It's D. Wade's World

NBA star making multiple Chicago appearances this week

Forget about Oprah, this week may very well turn out to be the D-Wade show in Chicago.

Dwayne Wade, the Chicago native and Miami Heat star, was spotted prominently with his crew at the Jay-Z concert Tuesday night, but it's hardly the only place you'll be able to catch him this week.

Wade, who graduated from Richards High School in 2000, is hosting a series of charity events to benefit his Wade's World Foundation.

A who's who of Chicago and national athletes will be hand Thursday when Wade hosts a party at Crimson Lounge in the Sax Hotel (333 N. Dearborn).

The festivities kick off at 9 p.m., with the $20 donation going to the foundation. RSVP to

On Friday, you can catch Wade at 10 Pin Bowling Lounge (333 N. State St.) for another charity event, however, this one will cost you, with tickets starting at $500 for an individual bowler.

Saturday will be a little easier on the pocketbook at "D. Wade's Chicago Has Talent" at Harris Theatre. Fourteen local acts will compete for a chance to win an all-expense paid trip to Dallas for the 2010 All-Star weekend, along with performing at Wade's All-Star Luncheon. Tickets start at $15 for the show and range up to $100 for a VIP ticket that gets you access to a pre-show meet and greet with Wade.

So head on out and give a warm welcome to a local boy done good. Besides, isn't his contract up in 2010?

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