List of people from Chicago

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The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Chicago, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Chicago, Illinois.

Academics, science, and engineering[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Adler, DankmarDankmar Adler Jul 3, 1844 Apr 16, 1900 Architect: designed the Guaranty Building, Chicago Stock Exchange Building, and Wainwright Building which is considered to be the world's first skyscraper Lived and died in Chicago [1]
Adler, MortimerMortimer Adler Mortimer Adler, 1988.jpg Dec 28, 1902 Jun 28, 2001 Philosopher, educator, and popular author University of Chicago professor; lived in Chicago [2]
Alinsky, SaulSaul Alinsky Jan 30, 1909 Jun 12, 1972 Community organizer and writer; considered to be the founder of modern community organizing Born in Chicago [3]
Bachelder, MyrtleMyrtle Bachelder Bachelder1942.jpg Mar 13, 1908 May 22, 1997 Metals chemist and Women's Army Corps officer; worked on the Manhattan Project University of Chicago professor; lived and died in Chicago [4]
Bathurst, CynthiaCynthia Bathurst Mathematician and animal welfare advocate [5]
Brodie, Allan G.Allan G. Brodie BrodieRenfroe2.jpg Oct 31, 1897 Jan 2, 1976 Orthodontics educator [6]
Bolotin, JacobJacob Bolotin Jan 3, 1888 Apr 1, 1924 The world's first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine. [7]
Burnham, DanielDaniel Burnham Daniel Burnham c1890.jpeg Sep 4, 1846 Jun 1, 1912 Architect [8]
Camras, MarvinMarvin Camras Jan 1, 1916 Jun 23, 1995 Inventor [9]
Carpenter, PhiloPhilo Carpenter Philocarpenter.jpg Feb 27, 1805 Aug 7, 1886 First Chicago pharmacist [10]
Collins, MarvaMarva Collins Aug 31, 1936 Educator [11]
Davis, Zachary TaylorZachary Taylor Davis May 26, 1872 Dec 16, 1946 Architect [12]
DePorter, Donald J.Donald J. DePorter 1942 1996 Philanthropist [13]
Dewey, JohnJohn Dewey John Dewey in 1902.jpg Oct 20, 1859 Jun 1, 1952 Philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer; an early developer of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology University of Chicago Professor and founder of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools [14]
Dittmar, G. WalterG. Walter Dittmar 1872 1949 First president of the Illinois State Dental Society [15]
Du Brul, E. LloydE. Lloyd Du Brul Apr 5, 1909 Jul 24, 1996 Dental anatomist [16]
Dunbar, Helen FlandersHelen Flanders Dunbar May 14, 1902 Aug 21, 1959 Early figure in U.S. psychosomatic medicine [17]
Fox, Charles E.Charles E. Fox Jul 1, 1870 Oct 31, 1926 Architect [18]
Freed, James IngoJames Ingo Freed Jun 23, 1930 Dec 15, 2005 Architect [19]
Grene, MarjorieMarjorie Grene Dec 13, 1910 Mar 16, 2009 Philosopher [20]
Griffin, Marion MahonyMarion Mahony Griffin Walterburleygriffin.jpg Feb 14, 1871 Aug 10, 1961 Architect [21]
Griffin, Walter BurleyWalter Burley Griffin Walter Burley Griffin 1912.jpg Nov 24, 1876 Feb 11, 1937 Architect [22]
Hale, George ElleryGeorge Ellery Hale Portrait of George Ellery Hale.jpg Jun 29, 1868 Feb 21, 1938 Astronomer [23]
Henius, MaxMax Henius Jun 16, 1859 Nov 15, 1935 Biochemist; co-founder of American Brewing Academy [24]
Holabird, John AugurJohn Augur Holabird May 4, 1886 1945 Architect [25]
Holabird, WilliamWilliam Holabird Sep 11, 1854 Jul 19, 1923 Architect [26]
Jahn, HelmutHelmut Jahn Jan 4, 1940 Architect [27]
Jenney, William Le BaronWilliam Le Baron Jenney Jenney.jpg Sep 25, 1832 Jun 14, 1907 Architect [28]
Kass, LeonLeon Kass KassPCOB.jpg Feb 12, 1939 Writer and chair of The President's Council on Bioethics [29]
Karter, PeterPeter Karter 1922 Mar 30, 2010 Nuclear engineer and pioneer of the recycling industry [30]
Khan, FazlurFazlur Khan Apr 3, 1929 Mar 27, 1982 Civil engineer [31]
Krieglstein, WernerWerner Krieglstein Werner Krieglstein.jpg Oct 31, 1941 Philosopher, author, and actor; Fulbright Scholar; University of Chicago fellow and alum Lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago [32]
Maher, George W.George W. Maher GWMaher.jpg Dec 25, 1864 Sep 12, 1926 Architect [33]
Marshall, Benjamin H.Benjamin H. Marshall 1874 Jun 19, 1940 Architect [34]
Massler, MauryMaury Massler Massler.jpg 1912 1990 Dental educator [35]
Maurice, Charles G.Charles G. Maurice Dental educator [36]
Maxwell, PhilipPhilip Maxwell 1799 1859 Early Chicago physician [37]
Mies van der Rohe, LudwigLudwig Mies van der Rohe Mar 27, 1886 Aug 19, 1969 Architect [38]
Moody-Adams, MicheleMichele Moody-Adams African American philosopher and academic administrator [39]
Moorehead, Frederick B.Frederick B. Moorehead 1875 1944 Dental educator [40]
Murphy, CharlesCharles Murphy Feb 9, 1890 May 22, 1985 Architect [41]
Noyes, Frederick BogueFrederick Bogue Noyes 1872 1961 Dental educator [42]
Perkins, Dwight H.Dwight H. Perkins Mar 26, 1867 Nov 2, 1941 Architect [43]
Pearson, RalphRalph Pearson 1919 Inorganic chemist; developed the concept of hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB theory) Born in Chicago [44]
Read, Sister JoelSister Joel Read Dec 30, 1926 President of Alverno College; longest-serving college president in U.S. history Born in Chicago [45]
Regensteiner, TheodoreTheodore Regensteiner May 17, 1868 Inventor of the four-color lithographic press [46]
Renfroe, Earl W.Earl W. Renfroe Renfroe.jpg Jan 9, 1907 Nov 14, 2000 Orthodontist and African-American activist [47]
Roche, MartinMartin Roche 1853 1927 Architect [48]
Root, John WellbornJohn Wellborn Root JohnWRoot.png Jan 10, 1850 Jan 15, 1891 Architect [49]
Root, Jr., John WellbornJohn Wellborn Root, Jr. 1887 1963 Architect [50]
Schour, IsaacIsaac Schour 1900 1964 President of the International Association for Dental Research [51]
Spero, DonaldDonald Spero Aug 9, 1939 American physicist; venture capitalist; and European Rowing Championships bronze medalist and Olympic rower (1964). [52]
Strauss, LeoLeo Strauss Sep 20, 1899 Oct 18, 1973 Political philosopher [53]
Sullivan, LouisLouis Sullivan LouisSullivan.jpg Sep 3, 1856 Apr 14, 1924 Architect [54]
Tylman, Stanley D.Stanley D. Tylman 1893 1982 Dental educator, wrote Theory and Practice of Crown and Bridge Prosthesis [55]
Veblen, ThorsteinThorstein Veblen Veblen3a.jpg Jul 30, 1857 Aug 3, 1929 Economist and social critic [56]
Wright, Frank LloydFrank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright LC-USZ62-36384.jpg Jun 8, 1867 Apr 9, 1959 Architect [57]

