If any of us wondered if celebrities would still visit Chicago after “The Oprah Winfrey Show” ended in May, we now have our answer.
Chicago is still a popular destination for film projects — which this year included “Man of Steel” and “Contagion” — and television projects — including OWN's “The Rosie Show,” Starz' “Boss,” Showtime's “Shameless” and NBC's now-canceled “Playboy Club.” And the city continues to host stars who are promoting a film (as Tom Hanks did for “Larry Crowne”) or a store (as Miley Cyrus did for Topshop/Topman and Cee Lo Green did for Macy's).
Are there as many A-list sightings as there were when “Oprah” was still on the air? No. But there are still plenty of stars out and about to keep the autograph hounds and paparazzi (yes, Chicago has paparazzi) busy. Here is a look at where those stars hungout in Chicago in the year-end edition of the About Last Night rankings, which ranks the city's most popular celeb hangouts based on star power and number of sightings.
20. Sofia (72 E. Oak Street)
19. The Fifty/50 (2047 W. Division St.)
Celebs: Danica Patrick, Curtis Granderson, Prince Fielder, Theo Epstein, Pierre Thomas, Jake Peavy, John Danks, Edwin Jackson, Brent Morel, Tom and Todd Ricketts, Chris Zorich, CJ Watson, Troy Brouwer, Dustin Byfuglien, Brian Campbell, Jordan Hendry, Rene Bourque, Marcus Thames, Rickie Weeks, Jerry Hairston, Nyjer Morgan, Crystal McCahill, Ben Eager
Star moment: When Prince Fielder and his Milwaukee Brewers teammates watched football at The Fifty/50 in September, the staff initially brought his table chicken wings, a skirt steak sandwich and the O-Face burger. Fielder didn't touch any of it, so the staff brought out another burger and ribs. Once again Fielder, who is listed at 275 pounds, passed. That's when one bartender, who is a die hard baseball fan, pointed out to the manager that Prince is a vegetarian. “Poor guy was sitting there and not saying anything about being a vegetarian and not eating,” said Fifty/50 co-owner Scott Weiner by email.
18. N9ne Steakhouse (440 W. Randolph St.)
Celebs: President Barack Obama, Derrick Rose, Dennis Rodman, Emeril Lagasse, Muse, Jonathan Toews, Lance Briggs, Warren Moon, Bobby Valentine, Sig Hansen, Gary Fencik, Viktor Stalberg, Denis Savard, Danieal Manning, Skrillex, Justin Verlander, Brandon Inge
17. Mastro's Steakhouse (520 N. Dearborn St.)
Celebs: Kelsey Grammer, Common, Jay Cutler, Kristin Cavallari, Donovan McNabb, Matt Forte, Patrick Kane, Carlos Boozer, Juwan Howard, Michael Finley, Michael Wilbon, Rahm Emanuel, Greg Olsen, Shaun Livingston, Michael Frolik, Corey Crawford, Kendall Gill
Star moment: Rahm Emanuel wasn't the only Chicago mayor in the building when he dined at Mastro's in June. Kelsey Grammer, who plays a fictional Chicago mayor on Starz' “Boss,” also happened to be dining in the River North steakhouse that night. “Kelsey went over to his private party and the two chatted for a long time as Rahm gave Kelsey tips on how to play (the role),” said Mastro's director of marketing/PR Liz Gantz by email.
Celebs: Michael Jordan, Kanye West, Ron Howard, Aretha Franklin, Scottie Pippen, Dennis Rodman, Tyrese Gibson, Devin Hester, Julius Peppers, Michael Clarke Duncan, Mike Shinoda, Chester Bennington, Omarosa, Carlos Zambrano, Greg Mathis, Tavis Smiley, Brian Campbell, Robbie Gould, Johnny Knox
15. Angels & Kings (230 N. Michigan Ave.)
Celebs: Tyrese Gibson, David Arquette, T-Pain, Pete Wentz, Cee Lo Green, Questlove, Sasha Grey, Patrick Stump, Sisqo, K-Ci & Jojo, Bell Biv Devoe, Lance Briggs, Debbie Gibson, Brody Jenner, Keith Sweat, Bill Bellamy, Scott Ian, Joe Trohman, Tank, Hollywood Undead, Red Jumpsuit Apparatus
Star moment: If you like singing along to Biz Markie's “Just A Friend” — and really, who doesn't it? — you likely would have enjoyed the night K-Ci & JoJo, Bell Biv DeVoe and Sisqo visited Angels & Kings in April. The group led patrons in a singalong of the classic rap song at the end of the night.
14. Cuvee (308 W. Erie St.)
Celebs: LeBron James, Gerard Butler, Jenny McCarthy, Dennis Quaid, Tony Parker, Aziz Ansari, Chris Bosh, Vinny Guadagnino, LMFAO, Patrick Kane, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer, Wilmer Valderrama, Mark Salling, Julius Peppers, Lance Briggs, Greg Olsen, Richard Jefferson, Mario Chalmers