List of people from Chicago
The following list includes notable people who were born or have lived in Chicago, Illinois. For a similar list organized alphabetically by last name, see the category page People from Chicago, Illinois.
Academics, science, and engineeringEdit
|Dankmar Adler||Jul 3, 1844||Apr 16, 1900||Architect: designed the Guaranty Building, Chicago Stock Exchange Building, and Wainwright Building which is considered to be the world's first skyscraper||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Mortimer Adler||Dec 28, 1902||Jun 28, 2001||Philosopher, educator, and popular author||University of Chicago professor; lived in Chicago|||
|Milburn Akers||May 4, 1900||May 27, 1970||Born and worked in Chicago||President of Shimer College and Sun-Times editor|||
|Saul Alinsky||Jan 30, 1909||Jun 12, 1972||Community organizer and writer; considered to be the founder of modern community organizing||Born in Chicago|||
|Myrtle Bachelder||Mar 13, 1908||May 22, 1997||Metals chemist and Women's Army Corps officer; worked on the Manhattan Project||University of Chicago professor; lived and died in Chicago|||
|Cynthia Bathurst||Mathematician and animal welfare advocate|||
|Allan G. Brodie||Oct 31, 1897||Jan 2, 1976||Orthodontics educator|||
|Jacob Bolotin||Jan 3, 1888||Apr 1, 1924||The world's first totally blind physician fully licensed to practice medicine.|||
|Daniel Burnham||Sep 4, 1846||Jun 1, 1912||Architect|||
|Marvin Camras||Jan 1, 1916||Jun 23, 1995||Inventor|||
|Philo Carpenter||Feb 27, 1805||Aug 7, 1886||First Chicago pharmacist|||
|Marva Collins||Aug 31, 1936||Jun 24, 2015||Educator|||
|Zachary Taylor Davis||May 26, 1872||Dec 16, 1946||Architect|||
|Donald J. DePorter||1942||1996||Philanthropist|||
|John Dewey||Oct 20, 1859||Jun 1, 1952||Philosopher, psychologist, and educational reformer; an early developer of pragmatism and one of the founders of functional psychology||University of Chicago Professor and founder of the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools|||
|G. Walter Dittmar||1872||1949||First president of the Illinois State Dental Society|||
|E. Lloyd Du Brul||Apr 5, 1909||Jul 24, 1996||Dental anatomist|||
|Helen Flanders Dunbar||May 14, 1902||Aug 21, 1959||Early figure in U.S. psychosomatic medicine|||
|Charles E. Fox||Jul 1, 1870||Oct 31, 1926||Architect|||
|James Ingo Freed||Jun 23, 1930||Dec 15, 2005||Architect|||
|Marjorie Grene||Dec 13, 1910||Mar 16, 2009||Philosopher|||
|Marion Mahony Griffin||Feb 14, 1871||Aug 10, 1961||Architect|||
|Walter Burley Griffin||Nov 24, 1876||Feb 11, 1937||Architect|||
|George Ellery Hale||Jun 29, 1868||Feb 21, 1938||Astronomer|||
|Max Henius||Jun 16, 1859||Nov 15, 1935||Biochemist; co-founder of American Brewing Academy|||
|John Augur Holabird||May 4, 1886||1945||Architect|||
|William Holabird||Sep 11, 1854||Jul 19, 1923||Architect|||
|Helmut Jahn||Jan 4, 1940||Architect|||
|William Le Baron Jenney||Sep 25, 1832||Jun 14, 1907||Architect|||
|Leon Kass||Feb 12, 1939||Writer and chair of The President's Council on Bioethics|||
|Peter Karter||1922||Mar 30, 2010||Nuclear engineer and pioneer of the recycling industry|||
|Fazlur Khan||Apr 3, 1929||Mar 27, 1982||Civil engineer|||
|Edwin C. Krupp||Nov 18, 1944||Astronomer, Archeoastronomer, Director Griffith Observatory, Los Angeles||Born in Chicago|||
|Werner Krieglstein||Oct 31, 1941||Philosopher, author, and actor; Fulbright Scholar; University of Chicago fellow and alum||Lived in the Hyde Park neighborhood of Chicago|||
|T. D. A. Lingo||Dec 14, 1924||May 13, 1993||Folk singer, radio personality, brain researcher||Born in Chicago|||
|George W. Maher||Dec 25, 1864||Sep 12, 1926||Architect|||
|Benjamin H. Marshall||1874||Jun 19, 1940||Architect|||
