List of people from Wilmette, Illinois

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

Academics and scientists[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Emanuel, EzekielEzekiel Emanuel Zeke Emanuel Amherst.jpg 1957 Oncologist; developer of The Medical Directive: health policy adviser to the federal government
Myerson, RogerRoger Myerson Myerson roger b print.jpg Mar 29, 1951 2007 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economics co-winner [1]

Acting and modeling[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Bennett, BeckBeck Bennett October 1, 1984 Actor, current Saturday Night Live castmember Born in Wilmette
Brennan, NealNeal Brennan Neal Brennan with paper face.jpg October 19, 1973 Comedian, writer, director, producer, actor Lived in Wilmette as a child between 1978 and 1986 [2]
Heston, CharltonCharlton Heston Charlton Heston - 1953.jpg Oct 4, 1923 Apr 5, 2008 Actor Born in Wilmette [3]
Madsen, VirginiaVirginia Madsen Virginia Madsen Oscars 2009.jpg Sep 11, 1961 Actress [citation needed]
McCahill, CrystalCrystal McCahill Dec 18, 1983 Model; Playboy Playmate of the Month [4]
Murray, BillBill Murray Bill Murray Deauville 2011.jpg Sep 21, 1950 Actor and comedian Born in Wilmette
Murray, JoelJoel Murray Joel Murray Deauville 2012.jpg Apr 17, 1963 Actor Born in Wilmette
Olsson, Ann-MargretAnn-Margret Olsson Ann-Margret2.jpg Apr 28, 1941 Swedish-American actress Lived in Wilmette
Quinn, KevinKevin Quinn May 21, 1997 Actor Grew up in Wilmette [5]
Tortorella, NicoNico Tortorella Jul 30, 1988 Model and actor Born in Wilmette [6][7]
Wilson, RainnRainn Wilson Rainn Wilson 2011 Shankbone.JPG Jan 20, 1966 Actor and comedian (Dwight Schrute on the The Office) [8]


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Marshall, BenjaminBenjamin Marshall Benjamin H Marshall 001.jpg May 5, 1874 June 19, 1940 Designed such buildings as the Drake Hotel Lived in Wilmette [9]


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Crown, LesterLester Crown Jun 7, 1925 Billionaire businessman
Emanuel, AriAri Emanuel Mar 29, 1961 Co-founder of Endeavor Talent Agency Grew up in Wilmette
Hefner, ChristieChristie Hefner Christie Hefner.jpg Nov 8, 1952 Former CEO of Playboy Born in Wilmette
Kochman, CaryCary Kochman April 1965 Head of the North American Mergers and Acquisitions Group at Citigroup and the Co-Head of the Chicago Citi office Lives in Wilmette [10]
Rezko, TonyTony Rezko 1955 Restaurateur and political fundraiser convicted of fraud [11]
Ricketts, LauraLaura Ricketts Cubs visit to the White House, Laura Ricketts (02).jpg Co-owner of the Chicago Cubs; board member of Lambda Legal and the Housing Opportunities for Women organization; daughter of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts Lives in Wilmette [12][13]
Ricketts, Thomas S.Thomas S. Ricketts 20120802 Thomas S. Ricketts cropped.jpg May 23, 1963 Co-owner and Chairman of the Chicago Cubs; CEO of Incapital; Director of TD Ameritrade Holding Company; son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts Lives in Wilmette [12][13]
Trunk, PenelopePenelope Trunk Penelope Trunk.jpg December 10, 1966 Businesswoman, blogger, writer Grew up in Wilmette


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Trotter, CharlieCharlie Trotter Sep 8, 1959 Nov 5, 2013 Chef and restauranter Born in Wilmette [14]


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Abrams, CaseyCasey Abrams Caseyabrams.jpg Feb 12, 1991 Singer and musician; finalist on American Idol season 10 Lived in Wilmette; attended McKenzie Elementary School
Flaherty, KristineKristine Flaherty

(a.k.a. K.Flay)

Jun 30, 1985 Rapper Born in Wilmette
Fulks, RobbieRobbie Fulks Robbie-fulks.jpg Mar 25, 1963 Alt-country singer and musician Moved to Wilmette from Lindenhurst in 2005 [15]
Walker, MattMatt Walker Matt Walker (drummer) (cropped).JPG Drummer for Filter, The Smashing Pumpkins and Morrissey [16]
Wentz, PetePete Wentz Pete Wentz TyLiner.jpg Jun 5, 1979 Bassist and primary lyricist for the band Fall Out Boy Grew up in Wilmette


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Emanuel, RahmRahm Emanuel Rahm Emanuel, official photo portrait color.jpg Nov 29, 1959 55th Mayor of Chicago; White House Chief of Staff to President Barack Obama; Senior Advisor to President Bill Clinton, Democratic Caucus Chairman of the House of Representatives Grew up in Wilmette
Ricketts, ToddTodd Ricketts Cubs World Series Victory Parade (30142887113) (Todd Ricketts).jpg Has been named by Donald Trump for nomination as the Deputy Secretary of Commerce.

Ricketts is the co-owner of the Chicago Cubs; owner of Higher Gear Bike Shops chain; CEO of Ending Spending Super PAC; member of the World Bicycle Relief board of directors; son of TD Ameritrade founder Joe Ricketts.

