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
Dankmar 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]
Mortimer Adler Mortimer Adler.jpg Dec 28, 1902 Jun 28, 2001 Philosopher, educator, and popular author University of Chicago professor; lived in Chicago [2]
Milburn Akers Milburn Akers 1958.jpg May 4, 1900 May 27, 1970 Born and worked in Chicago President of Shimer College and Sun-Times editor [3]
Saul Alinsky Saul Alinsky.jpg Jan 30, 1909 Jun 12, 1972 Community organizer and writer; considered to be the founder of modern community organizing Born in Chicago [4]
Myrtle 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 [5]
Cynthia Bathurst Mathematician and animal welfare advocate [6]
Allan G. Brodie BrodieRenfroe2.jpg Oct 31, 1897 Jan 2, 1976 Orthodontics educator [7]
Jacob Bolotin Jan 3, 1888 Apr 1, 1924 The world's first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine. [8]
Daniel Burnham Daniel Burnham c1890.jpeg Sep 4, 1846 Jun 1, 1912 Architect [9]
Marvin Camras Jan 1, 1916 Jun 23, 1995 Inventor [10]
Philo Carpenter Philocarpenter.jpg Feb 27, 1805 Aug 7, 1886 First Chicago pharmacist [11]
Marva Collins Aug 31, 1936 Educator [12]
Zachary Taylor Davis May 26, 1872 Dec 16, 1946 Architect [13]
Donald J. DePorter 1942 1996 Philanthropist [14]
John 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 [15]
G. Walter Dittmar 1872 1949 First president of the Illinois State Dental Society [16]
E. Lloyd Du Brul Apr 5, 1909 Jul 24, 1996 Dental anatomist [17]
Helen Flanders Dunbar May 14, 1902 Aug 21, 1959 Early figure in U.S. psychosomatic medicine [18]
Charles E. Fox Jul 1, 1870 Oct 31, 1926 Architect [19]
James Ingo Freed Jun 23, 1930 Dec 15, 2005 Architect [20]
Marjorie Grene Dec 13, 1910 Mar 16, 2009 Philosopher [21]
Marion Mahony Griffin Walterburleygriffin (cropped)2.jpg Feb 14, 1871 Aug 10, 1961 Architect [22]
Walter Burley Griffin Walter Burley Griffin 1912.jpg Nov 24, 1876 Feb 11, 1937 Architect [23]
George Ellery Hale Portrait of George Ellery Hale.jpg Jun 29, 1868 Feb 21, 1938 Astronomer [24]
Max Henius Jun 16, 1859 Nov 15, 1935 Biochemist; co-founder of American Brewing Academy [25]
John Augur Holabird May 4, 1886 1945 Architect [26]
William Holabird Sep 11, 1854 Jul 19, 1923 Architect [27]
Helmut Jahn Jan 4, 1940 Architect [28]
William Le Baron Jenney Jenney.jpg Sep 25, 1832 Jun 14, 1907 Architect [29]
Leon Kass KassPCOB.jpg Feb 12, 1939 Writer and chair of The President's Council on Bioethics [30]
Peter Karter 1922 Mar 30, 2010 Nuclear engineer and pioneer of the recycling industry [31]
Fazlur Khan Apr 3, 1929 Mar 27, 1982 Civil engineer [32]
Edwin C. Krupp Nov 18, 1944 Astronomer, Archeoastronomer, Director Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles Born in Chicago [33]
Werner 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 [34]
T. D. A. Lingo Dec 14, 1924 May 13, 1993 Folk singer, radio personality, brain researcher Born in Chicago [35]
George W. Maher GWMaher.jpg Dec 25, 1864 Sep 12, 1926 Architect [36]
Benjamin H. Marshall 1874 Jun 19, 1940 Architect [37]
Maury Massler 1912 1990 Dental educator [38]
Charles G. Maurice Dental educator [39]
Philip Maxwell 1799 1859 Early Chicago physician [40]
Ludwig Mies van der Rohe Mar 27, 1886 Aug 19, 1969 Architect [41]
Michele Moody-Adams African American philosopher and academic administrator [42]
Frederick B. Moorehead 1875 1944 Dental educator [43]
Charles Murphy Feb 9, 1890 May 22, 1985 Architect [44]
Frederick Bogue Noyes 1872 1961 Dental educator [45]
Dwight H. Perkins Mar 26, 1867 Nov 2, 1941 Architect [46]
Ralph Pearson 1919 Inorganic chemist; developed the concept of hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB theory) Born in Chicago [47]
Sister Joel Read Dec 30, 1926 President of Alverno College; longest-serving college president in U.S. history Born in Chicago [48]
Theodore Regensteiner May 17, 1868 Inventor of the four-color lithographic press [49]
Earl W. Renfroe Renfroe.jpg Jan 9, 1907 Nov 14, 2000 Orthodontist and African-American activist [50]
Martin Roche 1853 1927 Architect [51]
John Wellborn Root JohnWRoot.png Jan 10, 1850 Jan 15, 1891 Architect [52]
John Wellborn Root, Jr. 1887 1963 Architect [53]
Isaac Schour 1900 1964 President of the International Association for Dental Research [54]
Donald Spero Aug 9, 1939 American physicist; venture capitalist; and European Rowing Championships bronze medalist and Olympic rower (1964). [55]
Leo Strauss Sep 20, 1899 Oct 18, 1973 Political philosopher [56]
Louis Sullivan LouisSullivan.jpg Sep 3, 1856 Apr 14, 1924 Architect [57]
Stanley D. Tylman 1893 1982 Dental educator, wrote Theory and Practice of Crown and Bridge Prosthesis [citation needed]
Thorstein Veblen Veblen3a.jpg Jul 30, 1857 Aug 3, 1929 Economist and social critic [58]
Sophonisba P. Breckinridge Sophonisba P. Breckenridge.jpg Apr 1, 1866 Jul 30, 1948 Founder, School of Social Works Administration at the University of Chicago Lived and worked in Chicago [59]
Frank Lloyd Wright Frank Lloyd Wright LC-USZ62-36384.jpg Jun 8, 1867 Apr 9, 1959 Architect [60]