|Maury Massler||1912||1990||Dental educator|||
|Charles G. Maurice||Dental educator|||
|Philip Maxwell||1799||1859||Early Chicago physician|||
|Ludwig Mies van der Rohe||Mar 27, 1886||Aug 19, 1969||Architect|||
|Michele Moody-Adams||African American philosopher and academic administrator|||
|Frederick B. Moorehead||1875||1944||Dental educator|||
|Charles Murphy||Feb 9, 1890||May 22, 1985||Architect|||
|Frederick Bogue Noyes||1872||1961||Dental educator|||
|Dwight H. Perkins||Mar 26, 1867||Nov 2, 1941||Architect|||
|Ralph Pearson||1919||Inorganic chemist; developed the concept of hard and soft acids and bases (HSAB theory)||Born in Chicago|||
|Sister Joel Read||Dec 30, 1926||May 25, 2017||President of Alverno College; longest-serving college president in U.S. history||Born in Chicago|||
|Theodore Regensteiner||May 17, 1868||Inventor of the four-color lithographic press|||
|Earl W. Renfroe||Jan 9, 1907||Nov 14, 2000||Orthodontist and African-American activist|||
|John Wellborn Root||Jan 10, 1850||Jan 15, 1891||Architect|||
|John Wellborn Root, Jr.||1887||1963||Architect|||
|Isaac Schour||1900||1964||President of the International Association for Dental Research|||
|Donald Spero||Aug 9, 1939||American physicist; venture capitalist; and European Rowing Championships bronze medalist and Olympic rower (1964).|||
|Leo Strauss||Sep 20, 1899||Oct 18, 1973||Political philosopher|||
|Louis Sullivan||Sep 3, 1856||Apr 14, 1924||Architect|||
|Stanley D. Tylman||1893||1982||Dental educator, wrote Theory and Practice of Crown and Bridge Prosthesis|||
|Thorstein Veblen||Jul 30, 1857||Aug 3, 1929||Economist and social critic|||
|Sophonisba P. Breckinridge||Apr 1, 1866||Jul 30, 1948||Founder, School of Social Works Administration at the University of Chicago||Lived and worked in Chicago|||
|Frank Lloyd Wright||Jun 8, 1867||Apr 9, 1959||Architect|||
Nobel laureates and Fields medalistsEdit
|Jane Addams||Sep 6, 1860||May 21, 1935||Social worker and activist; founder of Hull House; first American woman awarded the Nobel Peace Prize (1931)||Lived and died in Chicago|||
|Saul Bellow||Jun 10, 1915||Apr 5, 2005||Author; Nobel laureates in Literature (1976); Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (1976)||Grew up in the Humboldt Park neighborhood of Chicago|||
|Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar||Oct 19, 1910||Aug 21, 1995||Astrophysicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1983)||University of Chicago professor; died in Chicago|||
|James Cronin||Sep 29, 1931||Aug 25, 2016||Nuclear physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1964)||University of Chicago professor; born in Chicago|||
|Vladimir Drinfeld||Feb 4, 1954||Pioneering mathematician; Fields medalist (1990)||University of Chicago professor|||
|James Franck||Aug 26, 1882||May 21, 1964||Chemical physicist and member of the Manhattan Project; Nobel laureate in physics (1925)||Director of the Chemistry Division of the Metallurgical Laboratory at the University of Chicago|||
|Enrico Fermi||Sep 29, 1901||Nov 28, 1954||Co-developer of the first nuclear reactor (Chicago Pile-1); Nobel laureate in physics (1938)||University of Chicago professor; died in Chicago|||
|Milton Friedman||Jul 31, 1912||Nov 16, 2006||Leader of the Chicago school of economics; Nobel laureate in economics (1976);||University of Chicago professor and graduate|||
|Leon M. Lederman||Jul 15, 1922||Oct 3, 2018||Experimental physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (1988); Director Emeritus of Fermilab; founded the Illinois Mathematics and Science Academy;||Illinois Institute of Technology professor|||
|Yoichiro Nambu||Jan 18, 1921||Jul 5, 2015||Theoretical physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (2008)||University of Chicago professor|||