Nobel laureates and Fields medalists[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Addams, JaneJane Addams Jane Addams profile.jpg Sep 6, 1860 May 21, 1935 Social worker and activist; founder of Hull House; first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1931) Lived and died in Chicago [58]
Bellow, SaulSaul Bellow Saul Bellow, 1990.jpg Jun 10, 1915 Apr 5, 2005 Author; Nobel laureates in Literature (1976); Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1976) Grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago [59]
Chandrasekhar, SubrahmanyanSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Oct 19, 1910 Aug 21, 1995 Astrophysicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1930) University of Chicago professor; died in Chicago [60]
Cronin, JamesJames Cronin James-cronin.jpg Sep 29, 1931 Nuclear physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1964) University of Chicago professor; born in Chicago [61]
Drinfeld, VladimirVladimir Drinfeld Feb 4, 1954 Pioneering mathematician; Fields medalist (1990) University of Chicago professor [62]
Franck, JamesJames Franck James Franck.jpg Aug 26, 1882 May 21, 1964 Chemical physicist and member of the Manhattan Project; Nobel laureate in physics (1925) Director of the Chemistry Division of the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago [63]
Fermi, EnricoEnrico Fermi Enrico Fermi 1943-49.jpg Sep 29, 1901 Nov 28, 1954 Co-developer of the first nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile-1); Nobel laureate in physics (1938) University of Chicago professor; died in Chicago [64]
Friedman, MiltonMilton Friedman Portrait of Milton Friedman.jpg Jul 31, 1912 Nov 16, 2006 Leader of the Chicago school of economics; Nobel laureate in economics (1976); University of Chicago professor and graduate [65]
Lederman, Leon M.Leon M. Lederman Leon M. Lederman.jpg Jul 15, 1922 Experimental physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1988); Director Emeritus of Fermilab; founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; Illinois Institute of Technology professor [66]
Nambu, YoichiroYoichiro Nambu YoichiroNambu.jpg Jan 18, 1921 Theoretical physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (2008) University of Chicago professor [67]
Schultz, TheodoreTheodore Schultz April 02, 1902 Feb 26, 1998 chair of the Chicago school of economics; Nobel laureate in economics (1979); University of Chicago professor [68]
Simon, Herbert A.Herbert A. Simon Jun 15, 1916 Feb 9, 2001 Political, economic, psychological and computer science polymath; Nobel laureate in economic sciences (1978) Illinois Institute of Technology professor and University of Chicago graduate [69]
Smith, George E.George E. Smith Nobel Prize 2009-Press Conference KVA-27.jpg May 10, 1930 Applied physicist; co-inventor of the charge-coupled device; Nobel laureates in physics (2009) University of Chicago graduate [70]
Wilczek, FrankFrank Wilczek Nobel Laureate Frank Wilczek 2007.jpg May 15, 1951 Theoretical physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (2004) Enrolled at the University of Chicago at 15 years old [71]
Wilson, Robert WoodrowRobert Woodrow Wilson Wilson penzias200.jpg Jan 10, 1936 Founder and first director of Fermilab; Nobel laureates in physics (1978) [citation needed]

Authors and writers[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Adams, Franklin PierceFranklin Pierce Adams Franklin P. Adams.jpg Nov 15, 1881 Mar 23, 1960 Columnist Born in Chicago [72]
Algren, NelsonNelson Algren Nelson Algren NYWTS.jpg Mar 28, 1909 May 9, 1981 Author [73]
Anderson, JohnJohn Anderson Mar 22, 1836 Feb 24, 1910 Founder and publisher Skandinaven [74]
Applegate, K. A.K. A. Applegate Jul 19, 1956 Author [citation needed]
Bloom, AllanAllan Bloom Sep 14, 1930 Oct 7, 1992 Writer and translator [75]
Boyd, Candy DawsonCandy Dawson Boyd Aug 8, 1946 Writer and activist [76]
Bradbury, RayRay Bradbury Aug 22, 1920 Jun 5, 2012 Author [77]
Brooks, GwendolynGwendolyn Brooks Gwendolyn Brooks cropped.jpg Jun 7, 1917 Dec 3, 2000 Poet [78]
Budrys, AlgisAlgis Budrys Algis Budrys 1985.jpg Jan 9, 1931 Jun 9, 2008 Author [79]
Burroughs, Edgar RiceEdgar Rice Burroughs E-R-Burroughs.jpg Sep 1, 1875 Mar 19, 1950 Author Born in Chicago [80]
Bury, ChrisChris Bury Dec 10, 1953 Journalist [81]
Cafferty, JackJack Cafferty Dec 14, 1942 Journalist Born in Chicago
Canfield, JackJack Canfield Aug 19, 1944 Author of Chicken Soup for The Soul
Chancellor, JohnJohn Chancellor John Chancellor White House1970.jpg Jul 14, 1927 Jul 12, 1996 Journalist
Chandler, RaymondRaymond Chandler Jul 23, 1888 Mar 26, 1959 Writer Born in Chicago
Cisneros, SandraSandra Cisneros Dec 20, 1954 Author Born in Chicago
Cody, DiabloDiablo Cody Diablo Cody at TIFF 2009 cropped 2.jpg Jun 14, 1978 Screenwriter
Cohen, DanielDaniel Cohen Mar 12, 1936 Children's writer Born in Chicago
Crichton, MichaelMichael Crichton MichaelCrichton 2.jpg Oct 23, 1942 Nov 4, 2008 Writer Born in Chicago
Cozzens, James GouldJames Gould Cozzens Aug 19, 1903 Aug 9, 1978 Novelist Born in Chicago
Dick, Philip K.Philip K. Dick Dec 16, 1928 Mar 2, 1982 Writer Born in Chicago
Dickinson, CharlesCharles Dickinson 1951 Writer
Downey, MikeMike Downey Aug 9, 1951 Newspaper columnist
Dunne, Finley PeterFinley Peter Dunne Finley Peter Dunne 2.jpg Jul 10, 1867 Apr 24, 1936 Writer, humorist (Mr. Dooley) Born in Chicago
Dybek, StuartStuart Dybek 1942 Author Born in Chicago
Ebert, RogerRoger Ebert Roger Ebert crop (retouched).jpg Jun 18, 1942 Apr 4, 2013 Film critic Lived and died in Chicago
Eggers, DaveDave Eggers Dave Eggers by David Shankbone.jpg Mar 12, 1970 Writer, editor, publisher
Farrell, James T.James T. Farrell Feb 27, 1904 Aug 22, 1979 Writer Born in Chicago
Fearing, KennethKenneth Fearing Jul 28, 1902 Jun 26, 1961 Poet, writer
Ferber, EdnaEdna Ferber Edna Ferber.jpg Aug 15, 1885 Apr 16, 1968 Author, playwright
Forrest, LeonLeon Forrest Jan 8, 1937 Nov 6, 1997 Writer
Fuller, Henry BlakeHenry Blake Fuller H B Fuller.jpg Jan 9, 1857 Jul 28, 1929 Writer
Gelbart, LarryLarry Gelbart Feb 25, 1928 Sep 11, 2009 Comedy writer Born in Chicago
Gunther, JohnJohn Gunther Aug 30, 1901 May 29, 1970 Writer
Gygax, GaryGary Gygax Gary Gygax Gen Con 2007.JPG Jul 27, 1938 Mar 4, 2008 Author Born in Chicago
Hansberry, LorraineLorraine Hansberry May 19, 1930 Jan 12, 1965 Playwright Born in Chicago
Haugan, Reidar RyeReidar Rye Haugan Sep 18, 1893 Oct 1, 1972 Newspaper publisher and playwright
Hecht, BenBen Hecht Ben Hecht.jpg Feb 28, 1894 Apr 18, 1964 Author, journalist
Heinemann, LarryLarry Heinemann 1944 Novelist Born in Chicago
Hemingway, ErnestErnest Hemingway ErnestHemingway.jpg Jul 21, 1899 Jul 2, 1961 Author
Herrick, RobertRobert Herrick Robert Welch Herrick, 1910.jpg Apr 21, 1868 Dec 23, 1938 Novelist
Kass, JohnJohn Kass Jun 25, 1956 Journalist Born in Chicago
Landers, AnnAnn Landers

