Chicago welcomed a steady stream of A-list stars when Oprah Winfrey hosted her talk show here. Steve Harvey tried to fill the void after Winfrey’s show ended in 2011, but he didn’t land many big names — and then he left too.
Sightings nowadays are usually of stars performing or filming here, local athletes dining in restaurants, “Bachelor” and “Bachelorette” castoffs visiting for Lollapalooza and Chance the Rapper celebrating being Chance the Rapper.
But expect to see plenty of bold-faced names in Chicago this week for NBA All-Star Game festivities. Events and parties are scheduled around town, but if you can’t make those, here are some Chicago spots where celebrities typically hang. (Hint: Many of them are in River North.)
Alinea, 1723 N. Halsted St.
Bounce Sporting Club, 324 W. Chicago Ave.
Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle Dr.
Dance Studio, 58 W. Kinzie St.
Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.
Girl & the Goat, 809 W. Randolph St.
LiqrBox, 873 N. Orleans St.
Chance the Rapper had his birthday party at this North Side club — known for serving alcohol in juice boxes — in 2018, and he’s considered a regular. Stars of the Showtime series “The Chi” went there in December to celebrate wrapping Season 3. Rapper/actor 50 Cent is set to perform Friday, while rapper/actor Ludacris is hosting a black-tie event Saturday night as part of All-Star Weekend.
The Peninsula Chicago, 108 E. Superior St.
Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St.
Prysm Nightclub, 1543 N. Kingsbury St.
Siena Tavern, 51 W. Kinzie St.
If they’ve been on reality TV and they’ve been to Chicago, they’ve probably been to this Italian restaurant from “Top Chef” alumnus Fabio Viviani. Former Bears quarterback Jay Cutler and his wife, jewelry designer Kristin Cavallari, filmed her reality show, “Very Cavallari,” at Siena Tavern in the fall. Ariana Grande threw a surprise birthday party for her security guard after performing at Lollapalooza in August.
Soho House Chicago, 113-125 N. Green St.
Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave.
Sugar Factory, 55 E. Grand Ave.
The Kardashians have a long relationship with the Sugar Factory sweet shop and restaurant chain. Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have taken their kids to the River North outpost, and that footage made it onto a 2019 episode of “Keeping Up with the Kardashians.” Kylie Jenner was on hand for the opening of the Rosemont restaurant in 2015.
Tao Chicago, 632 N. Dearborn St.
Tao Chicago opened in River North in September 2018 and quickly established itself as a go-to spot for celebrities. Bears linebacker Khalil Mack is a regular. Chance the Rapper hosted his birthday party there in 2019. Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, Chicago native Jennifer Hudson and Cubs third baseman Kris Bryant were also spotted there last year. DJ Khaled is scheduled to perform there Friday to celebrate All-Star Weekend, and rapper G-Eazy is set for Saturday.