|Theodore Schultz||April 2, 1902||Feb 26, 1998||chair of the Chicago school of economics; Nobel laureate in economics (1979);||University of Chicago professor|||
|Herbert A. Simon||Jun 15, 1916||Feb 9, 2001||Political, economic, psychological and computer science polymath; Nobel laureate in economic sciences (1978)||Illinois Institute of Technology professor and University of Chicago graduate|||
|George E. Smith||May 10, 1930||Applied physicist; co-inventor of the charge-coupled device; Nobel laureates in physics (2009)||University of Chicago graduate|||
|Frank Wilczek||May 15, 1951||Theoretical physicist; Nobel laureates in physics (2004)||Enrolled at the University of Chicago at 15 years old|||
|James D. Watson||April 6, 1928||Biologist; Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1962) Proposed the correct structure for DNA with Francis Crick while a postdoctoral fellow in the laboratory of Sir Lawrence Bragg in the Department of Physics at the University of Cambridge in 1953.||Grew up on the south side of Chicago and attended public schools. Graduated from the University of Chicago with a B.S. (1947) in Zoology at the age of 19.|||
|Robert Woodrow Wilson||Jan 10, 1936||Founder and first director of Fermilab; Nobel laureates in physics (1978)|||
Authors and writersEdit
|Franklin Pierce Adams||Nov 15, 1881||Mar 23, 1960||Columnist||Born in Chicago|||
|Nelson Algren||Mar 28, 1909||May 9, 1981||Author|||
|John Anderson||Mar 22, 1836||Feb 24, 1910||Founder and publisher Skandinaven|||
|Catherine Corley Anderson||March 21, 1909||December 12, 2001||Children's author||Born in Chicago|||
|K. A. Applegate||Jul 19, 1956||Author|||
|Allan Bloom||Sep 14, 1930||Oct 7, 1992||Writer and translator|||
|Dmitri Borgmann||Oct 22, 1927||Dec 7, 1985||Writer|||
|Candy Dawson Boyd||Aug 8, 1946||Writer and activist|||
|Ray Bradbury||Aug 22, 1920||Jun 5, 2012||Author||Born & raised in Chicago suburb, Waukegan|||
|Gwendolyn Brooks||Jun 7, 1917||Dec 3, 2000||Poet|||
|Algis Budrys||Jan 9, 1931||Jun 9, 2008||Author|||
|Edgar Rice Burroughs||Sep 1, 1875||Mar 19, 1950||Author||Born in Chicago|||
|Chris Bury||Dec 10, 1953||Journalist|||
|Jack Cafferty||Dec 14, 1942||Journalist||Born in Chicago|
|Jack Canfield||Aug 19, 1944||Author of Chicken Soup for The Soul|
|John Chancellor||Jul 14, 1927||Jul 12, 1996||Journalist|
|Raymond Chandler||Jul 23, 1888||Mar 26, 1959||Writer||Born in Chicago|
|Sandra Cisneros||Dec 20, 1954||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Diablo Cody||Jun 14, 1978||Screenwriter|
|Daniel Cohen||Mar 12, 1936||Children's writer||Born in Chicago|
|Allan Cox||1937||Writer||Residing in Chicago|
|Michael Crichton||Oct 23, 1942||Nov 4, 2008||Writer||Born in Chicago|
|James Gould Cozzens||Aug 19, 1903||Aug 9, 1978||Novelist||Born in Chicago|
|Philip K. Dick||Dec 16, 1928||Mar 2, 1982||Writer||Born in Chicago|
|Charles Dickinson||June 4, 1951||Writer|
|Mike Downey||Aug 9, 1951||Newspaper columnist|
|Finley Peter Dunne||Jul 10, 1867||Apr 24, 1936||Writer, humorist (Mr. Dooley)||Born in Chicago|
|Stuart Dybek||1942||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Roger Ebert||Jun 18, 1942||Apr 4, 2013||Film critic||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Dave Eggers||Mar 12, 1970||Writer, editor, publisher|
|James T. Farrell||Feb 27, 1904||Aug 22, 1979||Writer||Born in Chicago|
|Kenneth Fearing||Jul 28, 1902||Jun 26, 1961||Poet, writer|
|Edna Ferber||Aug 15, 1885||Apr 16, 1968||Author, playwright|
|Leon Forrest||Jan 8, 1937||Nov 6, 1997||Writer|
|Henry Blake Fuller||Jan 9, 1857||Jul 28, 1929||Writer||Born in Chicago|
|Mary Onahan Gallery||Jul 22, 1866||Jan 12, 1941||Writer, editor|