(aka. Ruth Crowley; aka. Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer)

Ann Landers 1983.jpg Columnist
Langer, AdamAdam Langer 1967 Novelist Born in Chicago
La Shelle, KirkeKirke La Shelle Kirke La Shelle 1.JPG September 23, 1862 May 16, 1905 Newspaper reporter, editor, playwright and producer Worked in Chicago
Lerner, LeoLeo Lerner 1907 1965 Newspaper publisher; founder of Lerner Newspapers Born in Chicago
Mandel, TomTom Mandel Sep 12, 1942 Poet Born in Chicago
Meigs, Merrill C.Merrill C. Meigs Nov 25, 1883 Jan 26, 1968 Newspaper publisher
Murphy-Milano, SusanSusan Murphy-Milano Oct 28, 2012 Author and radio host; advocate for victims of domestic violence Born in Chicago
Norris, Charles GilmanCharles Gilman Norris Frank Norris.jpg Apr 23, 1881 Jul 25, 1945 Author
Norris, FrankFrank Norris Mar 5, 1870 Oct 25, 1902 Novelist Born in Chicago
Page, ClarenceClarence Page Jun 2, 1947 Columnist
Paretsky, SaraSara Paretsky SaraParetsky.jpg Jun 8, 1947 Novelist
Paschke, EdEd Paschke EdPaschkeStudio.jpg Jun 22, 1939 Nov 25, 2004 Artist Born and died in Chicago
Patterson, CissyCissy Patterson Eleanor Cissy Patterson cph.3b29571.jpg Nov 7, 1881 Jul 24, 1948 Journalist and newspaper editor
Pohl, FrederikFrederik Pohl Frederik Pohl Eaton 2008-05-17.png Nov 26, 1919 Author and futurist
Rago, HenryHenry Rago 1915 1969 Poet; editor of Poetry Magazine (1955 to 1969)
Resnick, MikeMike Resnick Mike Resnick.jpg Mar 5, 1942 Author
Royko, MikeMike Royko Sep 19, 1932 Apr 29, 1997 Columnist Born and died in Chicago
Samuels, ErnestErnest Samuels May 19, 1903 Feb 12, 1996 Biographer; recipient of the Bancroft Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography Born in Chicago
Sandburg, CarlCarl Sandburg Carl Sandburg NYWTS.jpg Jan 6, 1878 Jul 22, 1967 Poet; recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes Lived in Chicago [82]
Savage, DanDan Savage Dan Savage Provided.jpg Oct 7, 1964 Columnist Born in Chicago
Seaton, SandraSandra Seaton Jul 10, 1942 Playwright and librettist
Sheldon, SidneySidney Sheldon Feb 11, 1917 Jan 30, 2007 Playwright, screenwriter, novelist
Shirer, William L.William L. Shirer Shirer.jpg Feb 23, 1904 Dec 28, 1993 Journalist and historian Born in Chicago
Silverstein, ShelShel Silverstein Sep 25, 1930 May 10, 1999 Poet, songwriter, and children's writer Born in Chicago
Siskel, GeneGene Siskel Gene Siskel at the 61st Academy Awards.jpg Jan 26, 1946 Feb 20, 1999 Film critic Born in Chicago
Stojanović, DejanDejan Stojanović Dejan Stojanovic, Chicago.jpg Mar 11, 1959 Poet, writer, essayist, philosopher, businessman, and former journalist
Szklarski, AlfredAlfred Szklarski Katowice - pomnik Alfred Szklarski.JPG Jan 21, 1912 Apr 9, 1992 Author Born in Chicago
Terkel, StudsStuds Terkel Studs Terkel 2007.jpg May 16, 1912 Oct 31, 2008 Broadcaster and author Lived and died in Chicago
Tiptree, Jr., JamesJames Tiptree, Jr. Aug 24, 1915 May 19, 1987 Author Born in Chicago
Tunzi, Joseph A.Joseph A. Tunzi Jul 25, 1953 Author, Publisher, Self-Publisher, Producer, Researcher, Archivist, Historian. Described as "one of the foremost authorities on Elvis Presley."[83] Born in Chicago
Turow, ScottScott Turow 1scottturow.jpg Apr 12, 1949 Author Born in Chicago
Wallace, IrvingIrving Wallace Mar 19, 1916 Jun 29, 1990 Author Born in Chicago
Wolfe, GeneGene Wolfe Gene Wolfe, 2005.png May 7, 1931 Author

