborhood on Chicago's Northwest Side. His childhood home was sold in 2013 to a California couple who reportedly planned to make it a historic landmark. Walt and his brother Roy were both born in the Hermosa home, which Disney’s father built in 1893, and the family lived there until Walt was around 4 years old.
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Matt Walsh, best known for his Emmy-nominated role in "Veep," is a Chicago native and alumnus of Northern Illinois University.
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Jane Lynch, best known for her role as Sue Sylvester on "Glee," was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois and raised in Dolton. She also attended Illinois State University where she received her bachelor's degree in theater.
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Though iconic singer-songwriter Patti Smith grew up in Philadelphia and New Jersey, she was born in Chicago.
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