|Larry Gelbart||Feb 25, 1928||Sep 11, 2009||Comedy writer||Born in Chicago|
|John Gunther||Aug 30, 1901||May 29, 1970||Writer|
|Gary Gygax||Jul 27, 1938||Mar 4, 2008||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Lorraine Hansberry||May 19, 1930||Jan 12, 1965||Playwright||Born in Chicago|
|Reidar Rye Haugan||Sep 18, 1893||Oct 1, 1972||Newspaper publisher and playwright|
|Ben Hecht||Feb 28, 1894||Apr 18, 1964||Screenwriter, playwright, journalist, director, and producer||Lived & worked in Chicago|||
|Larry Heinemann||1944||Novelist||Born in Chicago|
|Ernest Hemingway||Jul 21, 1899||Jul 2, 1961||Novelist, short story writer, and journalist||Born & raised in Chicago suburb, Oak Park. Lived & worked in Chicago.|
|Seymour Hersh||April 8, 1937||Journalist||Born in Chicago|
|Robert Herrick||Apr 21, 1868||Dec 23, 1938||Novelist|
|John Kass||Jun 25, 1956||Journalist||Born in Chicago|
(aka. Ruth Crowley; aka. Esther Pauline Friedman Lederer)
|Adam Langer||1967||Novelist||Born in Chicago|
|Ring Lardner||Mar 6, 1885||Sep 25, 1933||Sports columnist, short story writer, playwright, composer, and lyricist||Worked & lived in Chicago|||
|Ring Lardner Jr.||Aug 19, 1915||Oct 31, 2000||Journalist and screenwriter||Born in Chicago|||
|Kirke La Shelle||Sep 23, 1862||May 16, 1905||Newspaper reporter, editor, playwright and producer||Worked in Chicago|
|Leo Lerner||1907||1965||Newspaper publisher; founder of Lerner Newspapers||Born in Chicago|
|Mike MacDonald||1960||Photographer and author|||
|Tom Mandel||Sep 12, 1942||Poet||Born in Chicago|
|Merrill C. Meigs||Nov 25, 1883||Jan 26, 1968||Newspaper publisher|
|Susan Murphy-Milano||Oct 28, 2012||Author and radio host; advocate for victims of domestic violence||Born in Chicago|
|Charles Gilman Norris||Apr 23, 1881||Jul 25, 1945||Author|
|Frank Norris||Mar 5, 1870||Oct 25, 1902||Novelist||Born in Chicago|
|Clarence Page||Jun 2, 1947||Columnist|
|Sara Paretsky||Jun 8, 1947||Novelist|
|Ed Paschke||Jun 22, 1939||Nov 25, 2004||Artist||Born and died in Chicago|
|Cissy Patterson||Nov 7, 1881||Jul 24, 1948||Journalist and newspaper editor|
|Frederik Pohl||Nov 26, 1919||Sep 2, 2013||Author and futurist|
|Margaret Horton Potter||May 20, 1881||December 22, 1911||Novelist||Born and died in Chicago|||
|Henry Rago||1915||1969||Poet; editor of Poetry Magazine (1955 to 1969)|
|Wilhelm Rapp||Jul 14, 1827||Feb 28, 1907||Journalist and editor||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Hermann Raster||May 6, 1827||July 24, 1891||Journalist and politician; editor of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung (1867 to 1891)||Lived in Chicago, buried in Graceland Cemetery|||
|Mike Resnick||Mar 5, 1942||Author|
|Mike Royko||Sep 19, 1932||Apr 29, 1997||Columnist||Born and died in Chicago|
|Ernest Samuels||May 19, 1903||Feb 12, 1996||Biographer; recipient of the Bancroft Prize and the Pulitzer Prize for Biography or Autobiography||Born in Chicago|
|Carl Sandburg||Jan 6, 1878||Jul 22, 1967||Poet; recipient of three Pulitzer Prizes||Lived in Chicago|||
|Dan Savage||Oct 7, 1964||Columnist||Born in Chicago|
|Sandra Seaton||Jul 10, 1942||Playwright and librettist|
|Sidney Sheldon||Feb 11, 1917||Jan 30, 2007||Playwright, screenwriter, novelist|
|William L. Shirer||Feb 23, 1904||Dec 28, 1993||Journalist and historian||Born in Chicago|
|Shel Silverstein||Sep 25, 1930||May 10, 1999||Poet, songwriter, and children's writer||Born in Chicago|
|Gene Siskel||Jan 26, 1946||Feb 20, 1999||Film critic||Born in Chicago|
|Dejan Stojanović||Mar 11, 1959||Poet, writer, essayist, philosopher, businessman, and former journalist|
|Alfred Szklarski||Jan 21, 1912||Apr 9, 1992||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Studs Terkel||May 16, 1912||Oct 31, 2008||Broadcaster and author||Lived and died in Chicago|