Business and philanthropy[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bernard, BobBob Bernard May 23, 1967 Feb 2, 2007 Entrepreneur
Blair, William McCormickWilliam McCormick Blair May 2, 1884 Mar 29, 1982 Financier Born in Chicago
Blair, Jr., William McCormickWilliam McCormick Blair, Jr. Oct 24, 1916 U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (1961–1964) and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines (1964–1967) Partner in the Chicago law firm Gerlach & O'Brien
Bohnett, DavidDavid Bohnett David Bohnett.jpg Apr 2, 1956 Philanthropist and technology entrepreneur Born in Chicago
Deering, CharlesCharles Deering Ramon Casas Deering Portrait.jpg Jul 31, 1852 Feb 5, 1927 Businessman, art collector, and philanthropist
Deering, WilliamWilliam Deering WilliamDeering.jpg Apr 25, 1826 Dec 9, 1913 Businessman and philanthropist
Dewes, FrancisFrancis Dewes 1845 German immigrant, brewer, millionaire, original owner of the historic mansion Francis J. Dewes House.
Emanuel, Dr. FannieDr. Fannie Emanuel Fannie Emanuel02.JPG Jul 31, 1871 Founded the Emanuel Settlement House
Field, MarshallMarshall Field Portrait of Marshall Field.jpg Aug 18, 1834 Jan 16, 1906 Entrepreneur
Garrett, Ada SawyerAda Sawyer Garrett 1856 19th Century socialite and philanthropist
Goodman, William O.William O. Goodman 1848 1936 Lumber tycoon
Halperin, RobertRobert Halperin Jan 26, 1908 May 8, 1985 Olympic and Pan American Games yachting medalist; quarterback for the Brooklyn Dodgers; decorated World War II US-Navy sailor; co-founder of Lands' End, and Chairman of Commercial Light Company. Born in Chicago
Haugan, H. G.H. G. Haugan Nov 7, 1840 Railroad executive
Haugan, Helge AlexanderHelge Alexander Haugan Oct 26, 1847 May 17, 1909 Banking executive
Hubbard, Gurdon SaltonstallGurdon Saltonstall Hubbard Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard at 28.jpg Aug 22, 1802 Sep 14, 1886 Early Chicago developer
Kroc, RayRay Kroc Oct 5, 1902 Jan 14, 1984 First CEO of McDonald's
Laflin, MatthewMatthew Laflin Dec 16, 1803 May 21, 1897 Gunpowder manufacturer and philanthropist
Lindgren, Charles MagnusCharles Magnus Lindgren Nov 28, 1819 Sep 1, 1879 Shipping executive
Lindgren, John R.John R. Lindgren Feb 20, 1855 Apr 29, 1915 Banking Executive
Loomis, Horatio G.Horatio G. Loomis 1900 An organizer of the Chicago Board of Trade
MacArthur, Catherine T.Catherine T. MacArthur Nov 23, 1908 Dec 15, 1981 Philanthropist
McCormick, BrooksBrooks McCormick Feb 23, 1917 Aug 15, 2006 Chief executive officer of International Harvester; Art collector Born in Chicago
McCormick, ChaunceyChauncey McCormick Dec 7, 1884 Sep 8, 1954 Businessman and art collector Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago
McCormick, Cyrus HallCyrus Hall McCormick, Sr. Cyrus McCormick engraving.png Feb 15, 1809 May 13, 1884 Founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Lived and died in Chicago
McCormick II, Cyrus HallCyrus Hall McCormick II May 16, 1859 1936 President of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company (1884–1902) Born in Chicago
McCormick, Harold FowlerHarold Fowler McCormick Harold Fowler McCormick.jpg May 2, 1872 Oct 16, 1941 Chairman of the board of International Harvester Company Trustee of the University of Chicago
McCormick, Joseph M.Joseph M. McCormick Joseph Medill McCormick 1912.jpg May 16, 1877 Feb 25, 1925 United States Senator from Illinois; Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 1st district Born in Chicago
McCormick, KatharineKatharine McCormick National Women's Suffrage Association.jpg Aug 27, 1875 Dec 28, 1967 Biologist, suffragist, philanthropist and, heir to a substantial part of the McCormick family fortune Grew up in Chicago
McCormick, Leander J.Leander J. McCormick Leander J. McCormick.jpg Feb 8, 1819 Feb 20, 1900 Farmer, inventor, manufacturer, and businessman Lived and died in Chicago
McCormick, L. HamiltonL. Hamilton McCormick Leander Hamilton McCormick.jpg May 27, 1859 Feb 2, 1934 Author, inventor, art collector and sculptor. Born in Chicago
McCormick, Robert R.Robert R. McCormick Robert R. McCormick cph.3b30054.jpg Jul 30, 1880 Apr 1, 1955 Owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune newspaper Born in Chicago
McCormick, Robert SandersonRobert Sanderson McCormick Robert Sanderson McCormick.jpg Jul 26, 1849 Apr 16, 1919 United States ambassador to Austria-Hungary, Imperial Russia, and France Lived in Chicago
McCormick, Ruth HannaRuth Hanna McCormick Ruth Hanna McCormick.jpg Mar 27, 1880 Dec 31, 1944 Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's at-large district Lived and died in Chicago
McCormick, William GrigsbyWilliam Grigsby McCormick William Grigsby McCormick.jpg Jun 3, 1851 Nov 29, 1941 Businessman; Member of the New York Stock Exchange; Co-founder of the Kappa Sigma college fraternity Born in Chicago; Chicago City Council as alderman representing the 18th ward
McCormick, William SandersonWilliam Sanderson McCormick William Sanderson McCormick.jpg Nov 2, 1815 Sep 27, 1865 Inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Lived in Chicago
McGarvie, BlytheBlythe McGarvie President of Leadership for International Finance, LLC
Neiman, Abraham LincolnAbraham Lincoln Neiman Jul 4, 1875 Oct 21, 1970 Businessman and member of the Neiman Marcus family
Paley, William S.William S. Paley WmSPaley1939.jpg Sep 28, 1901 Oct 26, 1990 CBS executive
Palmer, PotterPotter Palmer Potter Palmer.jpg May 20, 1826 May 4, 1902 Entrepreneur
Palmer, BerthaBertha Palmer Bertha Honore Palmer.jpg May 22, 1849 May 5, 1918 Socialite and philanthropist
Pullman, GeorgeGeorge Pullman George Pullman2.jpg Mar 3, 1831 Oct 19, 1897 Entrepreneur and inventor
Rathje, Frank C.Frank C. Rathje Frank Rathje.jpg Aug 21, 1881 Feb 24, 1967 Depression-era banker, businessman, and philanthropist
Stone, W. ClementW. Clement Stone Clement Stone and Gerald Ford.jpg May 4, 1902 Sep 3, 2002 Entrepreneur; founder of what is known today as AON Corporation
Taylor, Edmund DickEdmund Dick Taylor Edmunddicktaylor.jpg Oct 18, 1804 Dec 4, 1891 Banker, railroad executive and entrepreneur; Known as "Father of the Greenback"
Yerkes, CharlesCharles Yerkes Yerkes002.jpg Jun 25, 1837 Dec 29, 1905 Entrepreneur

Crime[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Capone, AlAl Capone Al Capone-around 1935.jpg Jan 17, 1899 Jan 25, 1947 Mobster
Dillinger, JohnJohn Dillinger John Dillinger mug shot.jpg Jun 22, 1903 Jul 22, 1934 Bank robber Died in Chicago
Fort, JeffJeff Fort Feb 20, 1947 Gang leader and convicted terrorist
Gacy, John WayneJohn Wayne Gacy Mar 17, 1942 May 10, 1994 Serial killer Born in Chicago
Giancana, SamSam Giancana Jun 15, 1908 Jun 19, 1975 Mafia boss of the Chicago Outfit Born in Chicago
Hanssen, RobertRobert Hanssen Robert Hanssen.jpg Apr 18, 1944 FBI agent; convicted spy for Russia Born in Chicago
Holmes, H. H.H. H. Holmes H.H.Holmes.gif May 16, 1861 May 7, 1896 Serial killer [84]
Nelson, Baby FaceBaby Face Nelson Baby face nelson.png Dec 6, 1908 Nov 27, 1934 Mobster Born in Chicago
Jose, PadillaJose Padilla

aka. Abdullah al-Muhajir

José Padilla.jpg Oct 18, 1970 Alleged terrorist Lived in Chicago
Ruby, JackJack Ruby CE5301C.jpg Mar 25, 1911 Jan 3, 1967 Killed Lee Harvey Oswald Born in Chicago
Speck, RichardRichard Speck Dec 6, 1941 Dec 5, 1991 Mass murderer
Streeter, GeorgeGeorge Streeter Captain George "Cap" Wellington Streeter.JPG 1837 Jan 22, 1921 Riverboat captain and squatter Lived and died in Chicago

Fine arts[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Asbjørnsen, SigvaldSigvald Asbjørnsen Aug 20, 1867 Sep 8, 1954 Sculptor
Biorn, EmilEmil Biorn Jun 7, 1864 1935 Sculptor, painter and composer
Gorey, EdwardEdward Gorey Gorey28.jpg Feb 22, 1925 Apr 15, 2000 Artist Born in Chicago

Frontier[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Kinzie, JohnJohn Kinzie Dec 3, 1763 Jan 6, 1828 Early Chicago settler Lived in what is now Chicago
Jolliet, LouisLouis Jolliet Louis Jolliet.JPG Sep 21, 1645 1700 French explorer Lived for one winter in what is now Chicago
Point du Sable, Jean BaptisteJean Baptiste Point du Sable Jean Baptiste Point du Sable Andreas 1884.jpg Aug 28, 1818 Early Chicago settler Lived in what is now Chicago