Nobel laureates and Fields medalists[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Jane 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 [61]
Saul Bellow SaulBellow.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 [62]
Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Oct 19, 1910 Aug 21, 1995 Astrophysicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1983) University of Chicago professor; died in Chicago [63]
James Cronin James-cronin.jpg Sep 29, 1931 Aug 25, 2016 Nuclear physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1964) University of Chicago professor; born in Chicago [64]
Vladimir Drinfeld Feb 4, 1954 Pioneering mathematician; Fields medalist (1990) University of Chicago professor [65]
James 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 [66]
Enrico 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 [67]
Milton 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 [68]
Leon M. Lederman Leon M. Lederman.jpg Jul 15, 1922 Oct 3, 2018 Experimental physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1988); Director Emeritus of Fermilab; founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy; Illinois Institute of Technology professor [69]
Yoichiro Nambu YoichiroNambu.jpg Jan 18, 1921 Jul 5, 2015 Theoretical physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (2008) University of Chicago professor [70]
Theodore Schultz April 2, 1902 Feb 26, 1998 chair of the Chicago school of economics; Nobel laureate in economics (1979); University of Chicago professor [71]
Herbert A. Simon Herbert simon red complete.jpg 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 [72]
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 [73]
Frank 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 [74]
James D. Watson James D Watson.jpg April 6, 1928 Biologist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1962) Proposed the correct structure for DNA with Francis Crick while a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Sir Lawrence Bragg in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge in 1953. Grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended public schools. Graduated University of Chicago B.S. (1947) in Zoology at the age of 19. [citation needed]
Robert 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
Franklin Pierce Adams Franklin P. Adams.jpg Nov 15, 1881 Mar 23, 1960 Columnist Born in Chicago [75]
Nelson Algren Nelson Algren NYWTS.jpg Mar 28, 1909 May 9, 1981 Author [76]
John Anderson Mar 22, 1836 Feb 24, 1910 Founder and publisher Skandinaven [77]
Catherine Corley Anderson March 21, 1909 December 12, 2001 Children's author Born in Chicago [78]
K. A. Applegate Jul 19, 1956 Author [citation needed]
Allan Bloom Sep 14, 1930 Oct 7, 1992 Writer and translator [79]
Dmitri Borgmann Dmitri Borgmann (1964).png Oct 22, 1927 Dec 7, 1985 Writer [80]
Candy Dawson Boyd Aug 8, 1946 Writer and activist [81]
Ray Bradbury Ray Bradbury (1975).jpg Aug 22, 1920 Jun 5, 2012 Author Born & raised in Chicago suburb, Waukegan [82]
Gwendolyn Brooks Jun 7, 1917 Dec 3, 2000 Poet [83]
Algis Budrys Algis Budrys 1985.jpg Jan 9, 1931 Jun 9, 2008 Author [84]
Edgar Rice Burroughs E-R-Burroughs.jpg Sep 1, 1875 Mar 19, 1950 Author Born in Chicago [85]
Chris Bury Dec 10, 1953 Journalist [86]
Jack Cafferty Dec 14, 1942 Journalist Born in Chicago
Jack Canfield Jack Canfield.jpg Aug 19, 1944 Author of Chicken Soup for The Soul
John Chancellor John Chancellor White House1970.jpg Jul 14, 1927 Jul 12, 1996 Journalist
Raymond Chandler Jul 23, 1888 Mar 26, 1959 Writer Born in Chicago
Sandra Cisneros SandraCisneros.jpg Dec 20, 1954 Author Born in Chicago
Diablo Cody Diablo Cody at TIFF 2009 cropped 2.jpg Jun 14, 1978 Screenwriter
Daniel Cohen Mar 12, 1936 Children's writer Born in Chicago
Allan Cox Allan Cox.jpg 1937 Writer Residing in Chicago
Michael Crichton MichaelCrichton 2.jpg Oct 23, 1942 Nov 4, 2008 Writer Born in Chicago
James Gould Cozzens Aug 19, 1903 Aug 9, 1978 Novelist Born in Chicago
Philip K. Dick Dec 16, 1928 Mar 2, 1982 Writer Born in Chicago
Charles Dickinson 1951 Writer
Mike Downey Aug 9, 1951 Newspaper columnist
Finley Peter Dunne Finley Peter Dunne 2.jpg Jul 10, 1867 Apr 24, 1936 Writer, humorist (Mr. Dooley) Born in Chicago
Stuart Dybek 1942 Author Born in Chicago
Roger Ebert Roger Ebert crop (retouched).jpg Jun 18, 1942 Apr 4, 2013 Film critic Lived and died in Chicago
Dave Eggers Dave Eggers by David Shankbone.jpg Mar 12, 1970 Writer, editor, publisher
James T. Farrell James T. Farrell 1950s.jpg Feb 27, 1904 Aug 22, 1979 Writer Born in Chicago
Kenneth Fearing Jul 28, 1902 Jun 26, 1961 Poet, writer
Edna Ferber Edna Ferber.jpg Aug 15, 1885 Apr 16, 1968 Author, playwright
Leon Forrest Jan 8, 1937 Nov 6, 1997 Writer
Henry Blake Fuller H B Fuller.jpg Jan 9, 1857 Jul 28, 1929 Writer Born in Chicago
Mary Onahan Gallery Mary Josephine Onahan (1897).png Jul 22, 1866 Jan 12, 1941 Writer, editor
Larry Gelbart Feb 25, 1928 Sep 11, 2009 Comedy writer Born in Chicago
John Gunther Aug 30, 1901 May 29, 1970 Writer
Gary Gygax Gary Gygax Gen Con 2007.JPG Jul 27, 1938 Mar 4, 2008 Author Born in Chicago
Lorraine Hansberry May 19, 1930 Jan 12, 1965 Playwright Born in Chicago
Reidar Rye Haugan Sep 18, 1893 Oct 1, 1972 Newspaper publisher and playwright
Ben Hecht Ben Hecht.jpg Feb 28, 1894 Apr 18, 1964 Screenwriter, playwright, journalist, director, and producer Lived & worked in Chicago [87]
Larry Heinemann 1944 Novelist Born in Chicago
Ernest Hemingway ErnestHemingway.jpg Jul 21, 1899 Jul 2, 1961 Novelist, short story writer, and journalist Born & raised in Chicago suburb, Oak Park. Lived & worked in Chicago. [88]
Seymour Hersh Seymour Hersh-IPS.jpg April 8, 1937 Journalist Born in Chicago
Robert Herrick Robert Welch Herrick, 1910.jpg Apr 21, 1868 Dec 23, 1938 Novelist
Stacey Kade Author [89]
John Kass Jun 25, 1956 Journalist Born in Chicago
Ann Landers

