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HEY, I THINK I SEE A CELEBRITY! All Chi-Town Sightings, Week of 6/7

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 hell, we’ll take what we can get. This week’s sightings:

  • The Cubs’ Aramis Ramirez and the Bears Julius Peppers hung out at Lumen on Thursday and Friday respectively.
  • Peppers and the New Orleans Saints Pierre Thomas watched Game 5 of the Stanley Cup finals separately at Bull & Bear. Hopefully they didn’t compare the terms of their contracts, since Peppers recently signed a six year deal with the Bears worth over $91.5 million, while negotiations are currently stalled between Thomas and the Saints. His agent, Lamont Smith, recently released a statement to the press that said:

Pierre has played three years for the league minimum salary and received a $5,000 signing bonus. If not now, when will he get security?

  • The Hills star Audrina Patridge dined at Rockit Bar & Grill in River North on Friday. Patridge says she hasn’t been fooled by her former Hills co-star Heidi Montag‘s recent split from husband Spencer Pratt. At the MTV Movie Awards, she told People magazine:

I think it’s a joke. I don’t believe it. They’re inseparable and in love.

Patridge may believe the split is a joke, but she was serious when she commented on Montag’s plastic surgery transformation in January. She said:

I think it’s a case of to each his own, but 10 procedures in one day is a little much.

Patridge has had work done herself, although in Hollywood, where there’s a fine line between “too much” and just enough plastic surgery, getting a nose job and chin reduction is just another day at the office.

  • Patrick Kane, Jonathan Toews, Adam Burish and Patrick Sharp kept the Stanley Cup celebration going Saturday at Sunda and the Underground. Hawks players also partied at Manor on Saturday with Vince Vaughn and Good Charlotte‘s Joel and Benji Madden. Like its sister early 00’s pop punk band, Blink 182, Good Charlotte is also staging a comeback; celebrating its tenth anniversary with the release of a new album. The duo told Billboard magazine that working out in the gym was their solution to a creative slump:

We had made a record, almost to completion and we started listening to the rough mixes. We had a listening session with me and Benj and the producer. And we were just so disappointed with ourselves. We went away to Vancouver. We said, ‘We’re gonna get this, we’re gonna do it.’ We started fresh in a lot of ways. Beyond just musically. Like, we started working out. We were disciplined everyday. We got up, we worked out. We went to the studio. That’s what our whole life was for two months.

Sounds like bands like Creed, should seriously consider getting a Bally’s membership ASAP.

  • The Hawks’ Dustin Byfuglien and the White Sox’s Jake Peavy and John Danks were spotted at The Fifty/50 on Saturday. Byfuglien’s intense performance, which has been showcased in a Youtube clip of the hockey star shoving the Philadelphis Flyers’ Chris Pronger into the sidelines, no doubt contributed to the Hawks’ Stanley Cup win. Chicago hockey fans will be forever grateful for having the chance to throw a parade and start drinking at noon on a Friday.
  • Also on Saturday night, 90s rock stars Better Than Ezra partied at Faith & Whiskey. Despite the fact that their last album, peaked at #62 on the US charts, the band received a different kind of honor when country superstar Taylor Swift covered their song “Breathless” for the Hope for Haiti television special in January. If they’re lucky, maybe Miley Cyrus will cover “Good” for a charity special for the BP oil spill.
  • Lil Kim may have been voted off Dancing With The Stars in May, despite high marks from the judges throughout the competition, but that didn’t stop her from  making an appearance at Enclave Friday Night as part of their Ciroc Music series. The rapper and plastic surgery aficionado told the Chicago Tribune’s About Last Night blogger Luis Arroyave that she has shifted her focus from full length albums to producing Itunes friendly singles:

I’m not really focusing on a new album. I’m focusing more on singles. I’m dropping a single in July. I’m going to keep dropping singles until I think fans are ready for an album.

Kim, who who rose to fame in videos like “Crush on You” in the  mid 90s, has not been flattered with the comparisons between her and up and coming hip hop star Nicki Minaj, who like Kim, has been seen sporting neon colored wigs in her live performances. She addressed the feud saying:

I never like that attention. Here’s the thing. I did a record with them and we were supposed to do a video. they didn’t want her to stand next to me so they pulled the record back. And you know basically they pinned it on me. They didn’t want to do it. My thing was, I waved the white flag. I wanted to do the song.

At a recent concert, she also referred to the current crop of singers aping her style:

We love them. We just want them to pay homage, so we can all rock together. It’s about respect: You respect me, I respect you. If you don’t respect me, then f— you.

  • The Detroit Tigers Johnny Damon had  a late dinner with his wife at David Burke’s Primehouse in the James Hotel on June 6.
  • Extra host Mario Lopez dined with family at Epic June 5. The presence of his family must have been the reason the former Saved by the Bell heartthrob remained wearing a shirt for the duration of the meal.

Source: Red Eye.

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