Media[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Anderson, GillianGillian Anderson Gillian Anderson by Gage Skidmore.jpg Aug 9, 1968 Actress Born in Chicago
Andrews, StanleyStanley Andrews Stanley Andrews 1953.JPG Aug 28, 1891 Jun 23, 1969 Actor Born in Chicago
Armato, DominicDominic Armato Dominic Armato.jpg Nov 18, 1976 Voice actor Born in Chicago
Aylesworth, ReikoReiko Aylesworth Dec 9, 1972 Actress
Balaban, BarneyBarney Balaban Jun 8, 1887 Mar 7, 1971 Head of Paramount Pictures
Balaban, BobBob Balaban Bob Balaban 2012 Shankbone.JPG Aug 16, 1945 Actor, director and producer Born in Chicago
Baldwin, AdamAdam Baldwin Adam Baldwin by Gage Skidmore.jpg Feb 27, 1962 Actor
Baldy, LeonardLeonard Baldy Leonard Baldy.JPG Feb 15, 1927 May 2, 1960 Police officer; Chicago's first helicopter traffic reporter
Bank, RyanRyan Bank Apr 27, 1981 Media producer
Barinholtz, IkeIke Barinholtz Feb 18, 1977 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Bellamy, RalphRalph Bellamy Ralph Bellamy still.jpg Jun 17, 1904 Nov 29, 1991 Actor Born in Chicago
Belushi, JamesJames Belushi JamesBelushi.jpg Jun 15, 1954 Actor, comedian Born in Chicago
Belushi, JohnJohn Belushi John Belushi HS Yearbook.jpeg Jan 24, 1949 Mar 5, 1982 Actor, comedian Born in Chicago
Benny, JackJack Benny JackBenny1958Cropped.jpg Feb 14, 1894 Dec 26, 1974 Actor, comedian Born in Chicago
Berenger, TomTom Berenger Tom Berenger - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg May 31, 1949 Actor Born in Chicago
Bergen, EdgarEdgar Bergen EdgarBergenandCharlieMcCarthyStageDoorCanteen1.jpg Feb 16, 1903 Sep 30, 1978 Ventriloquist Born in Chicago
Berman, ShelleyShelley Berman Shelley berman 1960s.jpg Feb 3, 1925 Comedian Born in Chicago
Bernard, CarlosCarlos Bernard Carlos Bernard cropped.jpg Oct 12, 1962 Actor
Black, Michael IanMichael Ian Black Michael Ian Black by David Shankbone.jpg Aug 12, 1971 Comedian Born in Chicago
Boetticher, BuddBudd Boetticher Jul 29, 1916 Nov 29, 2001 Film director Born in Chicago
Bosley, TomTom Bosley Tom Bosley 1960.JPG Oct 1, 1927 Oct 19, 2010 Actor Born in Chicago
Boyce, CharlesCharles Boyce 1949 Syndicated cartoonist
Braugher, AndreAndre Braugher Jul 1, 1962 Actor Born in Chicago
Bregman, BuddyBuddy Bregman Buddy Bregman 1959.JPG Jul 9, 1930 Composer
Byrnes, PatPat Byrnes Cartoonist for the The New Yorker
Cabana, ColtColt Cabana May 6, 1980 Wrestler
Calhoun, JohnJohn Calhoun John Calhoun.png Apr 14, 1808 Feb 20, 1859 Founding publisher, the Chicago Democrat Cook County Treasurer (1837-1841); Chicago City Councilman, 1841-1842
Calhoun, MoniqueMonique Calhoun Model
Chambers, JohnJohn Chambers Sep 12, 1922 Aug 25, 2001 Academy award-winning make-up artist Born in Chicago [85]
Carell, SteveSteve Carell Steve Carell 2, 2013.jpg Aug 16, 1962 Actor and comedian Lived in Chicago [citation needed]
Carr, AllanAllan Carr Allan Carr at 1989 Academy Awards.jpg May 27, 1937 Jun 29, 1999 Producer Born in Chicago
Callies, Sarah WayneSarah Wayne Callies Sarah Wayne Callies Comic-Con 4, 2012.jpg Jun 1, 1977 Actress
Castellaneta, DanDan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta cropped.jpg Oct 29, 1957 Actor and comedian Lives in Chicago
Chavarria, KyleKyle Chavarria Jan 26, 1995 Actress Born in Chicago
Chlumsky, AnnaAnna Chlumsky Dec 3, 1980 Actress Born in Chicago
Colbert, StephenStephen Colbert Stephen Colbert at Rally.jpg May 13, 1964 Comedian
Cornelius, DonDon Cornelius Don Cornelius at Soul Train 40th anniversary.jpg Sep 27, 1936 Feb 1, 2012 Creator and former host of Soul Train Born in Chicago
Crawford, CindyCindy Crawford CindyCrawfordOct09.jpg Feb 20, 1966 Model and actress Lived in Chicago [citation needed]
Cusack, JoanJoan Cusack Joan Cusack June 2010 cropped.jpg Oct 11, 1962 Actress and comedian Lives in Chicago
Cusack, JohnJohn Cusack John Cusack Comic-Con 2011.jpg Jun 28, 1966 Actor Lives in Chicago
Davis, CliftonClifton Davis Clifton Davis.jpg Oct 4, 1945 Actor, composer and minister Born in Chicago
DeCicco, ElizabethElizabeth DeCicco Actress, model, singer, and photographer
Disney, WaltWalt Disney Walt disney portrait.jpg Dec 5, 1901 Dec 15, 1966 Founder of The Walt Disney Company Born in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago
Doherty, MattMatt Doherty Jun 22, 1978 Actor
Douglas, MikeMike Douglas Mike Douglas 1966.JPG Aug 11, 1920 Aug 11, 2006 Talk show host Born in Chicago
Doyle, KatieKatie Doyle Castmember of MTV's Road Rules
Doyle-Murray, BrianBrian Doyle-Murray Oct 31, 1945 Actor Born in Chicago
Drier, MoosieMoosie Drier Aug 6, 1964 Actor and director Born in Chicago
Duncan, Michael ClarkeMichael Clarke Duncan MichaelClarkeDuncanJan09.jpg Dec 10, 1957 Sep 3, 2012 Actor Born in Chicago
Dunn, KevinKevin Dunn Aug 24, 1956 Actor Born in Chicago
Farina, DennisDennis Farina Dennis Farina 2011 Shankbone.JPG Feb 29, 1944 Jul 22, 2013 Actor Born in Chicago
Farley, ChrisChris Farley Feb 15, 1964 Dec 18, 1997 Actor and comedian Lived and died in Chicago
Farmer, MimsyMimsy Farmer Mimsy Farmer 1974.png Feb 28, 1945 Actress and sculptor Born in Chicago
Favreau, JonJon Favreau JonFavreauScreenTXMarch09.jpg Oct 19, 1966 Actor, writer, and director
Fey, TinaTina Fey Tina Fey by David Shankbone.jpg May 18, 1970 Actress, comedienne, and writer Lived in Chicago
Finley, KarenKaren Finley 1956 Performance artist, actress, artist, and recording artist Born in Chicago
Flatley, MichaelMichael Flatley Flatley alone cropped.jpg Jul 16, 1958 Dancer Born in Chicago
Flynn, NeilNeil Flynn NeilFlynnHWOFMay2012.jpg Nov 13, 1960 Actor Born in Chicago
Ford, HarrisonHarrison Ford Harrison Ford Césars 2010.jpg Jul 13, 1942 Actor Born in Chicago
Fosse, BobBob Fosse Jun 23, 1927 Sep 23, 1987 Director, choreographer, and dancer Born in Chicago
Foxx, ReddRedd Foxx Redd Foxx 1966.JPG Dec 9, 1922 Oct 11, 1991 Actor and comedian Grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago
Franz, DennisDennis Franz Dennis Franz (1994).jpg Oct 28, 1944 Actor
Freeman, KathleenKathleen Freeman Feb 17, 1919 Actress Born in Chicago
Gibbs, MarlaMarla Gibbs Marla Gibbs.jpg Jun 14, 1931 Actress Born in Chicago
Gilford, ZachZach Gilford Jan 14, 1982 Actor
Glass, IraIra Glass Ira Glass CMU 2006.jpg Mar 3, 1959 NPR broadcaster
Golonka, ArleneArlene Golonka Arlene Golonka Mayberry RFD 1969.JPG Jan 23, 1936 Actress Born in Chicago
Gordon, StuartStuart Gordon Gordon, Stuart (2007).jpg Aug 11, 1947 Playwright, screenwriter, film director and producer
Goudie, ChuckChuck Goudie Jan 17, 1956 Television reporter and columnist [citation needed]
Gray, MichaelMichael Gray Sep 2, 1951 Actor on Shazam!
Griffin, KathyKathy Griffin Nov 4, 1960 Actress and comedienne [citation needed]
Gross, MichaelMichael Gross Michael Gross at the 39th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg Jun 21, 1947 Actor Born in Chicago
Hagen, KevinKevin Hagen Apr 3, 1928 Jul 9, 2005 Actor Born in Chicago
Hannah, DarylDaryl Hannah DH 2013 Global Summit.jpg Dec 3, 1960 Actress Born in Chicago
Harris, WoodWood Harris Wood harris air force1.jpg Oct 17, 1969 Actor Born in Chicago
Hefner, HughHugh Hefner Hugh Hefner Glamourcon 2010.jpg Apr 9, 1926 Publisher Born in Chicago
Henner, MariluMarilu Henner Marilu Henner 2011.jpg Apr 6, 1952 Actress Born in Chicago
Herren, AndyAndy Herren Nov 14, 1986 Reality-TV contestant; winner of Big Brother 15; show's first openly gay winner Currently lives in Chicago
Hollmann, MarkMark Hollmann Composer and lyricist (Urinetown) [citation needed]
Howard, TerrenceTerrence Howard Terrence Howard TIFF 2011.jpg Mar 11, 1969 Actor Born in Chicago
Hudson, JenniferJennifer Hudson Sep 12, 1981 Actress, singer Born in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago
Hughes, JohnJohn Hughes Feb 18, 1950 Aug 6, 2009 Film director and screen writer
Hunt, BonnieBonnie Hunt Bonniehunt06.jpg Sep 22, 1961 Actress, comedienne, director, producer Born in Chicago
Jones, Sam J.Sam J. Jones Sam J. Jones, Svenska Mässan 2013.jpg Aug 12, 1954 Actor Born in Chicago
Jones, William JamesWilliam James Jones Actor Born in Chicago
Kaufman, PhilipPhilip Kaufman Oct 23, 1936 Film director Born in Chicago
Kilgallen, DorothyDorothy Kilgallen Dorothy kilgallen.jpg Jul 3, 1913 Media Personality, Author, Journalist, Panelist Born in Chicago
Kloss, KarlieKarlie Kloss Karlie Kloss.jpg Aug 3, 1992 Model Born in Chicago
Korman, HarveyHarvey Korman Feb 15, 1927 May 29, 2008 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Kosta, TessaTessa Kosta Tessa Kosta 01.JPG Dec 12, 1890 Aug 23, 1981 Actress (musicals) Born in Chicago
Kotis, GregGreg Kotis Playwright (Urinetown)
