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HEY, I THINK I SEE A CELEBRITY!: All Chi-Town Sightings, Week of 1/11


From time to time celebrities do step out of LA and New York to venture over to the windy city! They’re not always A-list, but what the heck, we’ll take what we can get. This week’s sightings:

  • Chicago club goers hoping to catch a glimpse of Jersey Shore cast members The Situation, Pauly D, Snooki and J-Woww were sorely disappointed when the reality stars canceled at the last minute. Their booking agent wrote a letter to the Tribune that said:

The date was postponed after we were informed by the talent that they were required to do an additional media day. The schedule overlapped… whatever flight window we had to get from there in time. What was originally a three day media tour ended as six and affected several other markets as well as Chicago.

It just goes to show that you can always expect a situation whenever The Situation is involved.

  • Jillian Harris hosted a fundraiser for Haiti earthquake victims at Rockit Bar & Grill in Wrigleyville on Sunday with co-owner Billy Dec. In an interview with Red Eye Harris talked about her addiction to the show that was her claim to fame. She said:

After I got done with The Bachelor the Jason Mesnick season, I’m like, ‘I’m not going anywhere near that show again. After I ended up being The Bachelorette I’m like, ‘I’m never watching that show again. but I’m addicted. I look forward to it all day and I make dinner and have a bottle of wine. It’s mindless drama that sort of takes your mind off your life.

Everybody needs to take their mind off their life once in awhile. Especially, if you’re stuck in a relationship with someone you met as part of an ABC reality show.

  • Former Bears quarterback Rex Grossman was spotted at Rockit in River North on Friday. Last February, Grossman, who now plays for the Houston Texans, discussed his feelings about his diastrous 6 year stint with the Bears, in an interview with Sirius Satellite Radio last February. He said:

I want to prove to everybody in Chicago, I want to prove to everybody in the media, in the NFL and to myself that I am one of the best quarterbacks in this league.

With an attitude like that, Grossman could be the next Brett Favre. Or the next wannabe Brett Favre at least.

  • Three-time World Cup veteran Brian McBride and Chicago Fire teammate Logan Pause were at Rockit on Thursday for their team’s 2010 jersey unveiling. In an interview with the New York Times, McBride, who played in the UK before being transferred to Chicago, was asked how he got along with former adversary and current teammate, Cuathemoc Blaco.

I think you find that a lot in soccer. A lot of times your teammates are your opponents and your opponents are your teammates. That part is not difficult at all. As far as friendship, I think everybody in the group are friends. I can’t speak Spanish very well, or at all. And his English is probably better than my Spanish but it’s more of a “Hello” type of friendship.

  • Gymnast Paul Hamm dined at Sunda Thursday.
  • Actor William H. Macy had dinner at Aja in the Dana Hotel Wednesday night. He recently talked about whether or not he would ever guest star on his wife Felicity Huffman‘s show Desperate Housewives with OK! Magazine. He said:

Oh, it could happen. It feels like that’s her gig, and she’s so good on the show. I love watching her on it so much, that I think it’s best that I not do it.

It’s probably is for the best that Macy doesn’t appear on the show. He would feel like the odd man out since he’s never had a face lift, botox or lip injections.

  • Talk show host Jerry Springer was seen reading the book Speech-less, which was written by former Bush speechwriter Matt Latimer, during his lunch at Bistro 110 on Wednesday. He must have been doing research for an upcoming show, When Speechwriters Attack!.
  • Harrison Ford dined at Cafe Spiaggia while in town for the Chicago premiere of Extraordinary Measures. Ford’s co-star in the movie, Brendan Fraser, credits the legendary actor with coming up with a novel solution in an on set moment when he couldn’t remember a line. He told WENN:

We’d spent an entire day… and it came (to me) and all I had to do was come up with one or two lines and, for the life of me, I couldn’t get it right… It’s the pinnacle moment. Harrison’s like, ‘F**kwit…’ I said, ‘I’m sorry, man, I can’t get the line.’ He says, ‘Yes you can, there’s money on the line. He reached over and grabbed a piece of gaffer tape, wrote it (the line) and stuck it to his forehead… and I read the line off of his forehead.

At least Ford did the gentlemanly thing and put on his forehead as opposed a less appropriate part of his body. That might have been a career ender.

  • Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews and teammates Adam Burish and Andrew Ladd had dinner at Joe’s Seafood, Prime Steak & Stone Crab on Tuesday. In October, Toews was left lying face down on the ice, after an open ice check by rival player Willie Mitchell. Teammate Patrick Kane explained the reason they chose not to retaliate in the heat of the mometn to the Tribune. He said:

Does it really do anything? I don’t really think it’s worth it. Should someone have grabbed Mitchell? Versteeg had enough courage to go do that. Maybe one of our bigger guys should have grabbed him. It’s one of those things that you’re so into the game and something happens so quickly you don’t know what to do.

That’s a good point. Although, hockey fans do love to see a good brawl.

  • The Washington Wizards’ Antawn Jamison, Caron Butler and Brendan Haywood hung out at Cuvee on Wednesday.

Source: Red Eye.

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