|James Tiptree, Jr.||Aug 24, 1915||May 19, 1987||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Joseph A. Tunzi||Jul 25, 1953||Author, Publisher, Self-Publisher, Producer, Researcher, Archivist, Historian. Described as "one of the foremost authorities on Elvis Presley."||Born in Chicago|
|Scott Turow||Apr 12, 1949||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Irving Wallace||Mar 19, 1916||Jun 29, 1990||Author||Born in Chicago|
|Gene Wolfe||May 7, 1931||Author|
Business and philanthropyEdit
|Bob Bernard||May 23, 1967||Feb 2, 2007||Entrepreneur|
|William McCormick Blair||May 2, 1884||Mar 29, 1982||Financier||Born in Chicago|
|William McCormick Blair, Jr.||Oct 24, 1916||Aug 29, 2015||U.S. Ambassador to Denmark (1961–1964) and U.S. Ambassador to the Philippines (1964–1967)||Partner in the Chicago law firm Gerlach & O'Brien|
|David Bohnett||Apr 2, 1956||Philanthropist and technology entrepreneur||Born in Chicago|
|John O. Butler||Businessman, dentist and periodontist||Born and practiced in Chicago|
|Charles Deering||Jul 31, 1852||Feb 5, 1927||Businessman, art collector, and philanthropist|
|William Deering||Apr 25, 1826||Dec 9, 1913||Businessman and philanthropist|
|Francis Dewes||1845||German immigrant, brewer, millionaire, original owner of the historic mansion Francis J. Dewes House.|
|Dr. Fannie Emanuel||Jul 31, 1871||Founded the Emanuel Settlement House|
|Marshall Field||Aug 18, 1834||Jan 16, 1906||Entrepreneur|
|Ada Sawyer Garrett||1856||19th Century socialite and philanthropist|
|William O. Goodman||1848||1936||Lumber tycoon|
|Robert Halperin||Jan 26, 1908||May 8, 1985||Olympic and Pan American Games yachting medalist; quarterback for the Brooklyn Dodgers; decorated World War II US-Navy sailor; co-founder of Lands' End, and Chairman of Commercial Light Company.||Born in Chicago|
|H. G. Haugan||Nov 7, 1840||Railroad executive|
|Helge Alexander Haugan||Oct 26, 1847||May 17, 1909||Banking executive|
|Anton C. Hesing||Jan 6, 1823||Mar 31, 1895||Owner of the Chicago-based Illinois Staats-Zeitung and Cook County Sheriff from 1860 to 1862||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Gurdon Saltonstall Hubbard||Aug 22, 1802||Sep 14, 1886||Early Chicago developer|
|Ray Kroc||Oct 5, 1902||Jan 14, 1984||First CEO of McDonald's|
|Matthew Laflin||Dec 16, 1803||May 21, 1897||Gunpowder manufacturer and philanthropist|
|Charles Magnus Lindgren||Nov 28, 1819||Sep 1, 1879||Shipping executive|
|John R. Lindgren||Feb 20, 1855||Apr 29, 1915||Banking Executive|
|Horatio G. Loomis||1900||An organizer of the Chicago Board of Trade|
|Catherine T. MacArthur||Nov 23, 1908||Dec 15, 1981||Philanthropist|
|Brooks McCormick||Feb 23, 1917||Aug 15, 2006||Chief executive officer of International Harvester; Art collector||Born in Chicago|
|Chauncey McCormick||Dec 7, 1884||Sep 8, 1954||Businessman and art collector||Trustee of the Art Institute of Chicago|
|Cyrus Hall McCormick, Sr.||Feb 15, 1809||May 13, 1884||Founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Cyrus Hall McCormick II||May 16, 1859||1936||President of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company (1884–1902)||Born in Chicago|
|Harold Fowler McCormick||May 2, 1872||Oct 16, 1941||Chairman of the board of International Harvester Company||Trustee of the University of Chicago|
|Joseph M. McCormick||May 16, 1877||Feb 25, 1925||United States Senator from Illinois; Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's 1st district||Born in Chicago|
|Katharine McCormick||Aug 27, 1875||Dec 28, 1967||Biologist, suffragist, philanthropist and, heir to a substantial part of the McCormick family fortune||Grew up in Chicago|