Lipman, ClaraClara Lipman Clara Lipman 2.JPG 1864 1952 Stage actress and playwright Born in Chicago
Livingston, RonRon Livingston RonLivingstonMay10.jpg Jun 5, 1967 Actor
Long, RichardRichard Long Dec 17, 1927 Dec 21, 1974 Actor Born in Chicago
Loprieno, JohnJohn Loprieno Oct 7, 1960 Actor Born in Chicago [86]
Lubovitch, LarLar Lubovitch Apr 9, 1943 Choreographer Born in Chicago
Mac, BernieBernie Mac BernieMacSoulMenMarch08.jpg Oct 5, 1957 Aug 9, 2008 Actor and comedian Born and died in Chicago
Machado, JustinaJustina Machado Sep 6, 1972 Actress Born in Chicago
Macy, William H.William H. Macy WilliamHMacyTIFFSept2012.jpg Mar 13, 1950 Actor and producer Lived in Chicago
Madigan, AmyAmy Madigan Amy Madigan at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered.jpg Sep 11, 1950 Actress Born in Chicago
Mahoney, JohnJohn Mahoney John Mahoney 1994.JPG Jun 20, 1940 Actor
Malden, KarlKarl Malden Karl Malden 2.jpg Mar 22, 1912 Jul 1, 2009 Actor Born in Chicago
Malkovich, JohnJohn Malkovich John Malkovich KVIFF 2.jpg Dec 9, 1953 Actor
Mamet, DavidDavid Mamet David Mamet 2 by David Shankbone.JPG Nov 30, 1947 Playwright, poet, screenwriter, and director Born in Chicago
Mann, MichaelMichael Mann Michael Mann - French Cinematheque - 4th July 2009.jpg Feb 5, 1943 Film director, writer, and producer Born in Chicago
Mantegna, JoeJoe Mantegna Joe Mantegna small.jpg Nov 13, 1947 Actor
Masak, RonRon Masak Ron Masak 1973.JPG Jul 1, 1936 Actor Born in Chicago
McCarthy, JennyJenny McCarthy Jenny McCarthy at E3 2006.jpg Nov 1, 1972 Actress and Playboy model Lived in Chicago
McCoy, LisaRayeLisaRaye McCoy LisaRaye-McCoy Chicago 100612 photoby-Adam-Bielawski.jpg Sep 23, 1967 Actress Born in Chicago
McDormand, FrancesFrances McDormand Frances McDormand 2.jpg Jun 23, 1957 Actress Born in Chicago
Metcalf, LaurieLaurie Metcalf Jun 16, 1955 Actress
Minnelli, VincenteVincente Minnelli Feb 28, 1903 Jul 25, 1986 Film director Born in Chicago
Moranis, RickRick Moranis Rick Moranis at the 62nd Academy Awards.jpg Apr 18, 1953 Actor and comedian
Morgan, CindyCindy Morgan CindyMorgan.JPG Sep 29, 1954 Actress Born in Chicago
Morgan, ReadRead Morgan Jan 30, 1931 Actor Born in Chicago
Morgan, TrevorTrevor Morgan Nov 26, 1986 Actor Born in Chicago
Morrison, JenniferJennifer Morrison Jennifer Morrison by Gage Skidmore.jpg Apr 12, 1979 Actress and producer Born in Chicago
Murray, BillBill Murray Bill Murray Deauville 2011.jpg Sep 21, 1950 Actor and comedian
Newhart, BobBob Newhart Comedian Bob Newhart.jpg Sep 5, 1929 Actor and comedian
Nichols, NichelleNichelle Nichols Nichelle Nichols by Gage Skidmore.jpg Dec 28, 1932 Actress Lives in Chicago
Nickel, RichardRichard Nickel May 31, 1928 Apr 13, 1972 Photographer Born in Chicago
Nordine, KenKen Nordine Apr 13, 1920 Voiceover and Word Jazz recording artist
Novak, KimKim Novak Kim Novak - autographed.JPG Feb 13, 1933 Actress Born in Chicago
O'Connor, DonaldDonald O'Connor Donald O'Connor in I Love Melvin trailer.jpg Aug 28, 1925 Sep 27, 2003 Actor and dancer Born in Chicago
O'Leary, MattMatt O'Leary Jul 6, 1987 Actor Born in Chicago
Palmer, KekeKeke Palmer Keke Palmer.jpg Aug 26, 1993 Actress and singer [citation needed]
Patinkin, MandyMandy Patinkin MandyPatinkin.jpg Nov 30, 1952 Actor and singer Born in Chicago
Pepper, JeannieJeannie Pepper Dave Cummings, Jeannie Pepper.jpg Jul 9, 1958 Adult film actress Born in Chicago
Perry, JeffJeff Perry Aug 16, 1955 Actor
Petersen, WilliamWilliam Petersen WilliamPetersen.jpg Feb 21, 1953 Actor
Pfister, WallyWally Pfister Jul 8, 1961 Cinematographer Born in Chicago
Piven, JeremyJeremy Piven JeremyPivenFeb09.jpg Jul 26, 1965 Actor [citation needed]
Pudi, DannyDanny Pudi Danny Pudi by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mar 10, 1979 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Ramis, HaroldHarold Ramis HaroldRamisOct2009.jpg Nov 21, 1944 February 24, 2014 Actor, director, and comedian Born in Chicago
Rancic, BillBill Rancic BillRancic Web.jpg May 16, 1971 Winner of The Apprentice Born in Chicago
Reed, RobertRobert Reed Robert Reed 1971.JPG Oct 19, 1932 May 12, 1992 Actor
Reilly, John C.John C. Reilly JohnCReillyJune09.jpg May 24, 1965 Actor Born in Chicago
Renwick, EdEd Renwick Jun 1, 1938 Political commentator on WWL-TV (CBS affiliate) in New Orleans, Louisiana Born in Chicago [87]
Rhimes, ShondaShonda Rhimes Shonda Rhimes 2008.jpg Jan 13, 1970 Screenwriter, director, and producer (creator and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy) Born in Chicago
Ricksen, LucilleLucille Ricksen Lucille Ricksen Stars of the Photoplay.jpg Aug 22, 1910 Mar 13, 1925 Actress Born in Chicago
Ridgely, JohnJohn Ridgely Sep 6, 1909 Jan 18, 1968 Actor Born in Chicago
Roberts, JustinJustin Roberts Justin Roberts WWE Ring Announcer RAW House Show 6-23-07.jpg Dec 29, 1979 WWE Raw ring announcer Born in Chicago
Robinson, CraigCraig Robinson Craig Robinson 2009.jpg Oct 25, 1971 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Rooker, MichaelMichael Rooker Michael Rooker by Gage Skidmore.jpg Apr 6, 1955 Actor Moved to Chicago at age 13 [88][89][90]
Rosenbaum, JonathanJonathan Rosenbaum Feb 27, 1943 Film critic
Runyon, JenniferJennifer Runyon Apr 1, 1960 Actress Born in Chicago
Sajak, PatPat Sajak National Memorial Day Parade, Grand Marshall, Pat Sajak, Mon 30 May 2011 (11).jpg Oct 26, 1946 Game show host Born in Chicago
Sanz, HoratioHoratio Sanz Jun 4, 1969 Actor and comedian Grew up in Chicago
Schreiber, RyanRyan Schreiber Pitchfork Media founder
Scott, StefanieStefanie Scott Stefanie Scott, No Strings Attached Premiere crop.jpg Dec 6, 1996 Actress and singer Born in Chicago
Sedaris, AmyAmy Sedaris Amy Sedaris080112.jpg Mar 29, 1961 Actress
Sedaris, DavidDavid Sedaris David Sedaris (June 2008).jpg Dec 26, 1956 Radio broadcaster and author
Shepherd, SherriSherri Shepherd Sherri Shepherd.jpg Apr 22, 1967 Actress and comedienne Born in Chicago
Sinise, GaryGary Sinise Gary Sinise.jpg Mar 17, 1955 Actor
Stagliano, JohnJohn Stagliano John Stagliano 2009.jpg Nov 29, 1951 Adult film actor and director Born in Chicago
Stashwick, ToddTodd Stashwick Todd Stashwick by David Shankbone.jpg Oct 16, 1968 Actor Born in Chicago
Stoyanov, MichaelMichael Stoyanov Dec 14, 1970 Actor Born in Chicago
Swanberg, JoeJoe Swanberg Aug 31, 1981 Film director and actor
Swanson, GloriaGloria Swanson Gloria Swanson 1941.jpg Mar 27, 1899 Apr 4, 1983 Actress Born in Chicago
T, Mr.Mr. T May 21, 1952 Actor Born in Chicago
Tajiri, ReaRea Tajiri Filmmaker Born in Chicago
Tate, LarenzLarenz Tate Sep 8, 1975 Actor Born in Chicago
Tozzi, GiorgioGiorgio Tozzi Jan 8, 1923 May 30, 2011 Singer and actor Born in Chicago
Truax, SarahSarah Truax Sarah Truax 06.JPG Feb 12, 1872 May 2, 1958 Broadway and Hollywood actress Raised in Chicago
Van Peebles, MelvinMelvin Van Peebles Melvin Van Peebles Shankbone NYC 2010.jpg Aug 21, 1932 Director Born in Chicago
Vaughn, VinceVince Vaughn Vince Vaughn by Gage Skidmore.jpg Mar 28, 1970 Actor Lives in Chicago
Wayne, CarolCarol Wayne Sep 6, 1942 Jan 13, 1985 Actress Born in Chicago
Weaver, JasonJason Weaver Jul 18, 1979 Actor and singer Born in Chicago
Wendt, GeorgeGeorge Wendt George Wendt at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped.jpg Oct 17, 1948 Actor Born in Chicago
Welch, RaquelRaquel Welch RaquelWelchApr2010.jpg Sep 5, 1940 Actress Born in Chicago
Welles, OrsonOrson Welles Orson Welles 1937.jpg May 6, 1915 Oct 10, 1985 Actor, director, writer, and producer Lived in Chicago
Wilkos, SteveSteve Wilkos 10.14.12SteveWilkosByLuigiNovi.jpg Mar 9, 1964 Talk show host Born in Chicago
Williams, RobinRobin Williams Williams, Robin (USGov) crop.jpg Jul 21, 1951 Aug 11, 2014 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Winfrey, OprahOprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey (2004).jpg Jan 29, 1954 Talk show hostess, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist
Young, RobertRobert Young Robert Young in Journey for Margaret trailer cropped.jpg Feb 22, 1907 Jul 21, 1998 Actor Born in Chicago
Zane, BillyBilly Zane Billy Zane2.jpg Feb 24, 1966 Actor Born in Chicago
Zemeckis, RobertRobert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis by David Shankbone.jpg May 14, 1951 Director, producer, and writer Born in the (Roseland) neighborhood of Chicago
Ziegfeld, FlorenzFlorenz Ziegfeld Florenz-ziegfield.jpg Mar 21, 1867 Jul 22, 1932 Empresario Born in Chicago
Zmed, AdrianAdrian Zmed AdrianZmedOct08 cropped.jpg Mar 14, 1954 Actor Born in Chicago
Zwick, EdwardEdward Zwick Edward Zwick by Bridget Laudien.jpg Oct 8, 1952 Director, producer, and writer Born in Chicago