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

Ann Landers 1983.jpg Columnist
Adam Langer 1967 Novelist Born in Chicago
Ring Lardner Ring Lardner LC-DIG-npcc-03879.jpg Mar 6, 1885 Sep 25, 1933 Sports columnist, short story writer, playwright, composer, and lyricist Worked & lived in Chicago [90]
Ring Lardner Jr. Aug 19, 1915 Oct 31, 2000 Journalist and screenwriter Born in Chicago [91]
Kirke La Shelle Kirke La Shelle 1.JPG Sep 23, 1862 May 16, 1905 Newspaper reporter, editor, playwright and producer Worked in Chicago
Leo Lerner 1907 1965 Newspaper publisher; founder of Lerner Newspapers Born in Chicago
Mike MacDonald 1960 Photographer and author [92]
Tom Mandel Sep 12, 1942 Poet Born in Chicago
Merrill C. Meigs Nov 25, 1883 Jan 26, 1968 Newspaper publisher
Susan Murphy-Milano Oct 28, 2012 Author and radio host; advocate for victims of domestic violence Born in Chicago
Charles Gilman Norris Frank Norris.jpg Apr 23, 1881 Jul 25, 1945 Author
Frank Norris Picture of F. Norris.jpg Mar 5, 1870 Oct 25, 1902 Novelist Born in Chicago
Clarence Page Jun 2, 1947 Columnist
Sara Paretsky SaraParetsky.jpg Jun 8, 1947 Novelist
Ed Paschke EdPaschkeStudio.jpg Jun 22, 1939 Nov 25, 2004 Artist Born and died in Chicago
Cissy Patterson Eleanor Cissy Patterson cph.3b29571.jpg Nov 7, 1881 Jul 24, 1948 Journalist and newspaper editor
Frederik Pohl Frederik Pohl Eaton 2008-05-17.png Nov 26, 1919 Sep 2, 2013 Author and futurist
Margaret Horton Potter MargaretHortonPotter2.tif May 20, 1881 December 22, 1911 Novelist Born and died in Chicago [93]
Henry Rago 1915 1969 Poet; editor of Poetry Magazine (1955 to 1969)
Mike Resnick Mike Resnick.jpg Mar 5, 1942 Author
Mike Royko Sep 19, 1932 Apr 29, 1997 Columnist Born and died in Chicago
Ernest Samuels May 19, 1903 Feb 12, 1996 Biographer; recipient of the Bancroft Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography Born in Chicago
Carl Sandburg Carl Sandburg NYWTS.jpg Jan 6, 1878 Jul 22, 1967 Poet; recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes Lived in Chicago [94]
Dan Savage Dan Savage Provided.jpg Oct 7, 1964 Columnist Born in Chicago
Sandra Seaton Jul 10, 1942 Playwright and librettist
Sidney Sheldon Feb 11, 1917 Jan 30, 2007 Playwright, screenwriter, novelist
William L. Shirer Shirer.jpg Feb 23, 1904 Dec 28, 1993 Journalist and historian Born in Chicago
Shel Silverstein Sep 25, 1930 May 10, 1999 Poet, songwriter, and children's writer Born in Chicago
Gene Siskel Gene Siskel at the 61st Academy Awards.jpg Jan 26, 1946 Feb 20, 1999 Film critic Born in Chicago
Dejan Stojanović Dejan Stojanovic, Chicago.jpg Mar 11, 1959 Poet, writer, essayist, philosopher, businessman, and former journalist
Alfred Szklarski Katowice - pomnik Alfred Szklarski.JPG Jan 21, 1912 Apr 9, 1992 Author Born in Chicago
Studs Terkel Studs Terkel 2007.jpg May 16, 1912 Oct 31, 2008 Broadcaster and author Lived and died in Chicago
James Tiptree, Jr. Aug 24, 1915 May 19, 1987 Author Born in Chicago
Joseph A. Tunzi Jul 25, 1953 Author, Publisher, Self-Publisher, Producer, Researcher, Archivist, Historian. Described as "one of the foremost authorities on Elvis Presley."[95] Born in Chicago
Scott Turow 1scottturow.jpg Apr 12, 1949 Author Born in Chicago
Irving Wallace Mar 19, 1916 Jun 29, 1990 Author Born in Chicago
Gene Wolfe Gene Wolfe, 2005.png May 7, 1931 Author

Business and philanthropy[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bob Bernard May 23, 1967 Feb 2, 2007 Entrepreneur
William McCormick Blair May 2, 1884 Mar 29, 1982 Financier Born in Chicago
William McCormick Blair, Jr. Oct 24, 1916 Aug 29, 2015 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
David Bohnett David Bohnett.jpg Apr 2, 1956 Philanthropist and technology entrepreneur Born in Chicago
John O. Butler Dr Butler.jpg Businessman, dentist and periodontist Born and practiced in Chicago
Charles Deering Ramon Casas Deering Portrait.jpg Jul 31, 1852 Feb 5, 1927 Businessman, art collector, and philanthropist
William Deering WilliamDeering.jpg Apr 25, 1826 Dec 9, 1913 Businessman and philanthropist
Francis Dewes 1845 German immigrant, brewer, millionaire, original owner of the historic mansion Francis J. Dewes House.
Dr. Fannie Emanuel Fannie Emanuel02.JPG Jul 31, 1871 Founded the Emanuel Settlement House
Marshall Field Portrait of Marshall Field.jpg Aug 18, 1834 Jan 16, 1906 Entrepreneur
Ada Sawyer Garrett 1856 19th Century socialite and philanthropist
William O. Goodman 1848 1936 Lumber tycoon
Robert 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
H. G. Haugan H. G. Haugan.JPG Nov 7, 1840 Railroad executive
Helge Alexander Haugan No-nb bldsa 1c061 Helge Alexander Haugan.jpg Oct 26, 1847 May 17, 1909 Banking executive
Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard at 28.jpg Aug 22, 1802 Sep 14, 1886 Early Chicago developer
Ray Kroc Ray kroc 1976.jpg Oct 5, 1902 Jan 14, 1984 First CEO of McDonald's
Matthew Laflin Dec 16, 1803 May 21, 1897 Gunpowder manufacturer and philanthropist
Charles Magnus Lindgren Nov 28, 1819 Sep 1, 1879 Shipping executive
John R. Lindgren Feb 20, 1855 Apr 29, 1915 Banking Executive
Horatio G. Loomis 1900 An organizer of the Chicago Board of Trade
Catherine T. MacArthur Nov 23, 1908 Dec 15, 1981 Philanthropist
Brooks McCormick Feb 23, 1917 Aug 15, 2006 Chief executive officer of International Harvester; Art collector Born in Chicago
Chauncey McCormick Dec 7, 1884 Sep 8, 1954 Businessman and art collector Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago
Cyrus 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
Cyrus Hall McCormick II CyrusMcCormickJr.png May 16, 1859 1936 President of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company (1884–1902) Born in Chicago
Harold 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
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
Katharine McCormick Katharine McCormick on April 22, 1913.png Aug 27, 1875 Dec 28, 1967 Biologist, suffragist, philanthropist and, heir to a substantial part of the McCormick family fortune Grew up in Chicago
Leander J. McCormick Leander J. McCormick.jpg Feb 8, 1819 Feb 20, 1900 Farmer, inventor, manufacturer, and businessman Lived and died in Chicago
L. Hamilton McCormick Leander Hamilton McCormick.jpg May 27, 1859 Feb 2, 1934 Author, inventor, art collector and sculptor. Born in Chicago
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
Robert 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
Ruth 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
William 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
William Sanderson McCormick William Sanderson McCormick.jpg Nov 2, 1815 Sep 27, 1865 Inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company Lived in Chicago
Blythe McGarvie President of Leadership for International Finance, LLC
Abraham Lincoln Neiman Jul 4, 1875 Oct 21, 1970 Businessman and member of the Neiman Marcus family
Agnes Nestor Agnes Nestor (15539).jpg Jun 24, 1880 Dec 28, 1948 Labor activist, politician, and founder of the International Glove Workers Union of America and president of Chicago Women's Union League Lived and died in Chicago [96]
William S. Paley WmSPaley1939.jpg Sep 28, 1901 Oct 26, 1990 CBS executive
Potter Palmer Potter Palmer.jpg May 20, 1826 May 4, 1902 Entrepreneur
Bertha Palmer Bertha Honore Palmer.jpg May 22, 1849 May 5, 1918 Socialite and philanthropist
George Pullman George Pullman2.jpg Mar 3, 1831 Oct 19, 1897 Entrepreneur and inventor
Frank C. Rathje Frank Rathje.jpg Aug 21, 1881 Feb 24, 1967 Depression-era banker, businessman, and philanthropist
William Donald Scherzer William Donald Scherzer 1893.jpg Jan 27, 1858 Jul 20, 1893 Inventor of the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge
W. Clement Stone Clement Stone and Gerald Ford.jpg May 4, 1902 Sep 3, 2002 Entrepreneur; founder of what is known today as AON Corporation
Edmund Dick Taylor Edmunddicktaylor.jpg Oct 18, 1804 Dec 4, 1891 Banker, railroad executive and entrepreneur; Known as "Father of the Greenback"
Ty Warner September 3, 1944 Entrepreneur known for Beanie Babies and many other successful plush toys Born in Chicago and grew up in suburban La Grange
Charles Yerkes Yerkes002.jpg Jun 25, 1837 Dec 29, 1905 Entrepreneur

