If you’re looking to visit and get to know more about the great old city of Chicago then you’re in great company. While known for their deep-dish pizza and extraordinary architecture, the city is also home to a slew of celebrities who have fallen in love with its unique charm and undeniable beauty.
First on the list is the multi-hyphenated and superbly talented Kanye West. While his over the top theatrics and flair for style might seem too much for the simple and down-to-earth culture of Chicago, the award-winning artist actually drew inspiration from the city for his art after having spent his childhood there. In fact his song, Homecoming, is an ode to the city. The music video which showcases some of Chicago’s most notable landmarks have been viewed on Yotube 65 million times. A true Chicago fan, Kanye West and his equally famous wife, Kim Kardashian, even named their third child after the city.
If you’re not familiar with the shows Grey’s Anatomy, Scandal and How to Get Away with Murder, chances are you’ve been living under a rock. These highly-addictive and critically-acclaimed series are only some of the shows created by Hollywood’s in-demand producer Shonda Rhimes. In several of her interviews, Rhimes admits she grew up as a shy child who loved making up stories and creating characters inspired by the people she met in Chicago. Born and raised in the city, she is only one of the many talented people that Chicago can be truly proud of.
There are actors who, after a few blockbuster hits, fade into black while there are those whose star power never really goes away. One of those is the iconic Harrison Ford. After playing memorable characters like Han Solo, Indiana Jones, and Jack Ryan it’s no question that Harrison Ford has his name forever cemented on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. But even with a stellar career, the legendary actor never forgets his roots and loves going back to his hometown, Chicago.
Of course who could ever forget the one and only Queen of All Media, Oprah Winfrey? Although originally born in Mississippi, Winfrey’s claim to fame only really began when she started hosting her own show in Chicago where she was catapulted to A-list status. In fact, even after being off air for several years, the Oprah Winfrey Show still remains the highest-rated daytime talk show in American television.
Perhaps one of the most enduring faces in Hollywood, John Cusack forever raised the bar in romance as Lloyd Dobbler in Say Anything and Jonathan Trager in Serendipity. But more than a pretty face, Cusack also played a multitude of unconventional characters that made him into one of America’s favorite leading men. The actor, whose love for the craft, began at a young age, also happens to be one of Chicago’s biggest fans and can be often spotted in baseball games supporting his favorite team, The Chicago. In several interviews, Cusack has nothing but high praises for the city and considers it his true home.