NBA All-Star weekend: Where to spot a celebrity in Chicago – Chicago Tribune

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.

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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.

Chef Grant Achatz works in the kitchen of his restaurant Alinea in preparation for dinner service on Feb. 9, 2011.

Chef Grant Achatz works in the kitchen of his restaurant Alinea in preparation for dinner service on Feb. 9, 2011. (Zbigniew Bzdak / Chicago Tribune)

Bounce Sporting Club, 324 W. Chicago Ave.

Rapper Fetty Wap performed at the opening of Bounce Sporting Club in Chicago in November 2017.

Rapper Fetty Wap performed at the opening of Bounce Sporting Club in Chicago in November 2017. (Greg Chmiel/Handout)

Chicago Cut Steakhouse, 300 N. LaSalle Dr.

Dance Studio, 58 W. Kinzie St.

Dance Studio opened in January 2020 in the River North space previously occupied by Studio Paris.

Dance Studio opened in January 2020 in the River North space previously occupied by Studio Paris. (Alicia Fierro/Handout)

Chance the Rapper was a fixture at Studio Paris, which closed in February 2019. Dance Studio opened in its place in January 2020. Rapper Lil Jon is set to DJ on Friday to celebrate All-Star Weekend, while Shaquille O’Neal — using his stage name Diesel — is slated to DJ on Saturday night.

Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse, 1028 N. Rush St.

Celebrity sightings at this iconic steakhouse could fill a book. Here are some recent ones: “American Idol” judge Lionel Richie, country music star Clint Black, Cubs first baseman Anthony Rizzo and “Chicago Fire” stars Taylor Kinney and Eamonn Walker.

Girl & the Goat, 809 W. Randolph St.

LiqrBox, 873 N. Orleans St.

LiqrBox serves alcohol in juice boxes, out of a slot machine or a miniature gas station-style pump.

LiqrBox serves alcohol in juice boxes, out of a slot machine or a miniature gas station-style pump. (Grace Wong/Chicago Tribune)

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.

"Knives Out" writer-director Rian Johnson (right) is photographed with one of the whodunit's prime suspects, Michael Shannon (left), at the Peninsula hotel in Chicago.

“Knives Out” writer-director Rian Johnson (right) is photographed with one of the whodunit’s prime suspects, Michael Shannon (left), at the Peninsula hotel in Chicago. (Jose M. Osorio/Chicago Tribune/TNS)

Prime & Provisions, 222 N. LaSalle St.

“This Is Us” stars Milo Ventimiglia (left) and Justin Hartley (in the black shirt) pose with two Prime & Provisions servers on April 6, 2018.

“This Is Us” stars Milo Ventimiglia (left) and Justin Hartley (in the black shirt) pose with two Prime & Provisions servers on April 6, 2018. (Courtesy of Prime & Provisions / Handout)

Prysm Nightclub, 1543 N. Kingsbury St.

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Then-President Obama greets restaurant patrons at RPM Steak on Oct. 1, 2014.

Then-President Obama greets restaurant patrons at RPM Steak on Oct. 1, 2014. (Photo courtesy of RPM Steak)

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Siena Tavern, 51 W. Kinzie St.

The "Shameless" cast hit up Siena Tavern in August 2016 before filming in Chicago.

The “Shameless” cast hit up Siena Tavern in August 2016 before filming in Chicago. (Siena Tavern)

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.

"If Beale Street Could Talk" actor Stephan James (from left), director Barry Jenkins and actor KiKi Layne pose on Dec. 3, 2018 in a Soho House screening room.

“If Beale Street Could Talk” actor Stephan James (from left), director Barry Jenkins and actor KiKi Layne pose on Dec. 3, 2018 in a Soho House screening room. (Chris Walker / Chicago Tribune)

Spiaggia, 980 N. Michigan Ave.

Roger Federer poses for a photo inside Spiaggia restaurant during a promotional visit on Sept., 18, 2018, days before playing in the Laver Cup.

Roger Federer poses for a photo inside Spiaggia restaurant during a promotional visit on Sept., 18, 2018, days before playing in the Laver Cup. (Abel Uribe / Chicago Tribune)

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” star Sacha Baron Cohen and “Fargo” star Chris Rock were spotted dining in October at the Michelin-starred Italian restaurant, which Tony Mantuano helmed until recently. Mick Jagger and Jimmy Buffett ate there in 2018.

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.

"The Real Housewives of New York City" star Tinsley Mortimer and CouponCabin CEO Scott Kluth celebrate their relationship at Tao Chicago on Nov. 23, 2019.

“The Real Housewives of New York City” star Tinsley Mortimer and CouponCabin CEO Scott Kluth celebrate their relationship at Tao Chicago on Nov. 23, 2019. (Matt Reeves for TAO Chicago)

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.

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