Crime[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Al Capone Al Capone-around 1935.jpg Jan 17, 1899 Jan 25, 1947 Mobster
David Barksdale May 24, 1947 Sep 2, 1972 Street gang leader Leader of Folk Nation
John Dillinger John Dillinger mug shot.jpg Jun 22, 1903 Jul 22, 1934 Bank robber Died in Chicago
Jeff Fort Feb 20, 1947 Gang leader and convicted terrorist
John Wayne Gacy Mar 17, 1942 May 10, 1994 Serial killer Born in Chicago
Sam Giancana Sam Giancana.jpg Jun 15, 1908 Jun 19, 1975 Mafia boss of the Chicago Outfit Born in Chicago
Robert Hanssen Robert Hanssen.jpg Apr 18, 1944 FBI agent; convicted spy for Russia Born in Chicago
H. H. Holmes H.H.Holmes.gif May 16, 1861 May 7, 1896 Serial killer [97]
Baby Face Nelson Baby face nelson.png Dec 6, 1908 Nov 27, 1934 Mobster Born in Chicago
Jose Padilla

aka. Abdullah al-Muhajir

José Padilla.jpg Oct 18, 1970 Alleged terrorist Lived in Chicago
Jack Ruby CE5301C.jpg Mar 25, 1911 Jan 3, 1967 Killed Lee Harvey Oswald Born in Chicago
Eva Shaver midwife convicted of manslaughter while providing illegal abortions, 1915 worked in Chicago [98]
Richard Speck Dec 6, 1941 Dec 5, 1991 Mass murderer
George Streeter 1837 Jan 22, 1921 Riverboat captain and squatter Lived and died in Chicago

Fine arts[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Sigvald Asbjørnsen August 20, 1867 September 8, 1954 Sculptor
Emil Biorn June 7, 1864 1935 Sculptor, painter and composer
Edward William Carlson May 4, 1883 July 26, 1932 Artist Born and raised in Chicago
Edward Gorey Gorey28.jpg February 22, 1925 April 15, 2000 Artist Born in Chicago
Grace Jeffers September 1, 1967 Design educator Born in Chicago
June Leaf 1929 Artist Born and raised in Chicago [99]
Edgar Miller 1899 June 1, 1993 Designer, artist, sculptor, stained glass maker, wood carver, metal worker Born in Idaho Falls, moved to Chicago in 1917, died in Chicago

