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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.

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Robin Williams is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 63 (1951-2014)
Robin McLaurin Williams was an American actor and comedian. Starting as a stand-up comedian in San Francisco and Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, he is credited with leading San Francisco's comedy ...more

Harrison Ford is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 76
Harrison Ford is an American actor and film producer. He gained worldwide fame for his starring roles as Han Solo in the original Star Wars epic space opera trilogy and the title character of ...more

Bernie Mac is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 51 (1957-2008)
Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough, better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American stand-up comedian, actor and voice artist. Born and raised on the South Side of Chicago, ...more

Soulja Boy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 28
DeAndre Cortez Way, better known by his stage name Soulja Boy Tell 'Em, or simply Soulja Boy, is an American rapper, record producer, actor, and entrepreneur. In September 2007, his single ...more

John Wayne Gacy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 52 (1942-1994)
John Wayne Gacy, Jr., also known as the Killer Clown, was an American who was convicted of a minimum of 33 teenage boys and young men committed between 1972 and 1978 in Chicago, Illinois. All of ...more

Terrence Howard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 49
Terrence Howard is an actor, singer-songwriter, film producer and record producer.

Jack Benny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 80 (1894-1974)
Jack Benny was an American comedian, vaudevillian, radio, television, and film actor, and violinist. Recognized as a leading American entertainer of the 20th century, Benny portrayed his ...more

Betty Ford is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 93 (1918-2011)
Betty Ford was an actress and a writer

Jim Belushi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 64
James Adam "Jim" Belushi is an American actor, comedian and musician. He is best known for playing the role of James "Jim" Orenthal on the long-running sitcom According to ...more

R. Kelly is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 52
Robert Sylvester Kelly, known professionally as R. Kelly, is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, rapper and former professional basketball player. A native of Chicago, Illinois, ...more

Billy Zane is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 53
William George "Billy" Zane, Jr. is an American actor and producer. He is best known for playing Hughie in Kit Walker / The Phantom in The Phantom, Caledon Hockley in Titanic, and Mr. ...more

Pat Sajak is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 72
This person is an American television personality, former weatherman, actor and talk show host, best known as the host of the American television game show Wheel of Fortune.

Michael Clarke Duncan is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 55 (1957-2012)
Michael Clarke Duncan was an American actor, best known for his breakout role as John Coffey in The Green Mile, for which he was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe. He was also ...more

Ben Savage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 38
Bennett Joseph "Ben" Savage is an American actor. He is best known for his lead role as Cory Matthews on the ABC sitcom Boy Meets World and its Disney Channel sequel Girl Meets World.

Maeve Quinlan is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 54
Maeve Anne Quinlan is an American actress and former professional tennis player. She is best known for starring as Megan Conley for 10 years in The Bold and the Beautiful and for the critically ...more

Nicole Narain is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 44
Nicole Narain is an American model and actress.

Harvey Korman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Died at 81 (1927-2008)
Harvey Herschel Korman was an American comedic actor who performed in television and movie productions and was also a voice artist. His big break was being a featured performer on CBS's The ...more

Maria Shriver is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 63
Maria Owings Shriver is an American journalist, activist, author of six best-selling books, and former First Lady of California as the wife of former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. ...more

Frances McDormand is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 61
Frances Louise McDormand is an American actress. She married director and writer Joel Coen in 1984 and has starred in several of the Coen brothers' films, including Blood Simple, Raising ...more

Harold Ramis is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Died at 70 (1944-2014)
Harold Allen Ramis was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters and Russell Ziskey in Stripes; he ...more

Penny Pritzker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People From Chicago
age 59
Penny Sue Pritzker is an American business executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist who is currently serving as the 38th United States Secretary of Commerce. She is the founder ...more

Alan Berg is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 50 (1934-1984)
Alan Berg was an American attorney and Denver, Colorado, talk radio show host. Berg was notable for his largely liberal, outspoken viewpoints and confrontational interview style. On the evening ...more

Anton LaVey is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 67 (1930-1997)
Anton Szandor LaVey was an American author, occultist, and musician. He was the founder of the Church of Satan as well as the author of The Satanic Bible and the founder of LaVeyan Satanism, a ...more

Don Cornelius is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 76 (1936-2012)
Donald Cortez "Don" Cornelius was an American television show host and producer who was best known as the creator of the nationally syndicated dance and music franchise Soul Train, ...more

Ralph Bellamy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People From Chicago
Dec. at 87 (1904-1991)
Ralph Bellamy was an American actor whose career spanned 62 years on stage, screen and television. During his career, he played leading roles as well as supporting roles, garnering acclaim and