Looking to Star Gaze in the Windy City? Though our urban playground doesn’t allow for much in terms of the galaxy, plenty of Hollywood A-listers flock to Chicago like it’s the next big thing. Here are some of your best bets to catch a steamy star sighting.
Everyone, and I mean everyone has partied here since the club’s inception last spring. Themed like a plush bunker with initially no address given, the mystery was part of the appeal. The UG is Chi’s “it” club of the moment hosting everyone from David Schwimmer, Jeremy Piven, Kanye West, Perry Farrell, Mickey Avalon, Fergie, and Vince Vaughn who are regulars when in town.
56 W. Illinois. 312.644.7600.www.theundergroundchicago.com/
The Butter, STK or Ivy of the Midwest, Japonais is where celebs come to be photographed. Tyrese Gibson, Michael Bay, Pharell Williams, Jennifer Aniston, Vince Vaughn, Brangelina, Claire Danes and Hugh Dancy, Charlize Theron, Goldie Hawn, Hugh Hefner, Nicolas Cage, Samantha Ronson, James Woods, and Oprah Winfrey have all feasted at this contemporary sushi spot.
600 W. Chicago Ave. 312.822.9600. japonaischicago.com
Rockit is celebutante Billy Dec’s other hangout, the more laid back version of the Underground. Friends who frequent the spot made famous by truffle fries and kobe burgers include Vince Vaughn, Hilary Duff, the Black Eyed Peas, and Good Charlotte.
22 W Hubbard St. 312.645.6000. http://www.rockitbarandgrill.com/
Angels and Kings
Angels and Kings is Chicago local and Fall Out Boy frontman Pete Wentz’s club and hangout for fellow bandmates and wife Ashlee Simpson. The pair regularly play host to other industry heavy weights including Cobra Starship, William Beckett (The Academy Is), Demar Hamilton (Plain White Ts), Chad Kroger (Nickleback), Keifer Sutherland, Sam Ronson, M.I.A., Jay Cutler and Danny Masterson.
710 N. Clark. 312.482.8600. http://www.angelsandkings.com/
Self proclaimed as one of Obama’s favorite restaurants in the city, Barack tried to transplant celebrity chef Rick Bayless to the White House. In his honor, Topolobampo’s upscale Mexican cuisine now offers a White House State Dinner Tasting Menu.
445 N. Clark St. 312.661.1434. http://www.fronterakitchens.com/restaurants/