Frontier[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
John Kinzie Dec 3, 1763 Jan 6, 1828 Early Chicago settler Lived in what is now Chicago
Louis Jolliet Louis Jolliet.JPG Sep 21, 1645 1700 French explorer Lived for one winter in what is now Chicago
Jean 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
Gillian Anderson Gillian Anderson Berlinale 2017.jpg Aug 9, 1968 Actress Born in Chicago
Stanley Andrews Stanley Andrews 1953.JPG Aug 28, 1891 Jun 23, 1969 Actor Born in Chicago
Dominic Armato Dominic Armato.jpg Nov 18, 1976 Voice actor Born in Chicago
Patricia Arquette Patricia Arquette 2015.jpg April 8, 1968 Actress Born in Chicago
Reiko Aylesworth Reiko aylesworth.jpeg Dec 9, 1972 Actress
Barney Balaban Jun 8, 1887 Mar 7, 1971 Head of Paramount Pictures
Bob Balaban Bob Balaban 2012 Shankbone.JPG Aug 16, 1945 Actor, director and producer Born in Chicago
Adam Baldwin Adam Baldwin by Gage Skidmore.jpg Feb 27, 1962 Actor
Leonard Baldy Leonard Baldy.JPG Feb 15, 1927 May 2, 1960 Police officer; Chicago's first helicopter traffic reporter
Ryan Bank Apr 27, 1981 Media producer
Ike Barinholtz Ike Barinholtz at PaleyFest 2013.jpg Feb 18, 1977 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Ralph Bellamy Ralph Bellamy still.jpg Jun 17, 1904 Nov 29, 1991 Actor Born in Chicago
Jim Belushi Belushi.jpg Jun 15, 1954 Actor, comedian Born in Chicago
John Belushi Jan 24, 1949 Mar 5, 1982 Actor, comedian Born, lived & worked in Chicago
Chloe Bennet Chloe Bennet by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg April 18, 1992 Actress, singer Born in Chicago
Jack Benny JackBenny1958Cropped.jpg Feb 14, 1894 Dec 26, 1974 Actor, comedian Born in Chicago
Tom Berenger Tom Berenger - Monte-Carlo Television Festival.jpg May 31, 1949 Actor Born in Chicago
Edgar Bergen EdgarBergenandCharlieMcCarthyStageDoorCanteen1.jpg Feb 16, 1903 Sep 30, 1978 Ventriloquist Born in Chicago
Shelley Berman Shelley berman 1960s.jpg Feb 3, 1925 Comedian Born in Chicago
Carlos Bernard Carlos Bernard cropped.jpg Oct 12, 1962 Actor
Michael Ian Black Michael Ian Black May 2015.jpg Aug 12, 1971 Comedian Born in Chicago
Budd Boetticher Jul 29, 1916 Nov 29, 2001 Film director Born in Chicago
Tom Bosley Tom Bosley 1960.JPG Oct 1, 1927 Oct 19, 2010 Actor Born in Chicago
Charles Boyce September 21, 1949 Syndicated cartoonist
Andre Braugher Andre Braugher 2011 (cropped).jpg Jul 1, 1962 Actor Born in Chicago
Buddy Bregman Buddy Bregman 1959.JPG Jul 9, 1930 Composer
Pat Byrnes Cartoonist for The New Yorker
Colt Cabana Colt Cabana.jpg May 6, 1980 Professional wrestler Lives in Chicago [100]
John 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
Monique Calhoun Model
Charmian Carr Dec 27, 1942 Sep 17, 2016 actress Born in Chicago
John Chambers Sep 12, 1922 Aug 25, 2001 Academy Award-winning make-up artist Born in Chicago [101]
Steve Carell Steve Carell November 2014.jpg Aug 16, 1962 Actor, comedian, producer, writer and director Lived & worked in Chicago [citation needed]
Allan Carr Allan Carr at 1989 Academy Awards.jpg May 27, 1937 Jun 29, 1999 Producer Born in Chicago
Sarah Wayne Callies Sarah Wayne Callies Comic-Con 4, 2012.jpg Jun 1, 1977 Actress
Dan Castellaneta Dan Castellaneta cropped.jpg Oct 29, 1957 Actor and comedian Lives in Chicago
Kyle Chavarria Jan 26, 1995 Actress Born in Chicago
Anna Chlumsky Anna Chlumsky, 2013.jpg Dec 3, 1980 Actress Born in Chicago
Stephen Colbert Stephen Colbert December 2017.jpg May 13, 1964 Comedian, TV host, actor, and writer Lived & worked in Chicago
Lana Condor Lana Condor 2015.jpg May 11, 1997 Actress Lived in Chicago
Don 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
Cindy Crawford CindyCrawfordOct09.jpg Feb 20, 1966 Model and actress Lived in Chicago [citation needed]
Joan Cusack Joan Cusack June 2010 cropped.jpg Oct 11, 1962 Actress and comedian Lives in Chicago
John Cusack John Cusack Cannes 2014.jpg Jun 28, 1966 Actor Lives in Chicago
Clifton Davis Clifton Davis.jpg Oct 4, 1945 Actor, composer and minister Born in Chicago
Walt Disney Walt disney portrait.jpg Dec 5, 1901 Dec 15, 1966 Founder of The Walt Disney Company Born on the second floor of the house at 2156 Tripp Avenue, in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago [102]
Matt Doherty Jun 22, 1978 Actor
Mike Douglas Mike Douglas 1966.JPG Aug 11, 1920 Aug 11, 2006 Talk show host Born in Chicago
Katie Doyle Castmember of MTV's Road Rules
Brian Doyle-Murray Oct 31, 1945 Actor Born in Chicago
Moosie Drier Aug 6, 1964 Actor and director Born in Chicago
Michael Clarke Duncan MichaelClarkeDuncanJan09.jpg Dec 10, 1957 Sep 3, 2012 Actor Born in Chicago
Kevin Dunn Kevin Dunn 2014.jpg Aug 24, 1956 Actor Born in Chicago
Dennis Farina Dennis Farina 2011 Shankbone.JPG Feb 29, 1944 Jul 22, 2013 Actor, Chicago police officer Born and raised in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago [103]
Mimsy Farmer Mimsy Farmer 1975b.jpg Feb 28, 1945 Actress and sculptor Born in Chicago
Jon Favreau Jon Favreau 2016.jpeg Oct 19, 1966 Actor, writer, and director Lived & worked in Chicago
Tina Fey Tina Fey by Gage Skidmore.jpg May 18, 1970 Actress, comedian, and writer Lived & worked in Chicago
Karen Finley 1956 Performance artist, actress, artist, and recording artist Born in Chicago
Michael Flatley Flatley alone cropped.jpg Jul 16, 1958 Dancer Born in Chicago
Neil Flynn NeilFlynnHWOFMay2012.jpg Nov 13, 1960 Actor Born, lived & worked in Chicago; raised in Chicago suburb, Waukegan [104]
Harrison Ford Harrison Ford by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Jul 13, 1942 Actor Born in Chicago; raised in Chicago suburb, Des Plaines [105]
Drew Fortier Drew Fortier 2.jpg Jul 14, 1987 Musician, Filmmaker, and Actor Born and raised in Chicago [106]
Bob Fosse Jun 23, 1927 Sep 23, 1987 Director, choreographer, and dancer Born in Chicago
Redd Foxx Redd Foxx 1966.JPG Dec 9, 1922 Oct 11, 1991 Actor and comedian Grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago
Dennis Franz Dennis Franz (1994).jpg Oct 28, 1944 Actor
Kathleen Freeman Feb 17, 1919 August 23, 2001 Actress Born in Chicago
Marla Gibbs Marla Gibbs.jpg Jun 14, 1931 Actress Born in Chicago
Zach Gilford Jan 14, 1982 Actor
Ira Glass Ira Glass CMU 2006.jpg Mar 3, 1959 NPR broadcaster Lived & worked in Chicago
Arlene Golonka Arlene Golonka Mayberry RFD 1969.JPG Jan 23, 1936 Actress Born in Chicago
Stuart Gordon Gordon, Stuart (2007).jpg Aug 11, 1947 Playwright, screenwriter, film director and producer
Chuck Goudie Jan 17, 1956 Television reporter and columnist [citation needed]
Michael Gray Sep 2, 1951 Actor on Shazam!
Alexandra Grey Alexandragreyactress.jpg Jan 1, 1991 Actress and musician [citation needed]
Kathy Griffin Kathy Griffin 2015 TCA Press Tour (cropped).jpg Nov 4, 1960 Actress and comedian [citation needed]
Michael Gross Michael Gross at the 39th Emmy Awards cropped.jpg Jun 21, 1947 Actor Born in Chicago
Kevin Hagen Apr 3, 1928 Jul 9, 2005 Actor Born in Chicago
Daryl Hannah Daryl Hannah.jpeg Dec 3, 1960 Actress Born in Chicago
Wood Harris Wood harris air force1.jpg Oct 17, 1969 Actor Born in Chicago
Hugh Hefner Hugh Hefner Glamourcon 2010.jpg Apr 9, 1926 Sep 27, 2017 Publisher Born, lived & worked in Chicago
Marilu Henner Marilu Henner 2011.jpg Apr 6, 1952 Actress Born in Chicago
Andy Herren Nov 14, 1986 Reality-TV contestant; winner of Big Brother 15; show's first openly gay winner Currently lives in Chicago
Mark Hollmann Composer and lyricist (Urinetown) [citation needed]
Terrence Howard Terrence Howard TIFF 2011.jpg Mar 11, 1969 Actor Born in Chicago
Jennifer Hudson Jennifer-hudson-gesf-2018-8400.jpg Sep 12, 1981 Actress, singer Born in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago
John Hughes Feb 18, 1950 Aug 6, 2009 Film director and screenwriter Raised in Chicago suburb, Northbrook. Lived & worked in Chicago.
Bonnie Hunt Bonniehunt06.jpg Sep 22, 1961 Actress, comedian, director, producer Born in Chicago
Sam J. Jones Sam J. Jones, Svenska Mässan 2013.jpg Aug 12, 1954 Actor Born in Chicago
William James Jones Actor Born in Chicago
Philip Kaufman Philip Kaufman 03.jpg Oct 23, 1936 Film director Born in Chicago
Rachna Khatau January 29, 1981 Actress, writer, singer Raised in Chicago
Dorothy Kilgallen Jul 3, 1913 Media Personality, Author, Journalist, Panelist Born in Chicago
Karlie Kloss Karlie Kloss.jpg Aug 3, 1992 Model Born in Chicago
Harvey Korman Harvey-Korman.jpg Feb 15, 1927 May 29, 2008 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Tessa Kosta Tessa Kosta 01.JPG Dec 12, 1890 Aug 23, 1981 Actress (musicals) Born in Chicago
Greg Kotis Playwright (Urinetown)
Clara Lipman Clara Lipman 2.JPG 1864 1952 Stage actress and playwright Born in Chicago
Ron Livingston RonLivingstonMay10.jpg Jun 5, 1967 Actor
Richard Long Nanny and the Professor Richard Long 1970.jpg Dec 17, 1927 Dec 21, 1974 Actor Born in Chicago
John Loprieno Oct 7, 1960 Actor Born in Chicago [107]
Lar Lubovitch Lar Lubovitch - 1971.jpg Apr 9, 1943 Choreographer Born in Chicago
