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Famous People From Chicago

Updated June 14, 2019 81.3k views1.0k items

List of famous people from Chicago, including photos when available. The people below are listed by their popularity, so the most recognizable names are at the top of the list. Some of the people below are celebrities born in Chicago, while others are simply notable locals. If you're from Chicago you might already know that these prominent figures are also from your hometown, but some of the names below may really surprise you. This list includes people who were born and raised in Chicago, as well as those who were born there but moved away at a young age.

List features Don Cornelius, Lynn Morley Martin and more.

If you want to answer the questions, "Which famous people are from Chicago?" or "Which celebrities were born in Chicago?" then this list is a great resource for you.
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  • Bernie Mac

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  • Soulja Boy

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  • John Wayne Gacy

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  • Jack Benny

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  • Betty Ford

    Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)
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    Age: 53
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  • Michael Clarke Duncan

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  • Ben Savage

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  • Harold Ramis

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    Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)
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    Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)
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    Age: 95
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