Military[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Clark, WesleyWesley Clark General Wesley Clark official photograph, edited.jpg Dec 23, 1944 NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, four-star general, presidential candidate (2004) Born in Chicago
O'Neill, Malcolm RossMalcolm Ross O'Neill MalcolmRossONeil.JPG Mar 25, 1940 Lieutenant General, three-star general [citation needed]

Music[edit]

Politics and law[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Ashcroft, JohnJohn Ashcroft John Ashcroft.jpg May 9, 1942 Attorney General Born in Chicago
Bates, Henry MooreHenry Moore Bates Henry M. Bates.png Mar 30, 1869 Apr 15, 1949 Attorney Born in Chicago
Blagojevich, RodRod Blagojevich Blagojevich cropped.jpg Dec 10, 1956 Congressman; governor of Illinois Born in Chicago
Bowler, JamesJames Bowler Feb 5, 1875 Jul 18, 1957 Chicago alderman; U.S. Congressman Born in Chicago
Buck, Ellsworth B.Ellsworth B. Buck Jul 3, 1892 U.S. Congressman Born in Chicago [91]
Burgoyne, HarrisHarris Burgoyne Jun 30, 1910 1994 Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Byrne, JaneJane Byrne JaneByrne1985.jpg May 24, 1934 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Cermak, AntonAnton Cermak Anton Cermak cph.3b27410.jpg May 9, 1873 Mar 6, 1933 Mayor of Chicago
Chase, EnochEnoch Chase 1809 1892 State senator in Wisconsin Lived in Chicago
Cigrand, Bernard J.Bernard J. Cigrand CigrandBernard.jpeg Oct 1, 1866 May 16, 1932 Father of Flag Day in the United States Lived in Chicago
Clinton, Hillary RodhamHillary Rodham Clinton Hillary Clinton official Secretary of State portrait crop.jpg Oct 26, 1947 First lady, US senator from N.Y., Secretary of State
Coughlin, JohnJohn Coughlin