Bernie Mac BernieMacSoulMenMarch08.jpg Oct 5, 1957 Aug 9, 2008 Actor and comedian Born and died in Chicago
Justina Machado Justina Machado at Queen of the South at ATX.jpg Sep 6, 1972 Actress Born in Chicago
William H. Macy WilliamHMacyTIFFSept2012.jpg Mar 13, 1950 Actor and producer Lived in Chicago
Amy Madigan Amy Madigan at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped and altered.jpg Sep 11, 1950 Actress Born in Chicago
John Mahoney John Mahoney 1994.JPG Jun 20, 1940 Feb 4, 2018 Actor Lived & worked in Chicago
Karl Malden Karl Malden - autographed.jpg Mar 22, 1912 Jul 1, 2009 Actor Born in Chicago
John Malkovich John Malkovich KVIFF 2.jpg Dec 9, 1953 Actor Lived & worked in Chicago
David Mamet David Mamet 2 by David Shankbone.JPG Nov 30, 1947 Playwright, poet, screenwriter, and director Born, lived & worked in Chicago [108]
Michael Mann Michael Mann - French Cinematheque - 4th July 2009.jpg Feb 5, 1943 Film director, writer, and producer Born in Chicago
Joe Mantegna JoeMantegnaMay08.jpg Nov 13, 1947 Actor
Ron Masak Ron Masak 1973.JPG Jul 1, 1936 Actor Born in Chicago
Jenny McCarthy Jenny McCarthy at E3 2006.jpg Nov 1, 1972 Actress and Playboy model Lived in Chicago
LisaRaye McCoy LisaRaye-McCoy Chicago 100612 photoby-Adam-Bielawski.jpg Sep 23, 1967 Actress Born in Chicago
Frances McDormand Frances McDormand 2015 (cropped).jpg Jun 23, 1957 Actress Born in Chicago
Laurie Metcalf Lauriemetcalf.jpg Jun 16, 1955 Actress
Vincente Minnelli Feb 28, 1903 Jul 25, 1986 Film director Born in Chicago
Kel Mitchell Womens Image Network Awards (52).jpg Aug 25, 1978 Actor and comedian Born In Chicago
Rick Moranis Rick Moranis at the 62nd Academy Awards.jpg Apr 18, 1953 Actor and comedian
Cindy Morgan CindyMorgan.JPG Sep 29, 1954 Actress Born in Chicago
Read Morgan Jan 30, 1931 Actor Born in Chicago
Trevor Morgan Nov 26, 1986 Actor Born in Chicago
Jennifer Morrison Jennifer Morrison SDCC 2014.jpg Apr 12, 1979 Actress and producer Born in Chicago
Bill Murray Bill Murray by Gage Skidmore.jpg Sep 21, 1950 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago suburb, Evanston; raised in Wilmette; lived & worked in Chicago [109]
Bob Newhart Comedian Bob Newhart.jpg Sep 5, 1929 Actor and comedian
Nichelle Nichols Nichelle Nichols by Gage Skidmore.jpg Dec 28, 1932 Actress Lives in Chicago
Richard Nickel May 31, 1928 Apr 13, 1972 Photographer Born in Chicago
Ken Nordine Apr 13, 1920 Voiceover and Word Jazz recording artist
Kim Novak 611px-Kim Novak.jpeg Feb 13, 1933 Actress Born in Chicago
Donald O'Connor Donald O'Connor 1952.JPG Aug 28, 1925 Sep 27, 2003 Actor and dancer Born in Chicago
Matt O'Leary Fat-Kid-Premiere-025.jpg Jul 6, 1987 Actor Born in Chicago
Keke Palmer Keke Palmer.jpg Aug 26, 1993 Actress and singer [citation needed]
Mandy Patinkin MandyPatinkin.jpg Nov 30, 1952 Actor and singer Born in Chicago
Jeannie Pepper Dave Cummings, Jeannie Pepper.jpg Jul 9, 1958 Adult film actress Born in Chicago
Jeff Perry Aug 16, 1955 Actor
William Petersen WilliamPetersen.jpg Feb 21, 1953 Actor Born in Chicago suburb, Evanston; lived & worked in Chicago [110]
Wally Pfister Jul 8, 1961 Cinematographer Born in Chicago
Jeremy Felton Jeremih 2015.jpg July 17, 1987 Rapper
Jeremy Piven JeremyPivenFeb09.jpg Jul 26, 1965 Actor [citation needed]
Bonnie Poe October 15, 1912 October 16, 1993 Actress, voice actress Born in Chicago
Danny Pudi Danny Pudi by Gage Skidmore 2.jpg Mar 10, 1979 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
CM Punk CM Punk new nexus.jpg October 26, 1978 Mixed martial artist, comic book writer, retired professional wrestler Born & lives in Chicago [111]
Harold Ramis Harold Ramis Oct 2009.jpg Nov 21, 1944 February 24, 2014 Actor, director, and comedian Born, lived & worked in Chicago [112]
Bill Rancic BillRancic Web.jpg May 16, 1971 Winner of The Apprentice Born in Chicago
Robert Reed Robert Reed 1971.JPG Oct 19, 1932 May 12, 1992 Actor
John C. Reilly JohnCReillyJune09.jpg May 24, 1965 Actor Born in Chicago
Ed Renwick Jun 1, 1938 Political commentator on WWL-TV (CBS affiliate) in New Orleans, Louisiana Born in Chicago [113]
Shonda Rhimes Shonda Rhimes 2008.jpg Jan 13, 1970 Screenwriter, director, and producer (creator and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy) Born in Chicago
Lucille Ricksen Lucille Ricksen starso1924.jpg Aug 22, 1910 Mar 13, 1925 Actress Born in Chicago
John Ridgely Sep 6, 1909 Jan 18, 1968 Actor Born in Chicago
Justin Roberts Justin Roberts WWE Ring Announcer RAW House Show 6-23-07.jpg Dec 29, 1979 Professional wrestling ring announcer Born in Chicago
Craig Robinson Craig Robinson 2009.jpg Oct 25, 1971 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Michael Rooker Michael Rooker SDCC 2013 Guardians.jpg Apr 6, 1955 Actor Moved to Chicago at age 13 [114][115][116]
Jonathan Rosenbaum Feb 27, 1943 Film critic
Jennifer Runyon Jennifer Runyon at the Chiller Theatre Expo 2017.jpg Apr 1, 1960 Actress Born in Chicago
Robert Ryan Robert Ryan in Marine Raiders.JPG Nov 11, 1909 Jul 11, 1973 Actor Born in Chicago
Pat Sajak National Memorial Day Parade, Grand Marshall, Pat Sajak, Mon 30 May 2011 (11).jpg Oct 26, 1946 Game show host Born in Chicago
Horatio Sanz Jun 4, 1969 Actor and comedian Grew up in Chicago
Stefanie Scott Stefanie Scott, No Strings Attached Premiere crop.jpg Dec 6, 1996 Actress and singer Born in Chicago
Amy Sedaris Amy Sedaris080112.jpg Mar 29, 1961 Actress Lived & worked in Chicago
David Sedaris David Sedaris (June 2008).jpg Dec 26, 1956 Radio broadcaster and author
Sherri Shepherd Sherri Shepherd.jpg Apr 22, 1967 Actress and comedian Born in Chicago
Gary Sinise Gary Sinise 2011 (cropped).jpg Mar 17, 1955 Actor; co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre Company Born in Chicago suburb, Blue Island. Lived & worked in Chicago. [117]
John Stagliano John Stagliano 2009.jpg Nov 29, 1951 Adult film actor and director Born in Chicago
Todd Stashwick Todd Stashwick - NYCC 2015 Con Man Bus.jpg Oct 16, 1968 Actor Born in Chicago
Michael Stoyanov Dec 14, 1970 Actor Born in Chicago
Joe Swanberg Joe Swanberg 2014.jpg Aug 31, 1981 Film director and actor Lives & works in Chicago
Gloria Swanson Gloria Swanson - 1950.jpg Mar 27, 1899 Apr 4, 1983 Actress Born in Chicago
Mr. T Mr T WWE Hall of Fame 2014 (cropped).jpg May 21, 1952 Actor, evangelist Born in Chicago
Rea Tajiri Filmmaker Born in Chicago
Larenz Tate Sep 8, 1975 Actor Born in Chicago
Giorgio Tozzi Jan 8, 1923 May 30, 2011 Singer and actor Born in Chicago
Sarah Truax Sarah Truax 06.JPG Feb 12, 1872 May 2, 1958 Broadway and Hollywood actress Raised in Chicago
Melvin Van Peebles Lozupone-melvinvanpeebles2015.png Aug 21, 1932 Director Born in Chicago
Vince Vaughn Vince Vaughn by Gage Skidmore 3.jpg Mar 28, 1970 Actor Raised in Chicago suburbs, Buffalo Grove and Lake Forest; worked and lives in Chicago [118]
Matt Walsh Matt Walsh 2014.jpg October 13, 1964 Comedian, co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade Born, lived & worked in Chicago
Carol Wayne Sep 6, 1942 Jan 13, 1985 Actress Born in Chicago
Jason Weaver Jul 18, 1979 Actor and singer Born in Chicago
George Wendt George Wendt at the 41st Emmy Awards cropped.jpg Oct 17, 1948 Actor Born, lived & worked in Chicago
Raquel Welch RaquelWelchApr2010(2).jpg Sep 5, 1940 Actress Born in Chicago
Orson Welles Orson-Welles-Studio-1938.jpg May 6, 1915 Oct 10, 1985 Actor, director, writer, and producer Lived in Chicago
Steve Wilkos 10.14.12SteveWilkosByLuigiNovi.jpg Mar 9, 1964 Talk show host Born in Chicago
Robin Williams Robin Williams (6451536411) (cropped).jpg Jul 21, 1951 Aug 11, 2014 Actor and comedian Born in Chicago
Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey (2004).jpg Jan 29, 1954 Talk show hostess, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist Lived & worked in Chicago
Robert Young Robert Young in Journey for Margaret trailer cropped.jpg Feb 22, 1907 Jul 21, 1998 Actor Born in Chicago
Billy Zane Billy Zane2.jpg Feb 24, 1966 Actor Born in Chicago
Robert Zemeckis Robert Zemeckis "The Walk" at Opening Ceremony of the 28th Tokyo International Film Festival (21835891403) (cropped).jpg May 14, 1951 Director, producer, and writer Born in the Roselandneighborhood of Chicago
Florenz Ziegfeld Florenz-Ziegfeld-1928.jpg Mar 21, 1867 Jul 22, 1932 Impresario Born in Chicago
Adrian Zmed AdrianZmedOct08 cropped.jpg Mar 14, 1954 Actor Born in Chicago
Edward 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
Russell A. Berg Jan 6, 1917 U.S. Air Force Brigadier General Born in Chicago
Wesley 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
Malcolm Ross O'Neill Portrait of U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Malcolm R. O'Neill.jpg Mar 25, 1940 Lieutenant General, three-star general Born in Chicago [citation needed]
Fred S. Robillard Fred S. Robillard.jpg September 14, 1890 January 31, 1971 Major general, USMC; He was in charge of Marine Motor Transportation during World War II Born in Chicago [119]

