I knew Shia LaBeouf had been spotted around Chicago multiple times over the last few days, but I couldn’t figure out why exactly the “Transformers” and “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull” star was here – that is until I happened to pass by him on my way home late Wednesday night.
LaBeouf came walking out of the alley between the City Soles store and the now closed Skewerz restaurant in Wicker Park. What he was doing in there, I’m not sure. But there was a smaller than usual film crew and a single police officer facing him across the street, outside of Glazed & Infused doughnut shop.
LaBeouf was there to film “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman,” according a young woman holding a walkie-talkie. Apparently he’s been linked to the film since 2010 and will play a character who falls for the same woman a violent crime boss has fallen for, but he refuses to back off.
The 26-year-old actor, who filmed “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” in Chicago in 2010, spent much of the time sitting on the front step leading up to an apartment next to City Soles. There was no security next to him. It was just him holding what looked like a bottle in a paper bag sitting alone.
On Sunday, LaBeouf was spotted talking to musicians and hanging out on the dance floor at Underground Wonder Bar. He stopped by Haberdash Men's Shop, also in River North, Tuesday but did not purchase anything.
Heads up: Rapper Pitbull will take part in an autograph signing July 27 at the Walgreens flagship store (151 N State Street). "Mr. 305" will be promoting his Voli Vokda line. … The first 500 fans who arrive to Kirlin's Hallmark in Wheaton July 30 wearing Hallmark Text Bands, which allow you to send text by simply bumpin fists with another person, will get to meet pop star Cody Simpson. ... NASCAR star Kyle Busch will be on hand Friday at the House of Blues for a press conference announcing NASCAR Contenders Live, an interactive fan event taking place September 12 at the House of Blues that will include the final 12 Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup Contenders.
On the record: “After 20 yrs I'm moving back to chgo. Thanks LA. Ill be back to work here but my heart is in chgo. #happychicagogirl.” – Jenny McCarthy, via Twitter
Sightings: R&B singer Brandy promoted her new album, "Two Eleven," Tuesday during a private meet and greet at Angels & Kings in the Hard Rock Hotel. … Dave Wannstedt, former coach of the Bears and my Miami Dolphins, had lunch on the patio of Jake Melnick’s Wednesday. He’s been spotted there several times over the last few weeks.