|Leander J. McCormick||Feb 8, 1819||Feb 20, 1900||Farmer, inventor, manufacturer, and businessman||Lived and died in Chicago|
|L. Hamilton McCormick||May 27, 1859||Feb 2, 1934||Author, inventor, art collector and sculptor.||Born in Chicago|
|Robert R. McCormick||Jul 30, 1880||Apr 1, 1955||Owner and publisher of the Chicago Tribune newspaper||Born in Chicago|
|Robert Sanderson McCormick||Jul 26, 1849||Apr 16, 1919||United States ambassador to Austria-Hungary, Imperial Russia, and France||Lived in Chicago|
|Ruth Hanna McCormick||Mar 27, 1880||Dec 31, 1944||Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Illinois's at-large district||Lived and died in Chicago|
|William Grigsby McCormick||Jun 3, 1851||Nov 29, 1941||Businessman; Member of the New York Stock Exchange; Co-founder of the Kappa Sigma college fraternity||Born in Chicago; Chicago City Council as alderman representing the 18th ward|
|William Sanderson McCormick||Nov 2, 1815||Sep 27, 1865||Inventor and founder of the McCormick Harvesting Machine Company||Lived in Chicago|
|Blythe McGarvie||President of Leadership for International Finance, LLC|
|Abraham Lincoln Neiman||Jul 4, 1875||Oct 21, 1970||Businessman and member of the Neiman Marcus family|
|Agnes Nestor||Jun 24, 1880||Dec 28, 1948||Labor activist, politician, and founder of the International Glove Workers Union of America and president of Chicago Women's Union League||Lived and died in Chicago|||
|William S. Paley||Sep 28, 1901||Oct 26, 1990||CBS executive|
|Potter Palmer||May 20, 1826||May 4, 1902||Entrepreneur|
|Bertha Palmer||May 22, 1849||May 5, 1918||Socialite and philanthropist|
|George Pullman||Mar 3, 1831||Oct 19, 1897||Entrepreneur and inventor|
|Frank C. Rathje||Aug 21, 1881||Feb 24, 1967||Depression-era banker, businessman, and philanthropist|
|William Donald Scherzer||Jan 27, 1858||Jul 20, 1893||Inventor of the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge|
|W. Clement Stone||May 4, 1902||Sep 3, 2002||Entrepreneur; founder of what is known today as AON Corporation|
|Edmund Dick Taylor||Oct 18, 1804||Dec 4, 1891||Banker, railroad executive and entrepreneur; Known as "Father of the Greenback"|
|Charles H. Wacker||Aug 29, 1856||Oct 31, 1929||Businessman and philanthropist, director of the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition||Born and lived in Chicago|
|Ty Warner||September 3, 1944||Entrepreneur known for Beanie Babies and many other successful plush toys||Born in Chicago and grew up in suburban La Grange|
|Charles Yerkes||Jun 25, 1837||Dec 29, 1905||Entrepreneur|
|Al Capone||Jan 17, 1899||Jan 25, 1947||Mobster|
|David Barksdale||May 24, 1947||Sep 2, 1972||Street gang leader||Leader of Folk Nation|
|John Dillinger||Jun 22, 1903||Jul 22, 1934||Bank robber||Died in Chicago|
|Jeff Fort||Feb 20, 1947||Gang leader and convicted terrorist|
|John Wayne Gacy||Mar 17, 1942||May 10, 1994||Serial killer||Born in Chicago|
|Sam Giancana||Jun 15, 1908||Jun 19, 1975||Mafia boss of the Chicago Outfit||Born in Chicago|
|Robert Hanssen||Apr 18, 1944||FBI agent; convicted spy for Russia||Born in Chicago|
|H. H. Holmes||May 16, 1861||May 7, 1896||Serial killer|||
|Baby Face Nelson||Dec 6, 1908||Nov 27, 1934||Mobster||Born in Chicago|
aka. Abdullah al-Muhajir
|Oct 18, 1970||Alleged terrorist||Lived in Chicago|
|Jack Ruby||Mar 25, 1911||Jan 3, 1967||Killed Lee Harvey Oswald||Born in Chicago|
|Eva Shaver||midwife convicted of manslaughter while providing illegal abortions, 1915||worked in Chicago|||
|George Streeter||1837||Jan 22, 1921||Riverboat captain and squatter||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Sigvald Asbjørnsen||August 20, 1867||September 8, 1954||Sculptor|
