Here's the thing about the most popular celebrity hangouts in Chicago: They're always changing.
What was popular four years ago gets replaced by what opened four months ago. And what was once a restaurateur's or nightclub impresario's baby is now an afterthought, with most of their focus (and celebrity friends) being directed toward their newest projects.
There are, of course, exceptions. Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in the Gold Coast has been bringing in the bold names for nearly 25 years, and Joe's Stone Crab has been a star favorite for more than a decade. And Paris Club has managed to go uncontested as the city's top celeb hangout for two years now and doesn't appear to be letting up any time soon, thanks mostly to upstairs club Studio Paris.
Parliament will look to chip away at Studio Paris' reign, so to speak, when the royalty-themed lounge in the Near North neighborhood opens to the public Friday. Thanks to president Matt Deichl, who previously booked celebrity talent for Enclave and Cuvee, Parliament joins the list of new celebrity hangouts to watch in Chicago. Here is a look at that eclectic list, which includes a country music bar, the tiki bar located below it and a pro-wrestling themed restaurant.
324 W. Chicago Ave.
Celebs: Michael Bay, Dennis Rodman, Lance Briggs
Description: The well-connected Deichl will bring the stars in, but the members-only lounge (called The House of Lords) and the glass elevator leading to the rooftop deck (The Kensington) should bring them back.
Three Dots and a Dash
435 N. Clark St.
Celebs: Ashton Kutcher, Mila Kunis, Danny Masterson, Jenny McCarthy
Description: Why would celebs go to a tiki bar? Because mixologist all-star Paul McGee is a co-owner. It also doesn't hurt that RJ and Jerrod Melman, the brothers behind the celeb-friendly Paris Club, RPM Italian, Bub City and Hub 51, are a part of it.
15 W. Illinois St.
The Squared Circle