Lives in Wilmette [12][13][17][18]
Ryan, JackJack Ryan Oct 6, 1959 Candidate for the United States Senate Grew up in Wilmette
Shriver, SargentSargent Shriver Sargent Shriver 1961.jpg Nov 9, 1915 Jan 18, 2011 General manager of the Merchandise Mart; first head of the Peace Corps; vice presidential nominee for George McGovern's presidential campaign Lived in Wilmette


Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Brickhouse, JackJack Brickhouse Jack Brickhouse 1958.JPG Jan 24, 1917 Aug 6, 1998 Sportscaster for the Chicago Cubs [citation needed]
Horowitz, BarryBarry Horowitz Mar 24, 1960 Wrestler with the WWE
Schroeder, JamieJamie Schroeder Sep 9, 1981 Olympic rower [19]
Skelton, BobBob Skelton Bob Skelton c. 1925 (cropped).jpg June 25, 1903 June 25, 1977 Gold medalist Olympic swimmer Born in Wilmette
Tilson, CharlieCharlie Tilson December 22, 1992 Professional baseball center fielder Born in Wilmette
Whybrow, Alexander K.Alexander K. Whybrow

(a.k.a. Larry Sweeney)

Feb 18, 1981 Apr 11, 2011 Wrestler and manager in the American independent circuit
Wingels, TommyTommy Wingels Tommy Wingels.jpg Apr 12, 1988 Center for the San Jose Sharks [citation needed]

Writing and journalism[edit]

Name Image Birth Death Known for Association Reference
Allison, JuliaJulia Allison Juliaallisonheadshot1.jpg Feb 28, 1981 Columnist Born in Wilmette
Gilson, JamieJamie Gilson July 4, 1933 Author Lives in Wilmette
Nolan, JonathanJonathan Nolan Jonathan Nolan 2 cropped.jpg British-American author and screenwriter
Olsen, DanaDana Olsen Screenwriter Lives in Wilmette
Punnett, IanIan Punnett Mar 3, 1960 Radio broadcaster Born in Wilmette
Webster, DonovanDonovan Webster Jan 13, 1959 Best-selling and award-winning journalist, author, film-maker, and humanitarian Grew up in Wilmette


  1. ^ Leavitt, Irv (October 18, 2007). "Nobel Prize winner stays on task". Wilmette Life. Pioneer Press/Sun-Times Media Group. 
  2. ^ "Neal Brennan talks about his influences, writing race-sensitive material and the state of contemporary comedy". November 30, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2016. 
  3. ^ Heston, Charlton: In The Arena, Simon & Schuster, 1995. ISBN 0-684-80394-1.
  4. ^ "Playboy's Crystal McCahill: Miss May goes to court on DUI charge". Chicago Tribune. 2009-03-20. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  5. ^ Sotonoff, Jamie; Gire, Dann (January 19, 2016). "For Disney star from Wilmette, business comes first in showbiz". Daily Herald. Arlington Heights, Illinois. Retrieved April 22, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Nico Tortorella". imdb. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  7. ^ Curt Wagner (2013-02-17). "Nico Tortorella is killing it in 'The Following". redeye Chicago. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  8. ^ Matt Pais (2008-08-20). "Wilson's local roots". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2013-03-10. 
  9. ^ Castle, George (February 2, 2012). "The Great Depression Doomed Wilmette's Most Eccentric Mansion". Patch. Retrieved April 23, 2016. 
  10. ^ "Rahm Emanuel: The Unreformed, Reformer, Part One". Retrieved April 23, 2016. Kochman, Cary Wilmette, IL 
  11. ^ Rodkin, Dennis (September 27, 2010). "Citadel Executive Is the New Owner of Rezko's Former Home". Chicago Magazine. Chicago: Tribune Publishing. Retrieved April 23, 2016. The 30-room Wilmette mansion where the now-imprisoned political wheeler-dealer Tony Rezko 
  12. ^ a b c Rodkin, Dennis (February 23, 2016). "Cubs chairman building home on Wilmette lakefront". Chicago Business. Crain's Chicago Business. Retrieved May 31, 2016. Chicago Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts is building a home on Wilmette's lakefront less than a mile north of the one his sister Laura built a few years ago. Ricketts and his wife, Cecelia, have owned a home in Wilmette since at least 1997, according to the Cook County Recorder of Deeds. They are behind a venture that bought a site on Michigan Avenue in Wilmette for $7 million in August 2013, according to people familiar with the property. Through a family spokesman, Tom Ricketts declined to comment. He became the chairman of the Cubs after a family group, including Tom, Todd and Laura Ricketts, bought the team in 2009. He is also CEO of a Chicago investment bank Incapital, which he founded in 1999.............Slightly south of the site, on Sheridan Road in Wilmette, Laura Ricketts and her wife, Brooke Skinner, live in a mansion built on a lakefront parcel near the Bahai'i Temple that Laura bought in 2010 for $6.5 million. 
  13. ^ a b c Rodkin, Dennis (May 23, 2012). "Laura Ricketts Plans New Mansion on Wilmette Lakefront". Chicago Magazine. Chicago (magazine). Retrieved May 31, 2016. Laura Ricketts, a co-owner of the Chicago Cubs, and her partner, Heidi Grathouse, have filed plans with the Village of Wilmette for a new mansion to be built on the 1.2-acre lakefront site they bought two years ago.......Two Ricketts brothers, Tom and Todd, live within six blocks of the lakefront site in Wilmette; their homes are at opposite ends of the same block, though neither is more than one-third the size of what their sister has on the boards. 
  14. ^ Grimes, William (November 5, 2013). "Charlie Trotter Dies at 54; Chef Made Chicago a Must". The New York Times. 
  15. ^ Fulks, Robbie (February 22, 2011). "robbie and nora on the north shore-a". Retrieved August 8, 2013. 
  16. ^ "Index of articles". Wilmette Life. Retrieved August 9, 2013. 
  17. ^ Johnson, Eliana; Nussbaum, Matthew (November 24, 2016). "Chicago Cubs co-owner Todd Ricketts likely deputy commerce secretary". Politico. Retrieved November 24, 2016. 
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  19. ^ "08.30.04". CNN.