|Emil Biorn||June 7, 1864||1935||Sculptor, painter and composer|
|Edward William Carlson||May 4, 1883||July 26, 1932||Artist||Born and raised in Chicago|
|Edward Gorey||February 22, 1925||April 15, 2000||Artist||Born in Chicago|
|Grace Jeffers||September 1, 1967||Design educator||Born in Chicago|
|June Leaf||1929||Artist||Born and raised in Chicago|||
|Edgar Miller||1899||June 1, 1993||Designer, artist, sculptor, stained glass maker, wood carver, metal worker||Born in Idaho Falls, moved to Chicago in 1917, died in Chicago|
|Vivian Maier||February 1, 1926||April 21, 2009||Photographer|
|Norman Parish||August 26, 1937||July 8, 2013||Artist and art dealer|
|John Kinzie||Dec 3, 1763||Jan 6, 1828||Early Chicago settler||Lived in what is now Chicago|
|Louis Jolliet||Sep 21, 1645||1700||French explorer||Lived for one winter in what is now Chicago|
|Jean Baptiste Point du Sable||Aug 28, 1818||Early Chicago settler||Lived in what is now Chicago|
|Gillian Anderson||Aug 9, 1968||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Stanley Andrews||Aug 28, 1891||Jun 23, 1969||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Dominic Armato||Nov 18, 1976||Voice actor||Born in Chicago|
|Patricia Arquette||April 8, 1968||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Reiko Aylesworth||Dec 9, 1972||Actress|
|Barney Balaban||Jun 8, 1887||Mar 7, 1971||Head of Paramount Pictures|
|Bob Balaban||Aug 16, 1945||Actor, director and producer||Born in Chicago|
|Adam Baldwin||Feb 27, 1962||Actor|
|Leonard Baldy||Feb 15, 1927||May 2, 1960||Police officer; Chicago's first helicopter traffic reporter|
|Ryan Bank||Apr 27, 1981||Media producer|
|Ike Barinholtz||Feb 18, 1977||Actor and comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Ralph Bellamy||Jun 17, 1904||Nov 29, 1991||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Jim Belushi||Jun 15, 1954||Actor, comedian||Born in Chicago|
|John Belushi||Jan 24, 1949||Mar 5, 1982||Actor, comedian||Born, lived & worked in Chicago|
|Chloe Bennet||April 18, 1992||Actress, singer||Born in Chicago|
|Jack Benny||Feb 14, 1894||Dec 26, 1974||Actor, comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Tom Berenger||May 31, 1949||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Edgar Bergen||Feb 16, 1903||Sep 30, 1978||Ventriloquist||Born in Chicago|
|Shelley Berman||Feb 3, 1925||Comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Carlos Bernard||Oct 12, 1962||Actor|
|Michael Ian Black||Aug 12, 1971||Comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Budd Boetticher||Jul 29, 1916||Nov 29, 2001||Film director||Born in Chicago|
|Tom Bosley||Oct 1, 1927||Oct 19, 2010||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Charles Boyce||September 21, 1949||Syndicated cartoonist|
|Andre Braugher||Jul 1, 1962||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Buddy Bregman||Jul 9, 1930||Composer|
|Pat Byrnes||Cartoonist for The New Yorker|
|Colt Cabana||May 6, 1980||Professional wrestler||Lives in Chicago|||
|John Calhoun||Apr 14, 1808||Feb 20, 1859||Founding publisher, the Chicago Democrat||Cook County Treasurer (1837-1841); Chicago City Councilman, 1841-1842|
|Charmian Carr||Dec 27, 1942||Sep 17, 2016||actress||Born in Chicago|
|John Chambers||Sep 12, 1922||Aug 25, 2001||Academy Award-winning make-up artist||Born in Chicago|||
|Steve Carell||Aug 16, 1962||Actor, comedian, producer, writer and director||Lived & worked in Chicago|||
|Allan Carr||May 27, 1937||Jun 29, 1999||Producer||Born in Chicago|
|Sarah Wayne Callies||Jun 1, 1977||Actress|
|Dan Castellaneta||Oct 29, 1957||Actor and comedian||Lives in Chicago|
