Chicago July 18, 2016
You May Be Surprised To Learn These 15 Famous People Are From Chicago
Things Chicago is famous for: Deep Dish Pizza, the Cubs, being the birthplace to a whole slew of famous people. Think you know how many famous people were born in the city of Chicago? The answer might just surprise you. We have some pretty big names born right in The Windy City, some of whom have been representing Chicago well. Take a look at these famous people from Chicago.
1. John Cusack
This Hollywood actor and Evanston-born favorite will forever be remembered standing outside a house with a boombox over his head.
2. Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton, formerly the Secretary of State, recently became the first woman in U.S. history to become the presidential nominee of a major political party. That's a huge accomplishment for Chicagoans.
3. Harrison Ford
Okay in a show of hands, how many of us knew that Indiana Jones was born in Chicago?!
4. Robin Williams
Chicago natives are proud to acknowledge Robin Williams as having been born in their great city. He will forever be missed.
5. Kanye West
Although he was born in Atlanta, this controversial rapper was raised on the South Side of Chicago by his mother who was an English Professor.
6. Jenny McCarthy
This hilarious comedienne lived in the West Elsdon neighborhood of Chicago with her family, but was born in Evergreen Park, Illinois.
7. Michelle Obama
Current First Lady, Michelle Obama was born and raised in Chicago, where she became a lawyer, Chicago city administrator, and community-outreach worker.
8. Jennifer Beals
This Flashdance-phenom was born on the South Side of Chicago where she lived with her family before pursuing big dancin' moves in Hollywood.
9. Bernie Mac
We lost this beloved comedian nearly 8 years ago, but as a Chicago South Side native, we still proudly hold him in our hearts and hometown.
Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. better known by his stage name Common, is an actor, hip hop artist, and poet hailing from the South Side of Chicago.
11. Mike Krzyzewski
This famed Duke Blue Devil Coach and former USA Olympic Basketball Coach hails from The Northwest side of Chicago. Kinda makes it hard to know which team to root for, right?
12. Hugh Hefner
America's favorite magazine publisher was born in Chicago in the 1920s, before he created his Playboy empire in California.
13. Patti Smith
This singer/songwriter is most known for her eclectic sounds and unique poetry. She was born in Chicago as the eldest of four kids.
14. Walt Disney
Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was born in 1901, in the Hermosa section of Chicago, Illinois. If it weren't for this creative genius we never would've had our beloved Mickey Mouse.
15. Jim & John Belushi
Jim Belushi, along with the late John Belushi, were both born in Chicago, but were raised about 25 miles west, in the outlying suburb of Wheaton, Illinois.
So, truthfully, how many of these famous people did you already know were born in Chicago? If you thought this article was fun, take a look at
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