16 Celebrities You Didn’t Know Were From Chicago

John Cusack | © Jamie Anderson/Wikicommons
John Cusack | © Jamie Anderson/Wikicommons
Photo of Samantha Looney
6 January 2017

Sure, you probably know that President Obama, Oprah, and Cindy Crawford are from Chicago, but here is a list of some other celebrities you probably didn’t know are from the windy city.

Harrison Ford

Harrison Ford was born and raised in Chicago and loves the city. He loves the architecture, the people, the cold winters, and the hot summers. Now we all share a love for Chicago, along with Han Solo and Indiana Jones!

Harrison Ford | © Fred943/Wikicommons

Robin Williams

The late Robin Williams was born and raised in Chicago. He is best known for his performances in Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, and Dead Poets Society.

Robin Williams | © Babo Games/Flickr

Jenny McCarthy

Born in Evergreen Park, Jenny McCarthy started her career as a Playboy model and is now a co-host of the television talk show The View.

Jenny McCarthy | © Gamerscore Blog/Flickr

Jennifer Hudson

An American Idol finalist and one of the stars of Dreamgirls, Jennifer Hudson was born and raised in Chicago and even signed her first recording contract with a Chicago-based independent record label.

Jennifer Hudson | © David Torcivia/Flickr

Tina Fey

The Mean Girls and 30 Rock star spent the 1990s living in Chicago and performing with the famous comedy group Second City.

Tina Fey | © minglemediatv/Flickr

Amy Poehler

The Parks and Rec star found her on- and off-air best friend (Tina Fey) and fame while performing with Second City in Chicago in the mid-1990s.

Amy Poehler | © David Shankbone/Wikicommons

Bill Murray

The Ghostbusters and Groundhog Day actor was born in Wilmette, IL and is a huge Chicago Cubs fan.

Bill Murray | © David Shankbone/Flickr

Kim Novak

Born in Chicago with the name Marylin Pauline Novak, Kim Novak was born and raised in the city, and attended the School of The Art Institute of Chicago after high school . The actress played alongside Frank Sinatra in the movie The Man with the Golden Arm and is best known for her dual role in Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo.

Kim Novak | © Frank Bez/Wikicommons

Gillian Anderson

Gillian Anderson and her parents moved from Chicago to London soon after she was born. She returned to her birthplace after high school and received her BFA from The Theater School at DePaul University in Chicago in 1990. She is best known for her role as FBI Special Agent Dana Scully on The X-Files.

Gillian Anderson | © Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Ben Savage

Better known as Corey Matthews from Boy Meets World, Ben Savage was born in Chicago and quickly became a child star.

Ben Savage | © Toenailslol/Wikicommons

Kanye West

Before Kanye became half of Kimye, West was raised in Chicago. The city inspired his love for hip-hop and rap music and is also the inspiration for his song ‘Hometown.’

Kanye West | © Kenny Sun/Flickr

Sherri Shepherd

The Less Than Perfect star and co-host of The View Sherri Shepherd was born and married in Chicago.

Sherri Shepherd | © Wikicommons

Jesse Williams

Also known as Dr. Jackson Avery on the popular TV show Grey’s Anatomy, Jesse Williams was born in Chicago and grew up in Humboldt Park.

Jesse Williams | © Applause2.0/Wikicommons

John Cusack

John Cusack was born in Chicago and still lives in the city. He is a fan of both the Cubs and the White Sox, and he has been seen at Wrigley Field and Chicago Bears games on several occasions.

John Cusack | © Jamie Anderson/Wikicommons

Vince Vaughn

The comedian and actor wasn’t just raised in Chicago — he’s still a Chicago resident, with a penthouse in the Palmolive building. The star of Dodgeball and Old School attended Lake Forest High school and is a die-hard Chicago sports fan.

Vince Vaughn | © Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Melissa McCarthy

Melissa McCarthy grew up alongside her cousin, Jenny McCarthy, in the suburbs of Chicago. The Gilmore Girls, Bridesmaids, and Spy actress was born and raised in the city and graduated from St. Francis Academy (now Joliet Catholic Academy) in Joliet, Illinois.

Melissa McCarthy | © Universal Pictures

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