Music[edit]

Politics and law[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
John Ashcroft John Ashcroft.jpg May 9, 1942 U.S. Attorney General Born in Chicago
Henry Moore Bates Henry M. Bates.png Mar 30, 1869 Apr 15, 1949 Attorney Born in Chicago
Rod Blagojevich Blagojevich cropped.jpg Dec 10, 1956 Congressman; governor of Illinois Born in Chicago
James Bowler JamesBowler.jpg Feb 5, 1875 Jul 18, 1957 Chicago alderman; U.S. Congressman Born in Chicago
Frederick Van Ness Bradley FrederickVanNessBradley.jpg Apr 12, 1898 May 24, 1947 politician from the U.S. state of Michigan Born in Chicago
Bryant B. Brooks BryantBBrooks.jpg Feb 5, 1861 Dec 8, 1944 served in Wyoming's second state legislature and two terms as Governor of Wyoming 1905-1911 lived in Chicago attending business school [120]
Corinne Stubbs Brown CORINNE STUBBS BROWN.jpg 1848 1914 Marxist social activist Born in Chicago
Ellsworth B. Buck Ellsworth Buck.jpg Jul 3, 1892 U.S. Congressman Born in Chicago [121]
Harris Burgoyne Jun 30, 1910 1994 Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Jane Byrne Jane Bryne.jpg May 24, 1934 November 14, 2014 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Anton Cermak Anton Cermak cph.3b27410.jpg May 9, 1873 Mar 6, 1933 Mayor of Chicago
Enoch Chase 1809 1892 State senator in Wisconsin Lived in Chicago
Richard M. Chitwood Richard M. Chitwood of TX.jpg 1878 1926 State representative in Sweetwater, Texas Native of Alabama; attended Morgan Park Academy in Chicago
Bernard J. Cigrand CigrandBernard.jpeg Oct 1, 1866 May 16, 1932 Father of Flag Day in the United States Lived in Chicago
Hillary Rodham Clinton Hillary Clinton crop.jpg Oct 26, 1947 First lady, US senator from N.Y., Secretary of State
John Coughlin

