From reality stars to political rockstars, Chicago has been the home or birthplace to some of the most influential individuals in America. Between the killer arts, theatre, food, cultural scene and down-to-earth Midwest charm-who wouldn’t want to call it home (minus the weather)?
1 Barack Obama
Obama-nation, is there a bigger “celeb” right now than Mr. USA himself? Pre-presidency, Barack was a community organizer before earning his law degree from Harvard. He worked as a civil rights attorney and taught constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School from 1992 to 2004. He’s a Chicagoan true and true rooting on the Sox, dining at Spiaggia and Topolobampo and royally screwing up Lakeshore Drive whenever in town for a visit.
2 Oprah Winfrey
Although the days of her show are numbered, Oprah will always consider Chicago her first home over flossy Hollywood. The famed American television host, actress, producer, philanthropist, Winfrey even has her own gift store in Water Tower Place. Her production company, Harpo Productions ('Oprah' spelled backwards) sky rockets product launches to success like no other marketing program can.
3 Vince Vaughn
4 Jennifer Hudson
5 John Hughes
If you were a child of the ‘80s, your teenage years should have been influenced by a Hughes movie or two- National Lampoon's Vacation, Ferris Bueller's Day Off, The Breakfast Club, Sixteen Candles, Pretty in Pink, Uncle Buck, or any of the Home Alone series. A Chicago suburban-ite (RIP), he often depicted life in the glorious Northshore through his film making and spotting landmarks made for a fun scavenger hunt.