Famous Chicagoans

From politicians to actors to musicians to authors, we salute our favorite celebrity Chicagoans.

Required Reading: Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Required Reading: Chicago Stories: 40 Dramatic Fictions

Michael Czyzniejewski’s Chicago Stories takes us down the road of a hilarious recount of Chicago history as we’ve never seen it.

Movies in Chicago: John Hughes Films

Movies in Chicago: John Hughes Films

No matter where his career took him, director and writer John Hughes never forgot his roots in Chicago.

John Belushi: Chicago’s Blues Brother

John Belushi: Chicago’s Blues Brother

A gravestone marked “He gave us laughter” rings true for the star of SNL, Animal House, and our city’s beloved Blues Brothers.

Bill Murray: A Chicago-born Comedian

Bill Murray: A Chicago-born Comedian

Urbandictioanry wrote our excerpt for us. They define Bill Murray as “Best F****** guy ever” and Chicago agrees.

The Smashing Pumpkins: Chicago’s Musical Juggernaut

The rise and fall (and rise again) of Chicago’s very own Smashing Pumpkins. An epic love story by Gene Wagendorf.

Casimir Pulaski

A uniquely Illinois holiday, Pulaski Day not only celebrates the man behind the name, but all of Chicago’s dense Polish heritage.

Falling up the Ladder: Fall Out Boy

Some call them power-pop. Others emo. They were even dubbed “eyelinered iteration of angry-boys-with-guitars” by Entertainment Weekly early in their career. Whatever you call them and wherever your sentiments lie, there’s no denying Fall Out Boy’s status as the Windy City’s token rock n’ roll punk boys.

Harold Washington: Chicago’s First African American Mayor

Harold Washington’s most well-known achievement was becoming the first black mayor to the city of Chicago in 1983. Now, 23 years after his death, our city is still trying to find ways to honor this man.

Frank Lloyd Wright

Frank Lloyd Wright’s houses do not look like the hand-in-hand paper doll chains of repetition you find on suburban streets across America today.

Billy Corgan

You can call him a musician, a poet, a celebrity, an asshole- he has been all of those things through the course of his career- but more than anything you have to call him driven. Thirty years after forming the Smashing Pumpkins, Chicagoan Billy Corgan is still recording and releasing music.

Daaaa Coach: The Legendary Mike Ditka

His aviators rival Top Gun and his sweaters are up there with Bill Cosby’s. Mike Ditka, aka “Da Coach” or “Iron Mike” is one of Chicago’s all-time most famous (and favorite) sports figures.

Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan is one of the greatest basketball players of all time and helped lead the Chicago Bulls to multiple championships during his many years with them.

Oprah Winfrey

Media mogul Oprah Winfrey wasn’t always at the top of Forbes’ lists, but her big break came right here in the Windy City!

Al Capone

You’ve heard of the famous St. Valentine’s Day Massacre on Clark; now learn a little bit more about how Al Capone ran Chicago in the 1920s and 30s.