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

Bathhouse John Coughlin.jpg Aug 15, 1860 Nov 11, 1938 Chicago alderman
Timothy T. Cronin Jun 27, 1884 Sep 20, 1955 U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Richard J. Daley Richard Daley Sr.jpg May 15, 1902 Dec 20, 1976 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Richard M. Daley RMDaleyCropped.png Apr 24, 1942 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
William M. Daley William M. Daley official portrait (1).jpg Aug 9, 1948 White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of Commerce Born in Chicago
Clarence Darrow Clarence Darrow.jpg Apr 18, 1857 Mar 13, 1938 Attorney and civil libertarian Lived and died in Chicago
Paul Douglas Paul Douglas.JPG Mar 26, 1892 Sep 24, 1976 Chicago alderman, U.S. Senator, and University of Chicago economist
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
Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne EFDunne.jpg Oct 12, 1853 May 24, 1937 Governor of Illinois
Rahm 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
Thomas R. Fitzgerald 1941 Retired chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court Born in Chicago [122]
Betty 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
Bernhard Gettelman Dec 23, 1889 State senator for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
John S. Gleason, Jr. Feb 11, 1915 May 2, 1993 6th Administrator of Veterans Affairs (1961–65) Born in Chicago
Alexander R. Grant Nov 28, 1925 State assemblyman for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Luis Gutiérrez Luis Gutiérrez official photo.jpg Dec 10, 1953 First Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest Born in Chicago
John Marshall Harlan II John Marshall Harlan II official.jpg May 20, 1899 Dec 29, 1971 Supreme Court justice Born in Chicago
Paul P. Harris Paul Harris - Parque del Oeste - 01.jpg Apr 19, 1868 Jan 27, 1947 Lawyer, founder of Rotary International
Carter Harrison, Jr. Carter Henry Harrison cph.3c23214.jpg Apr 23, 1860 Dec 25, 1953 Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Carter Harrison, Sr. Carter Harrison, Sr. - Brady-Handy.jpg Feb 15, 1825 Oct 28, 1893 Mayor of Chicago
Janet Jagan Janet Jagan.png Oct 20, 1920 Mar 28, 2009 Prime Minister and President of Guyana Born in Chicago
Byron L. Johnson Byron L. Johnson (Colorado Congressman).jpg Oct 12, 1917 Jan 6, 2000 economist and U.S. Representative from Colorado Born in Chicago
Peter Karađorđević Његово Краљевско Височанство Принц Наследник Петар Карађорђевић од Србија.jpg Feb 5, 1980 Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia Born in Chicago
Joe Kernan Joe Kernan.jpg Apr 8, 1946 48th governor of Indiana Born in Chicago
Edward Joseph Kelly EdwardJKelly.jpg Apr 17, 1933 Apr 15, 1947 36th Mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
Boris Lushniak RADM Boris Lushniak acting Surgeon General.jpg Assistant Surgeon General of the United States Native of Chicago
Lisa Madigan Lisa Madigan 2011.jpg Jul 30, 1966 Attorney General of Illinois Born in Chicago
Michael Madigan Michael Madigan Cropped.png Apr 19, 1942 Current Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives Born in Chicago
Joseph Medill Joseph Medill.jpg Apr 6, 1823 Mar 16, 1899 Newspaper editor, mayor of Chicago
John Gould Moyer Jul 12, 1893 Jan 21, 1976 31st governor of American Samoa Born in Chicago
Eliot Ness Eliotness.jpg Apr 19, 1903 May 16, 1957 Federal agent; leader of The Untouchables; born in Chicago Born in Chicago
Barack Obama President Barack Obama, 2012 portrait crop.jpg Aug 4, 1961 US senator and 44th President of the United States Lives in Chicago
William B. Ogden William B Ogden by GPA Healy, 1855.jpg Jun 15, 1805 Aug 3, 1877 Entrepreneur and first mayor of Chicago
Deval Patrick Deval Patrick 01-12-2011 Alianza Chile-Massachusetts (6443374287) (cropped).jpg Jul 31, 1956 Governor of Massachusetts Born in Chicago
John Podesta John Podesta.jpg Jan 8, 1949 White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton (1998–2001) Born in Chicago
Roman Pucinski RomanPucinski.jpg May 13, 1919 Sep 25, 2002 U.S. Congressman; Chicago alderman
Charles H. Ramsey 1950 Chicago Police deputy superintendent; current Philadelphia Police Commissioner Native of Chicago
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
Grace 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
Louis C. Romell Apr 7, 1899 State assemblyman for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Donald Rumsfeld Rumsfeld1.jpg Jul 9, 1932 U.S. Congressman, secretary of Defense
John Joseph Ryba Aug 10, 1929 State assemblyman for Wisconsin Born in Chicago
Robert C. Strong Sep 29, 1915 Dec 28, 1999 U.S. diplomat Born in Chicago
William Hale Thompson William Hale Thompson head shot.tif May 14, 1869 Mar 19, 1944 Last Republican mayor of Chicago Lived and died in Chicago
Amos G. Throop 1811 1894 City treasurer; temperance advocate Born in Chicago
Jazep Varonka Jazep Varonka.gif Apr 4, 1891 Jun 4, 1952 First Chairman of the People's Secretariat (i.e. Prime Minister) of the Belarusian National Republic Lived and died in Chicago [123]
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
Harold Washington Washington h.jpg Apr 15, 1922 Nov 25, 1987 First black mayor of Chicago Born in Chicago
John 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]

Dwight L. Moody

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Frances 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
Mircea Eliade Mar 13, 1907 Apr 22, 1986 Religious scholar and philosopher from Romanian Lived and died in Chicago
Mordecai Ham Apr 2, 1877 Nov 1, 1961 20th Century evangelist
Jesse Jackson Reverend Jesse Jackson speaking at the UN crop.jpg Oct 8, 1941 Minister, civil rights activist, presidential candidate
Anton 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
James Patterson Lyke Feb 18, 1939 Dec 27, 1992 Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic bishop Born in Chicago
Jacques Marquette Pere Marquette closup.JPG Jun 1, 1637 May 18, 1675 Missionary
Jeff Seidel 1957 Orthodox Judaism outreach worker in Jerusalem, director of the Jewish Student Information Center Born in Chicago [124]
Binyomin Adler Dec 31, 1969 Shabbos Taam HaChaim Orthodox Rabbi, prolific author Born and lives in Chicago

Sports[edit]

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