(a.k.a. "Bathhouse" John Coughlin)

Bathhouse John Coughlin.jpg Aug 15, 1860 Nov 11, 1938 Chicago alderman
Daley, Richard J.Richard J. Daley Richard Daley Sr.jpg May 15, 1902 Dec 20, 1976 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Daley, Richard M.Richard M. Daley Richardmdaley.jpg Apr 24, 1942 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Daley, William M.William M. Daley William M. Daley official portrait.jpg Aug 9, 1948 White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of Commerce Born in Chicago
Darrow, ClarenceClarence Darrow Clarence Darrow.jpg Apr 18, 1857 Mar 13, 1938 Attorney and civil libertarian Lived and died in Chicago
Douglas, PaulPaul Douglas Paul Douglas.JPG Mar 26, 1892 Sep 24, 1976 Chicago alderman, U.S. Senator, and University of Chicago economist
Douglas, Stephen A.Stephen A. Douglas Stephen A Douglas - headshot.jpg Apr 23, 1813 Jun 3, 1861 U.S. Senator, presidential candidate, noted for debating Abraham Lincoln Lived and died in Chicago
Dunne, Edward FitzsimmonsEdward Fitzsimmons Dunne EFDunne.jpg Oct 12, 1853 May 24, 1937 Governor of Illinois
Emanuel, RahmRahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel, official photo portrait color.jpg Nov 29, 1959 Current mayor of Chicago, White House Chief of Staff, US congressman Lives in Chicago
Fitzgerald, Thomas R.Thomas R. Fitzgerald 1941 Retired chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Born in Chicago [92]
Ford, BettyBetty Ford Betty Ford, official White House photo color, 1974.jpg Apr 8, 1918 Jul 8, 2011 U.S. First Lady; wife of Gerald Ford Born in Chicago
Gettelman, BernhardBernhard Gettelman Dec 23, 1889 State senator for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Grant, Alexander R.Alexander R. Grant Nov 28, 1925 State assemblyman for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Gutiérrez, LuisLuis Gutiérrez LVGOfficialPhotoPortrait.jpg Dec 10, 1953 First Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest Born in Chicago
Harlan II, John MarshallJohn Marshall Harlan II John Marshall Harlan II official.jpg May 20, 1899 Dec 29, 1971 Supreme Court justice Born in Chicago
Harris, Paul P.Paul P. Harris Paul Harris - Parque del Oeste - 01.jpg Apr 19, 1868 Jan 27, 1947 Lawyer, founder of Rotary International
Harrison, Jr., CarterCarter Harrison, Jr. Carter Henry Harrison cph.3c23214.jpg Apr 23, 1860 Dec 25, 1953 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Harrison, Sr., CarterCarter Harrison, Sr. Carter Harrison, Sr. - Brady-Handy.jpg Feb 15, 1825 Oct 28, 1893 Mayor of Chicago
Jagan, JanetJanet Jagan Janet Jagan.png Oct 20, 1920 Mar 28, 2009 Prime Minister and President of Guyana Born in Chicago
Karađorđević, PeterPeter Karađorđević Feb 5, 1980 Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia Born in Chicago
Kernan, JoeJoe Kernan Apr 8, 1946 48th governor of Indiana Born in Chicago
Lushniak, BorisBoris Lushniak RADM Boris Lushniak acting Surgeon General.jpg Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Native of Chicago
Madigan, LisaLisa Madigan Lisa Madigan 2011.jpg Jul 30, 1966 Current Attorney General of Illinois Born in Chicago
Madigan, MichaelMichael Madigan Apr 19, 1942 Current Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives Born in Chicago
Medill, JosephJoseph Medill Joseph Medill.jpg Apr 6, 1823 Mar 16, 1899 Newspaper editor, mayor of Chicago
Moyer, John GouldJohn Gould Moyer Jul 12, 1893 Jan 21, 1976 31st governor of American Samoa Born in Chicago
Ness, EliotEliot Ness Eliotness.jpg Apr 19, 1903 May 16, 1957 Federal agent; leader of The Untouchables; born in Chicago Born in Chicago
Obama, BarackBarack Obama President Barack Obama.jpg Aug 4, 1961 US senator and 44th President of the United States Lived in Chicago
Ogden, William B.William B. Ogden William B Ogden by GPA Healy, 1855.jpg Jun 15, 1805 Aug 3, 1877 Entrepreneur and first mayor of Chicago
Patrick, DevalDeval Patrick Jul 31, 1956 Governor of the Massachusetts Born in Chicago
Podesta, JohnJohn Podesta John Podesta.jpg Jan 8, 1949 White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton (1998–2001) Born in Chicago
Pucinski, RomanRoman Pucinski May 13, 1919 Sep 25, 2002 U.S. Congressman; Chicago alderman
Ramsey, Charles H.Charles H. Ramsey 1950 Chicago Police deputy superintendent; current Philadelphia Police Commissioner Native of Chicago
Riley, Antonio R.Antonio R. Riley Aug 22, 1963 State assemblyman for Wisconsin, Midwest Regional Administrator of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development Born in Chicago
Rohrer, GraceGrace Rohrer Jun 14, 1924 Oct 12, 2011 North Carolina politician, arts and women's rights advocate; first female state cabinet-level secretary in North Carolina Born in Chicago
Romell, Louis C.Louis C. Romell Apr 7, 1899 State assemblyman for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Rumsfeld, DonaldDonald Rumsfeld Rumsfeld1.jpg Jul 9, 1932 U.S. Congressman, secretary of Defense
Ryba, John JosephJohn Joseph Ryba Aug 10, 1929 State assemblyman for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Strong, Robert C.Robert C. Strong Sep 29, 1915 Dec 28, 1999 U.S. diplomat Born in Chicago
Thompson, William HaleWilliam Hale Thompson William hale thompson.jpg May 14, 1869 Mar 19, 1944 Last Republican mayor of Chicago Lived and died in Chicago
Throop, Amos G.Amos G. Throop 1811 1894 City treasurer; temperance advocate Born in Chicago
Washburne, Elihu B.Elihu B. Washburne Elihu B. Washburne - Brady-Handy.jpg Sep 23, 1816 Oct 23, 1887 Secretary of state, minister to France Lived and died in Chicago
Washington, HaroldHarold Washington Washington h.jpg Apr 15, 1922 Nov 25, 1987 First and only black mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Wentworth, JohnJohn Wentworth John Wentworth of Chicago.jpeg Mar 5, 1815 Oct 16, 1888 U.S. congressman; mayor of Chicago Lived and died in Chicago

Religion[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Cabrini, Frances XavierFrances Xavier Cabrini

(a.k.a. Mother Cabrini)

Francesca Cabrini.JPG Jul 15, 1850 Dec 22, 1917 First citizen of the US to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church Lived and died in Chicago
Eliade, MirceaMircea Eliade Mar 13, 1907 Apr 22, 1986 Religious scholar and philosopher from Romanian Lived and died in Chicago
Ham, MordecaiMordecai Ham Apr 2, 1877 Nov 1, 1961 20th Century evangelist
Jackson, JesseJesse Jackson Reverend Jesse Jackson speaking at the UN crop.jpg Oct 8, 1941 Minister, civil rights activist, presidential candidate
LaVey, AntonAnton LaVey

(born Howard Stanton Levey)

Apr 11, 1930 Oct 29, 1997 Writer of The Satanic Bible; founder of The Church of Satan Born in Chicago
Lyke, James PattersonJames Patterson Lyke Feb 18, 1939 Dec 27, 1992 Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic bishop Born in Chicago
Marquette, JacquesJacques Marquette Pere Marquette closup.JPG Jun 1, 1637 May 18, 1675 Missionary

Sports[edit]

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