|Kyle Chavarria||Jan 26, 1995||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Anna Chlumsky||Dec 3, 1980||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Stephen Colbert||May 13, 1964||Comedian, TV host, actor, and writer||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|Lana Condor||May 11, 1997||Actress||Lived in Chicago|
|Don Cornelius||Sep 27, 1936||Feb 1, 2012||Creator and former host of Soul Train||Born in Chicago|
|Cindy Crawford||Feb 20, 1966||Model and actress||Lived in Chicago|||
|Joan Cusack||Oct 11, 1962||Actress and comedian||Lives in Chicago|
|John Cusack||Jun 28, 1966||Actor||Lives in Chicago|
|Clifton Davis||Oct 4, 1945||Actor, composer and minister||Born in Chicago|
|Walt Disney||Dec 5, 1901||Dec 15, 1966||Founder of The Walt Disney Company||Born on the second floor of the house at 2156 Tripp Avenue, in the Hermosa neighborhood of Chicago|||
|Matt Doherty||Jun 22, 1978||Actor|
|Jimmy Dore||July 26, 1965||stand-up comedian and political commentator||Born in Chicago|
|Mike Douglas||Aug 11, 1920||Aug 11, 2006||Talk show host||Born in Chicago|
|Katie Doyle||Castmember of MTV's Road Rules|
|Brian Doyle-Murray||Oct 31, 1945||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Moosie Drier||Aug 6, 1964||Actor and director||Born in Chicago|
|Michael Clarke Duncan||Dec 10, 1957||Sep 3, 2012||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Kevin Dunn||Aug 24, 1956||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Dennis Farina||Feb 29, 1944||Jul 22, 2013||Actor, Chicago police officer||Born and raised in the Old Town neighborhood of Chicago|||
|Mimsy Farmer||Feb 28, 1945||Actress and sculptor||Born in Chicago|
|Jon Favreau||Oct 19, 1966||Actor, writer, and director||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|Tina Fey||May 18, 1970||Actress, comedian, and writer||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|Karen Finley||1956||Performance artist, actress, artist, and recording artist||Born in Chicago|
|Michael Flatley||Jul 16, 1958||Dancer||Born in Chicago|
|Neil Flynn||Nov 13, 1960||Actor||Born, lived & worked in Chicago; raised in Chicago suburb, Waukegan|
|Harrison Ford||Jul 13, 1942||Actor||Born in Chicago; raised in Chicago suburb, Des Plaines|||
|Drew Fortier||Jul 14, 1987||Musician, filmmaker, actor, and author||Born and raised in Chicago|||
|Bob Fosse||Jun 23, 1927||Sep 23, 1987||Director, choreographer, and dancer||Born in Chicago|
|Redd Foxx||Dec 9, 1922||Oct 11, 1991||Actor and comedian||Grew up in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago|
|Dennis Franz||Oct 28, 1944||Actor|
|Kathleen Freeman||Feb 17, 1919||August 23, 2001||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Marla Gibbs||Jun 14, 1931||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Zach Gilford||Jan 14, 1982||Actor|
|Ira Glass||Mar 3, 1959||NPR broadcaster||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|Arlene Golonka||Jan 23, 1936||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Stuart Gordon||Aug 11, 1947||Playwright, screenwriter, film director and producer|
|Chuck Goudie||Jan 17, 1956||Television reporter and columnist|||
|Michael Gray||Sep 2, 1951||Actor on Shazam!|
|Alexandra Grey||Jan 1, 1991||Actress and musician|||
|Kathy Griffin||Nov 4, 1960||Actress and comedian|||
|Michael Gross||Jun 21, 1947||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Kevin Hagen||Apr 3, 1928||Jul 9, 2005||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Daryl Hannah||Dec 3, 1960||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Wood Harris||Oct 17, 1969||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Hugh Hefner||Apr 9, 1926||Sep 27, 2017||Publisher||Born, lived & worked in Chicago|
|Marilu Henner||Apr 6, 1952||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Andy Herren||Nov 14, 1986||Reality-TV contestant; winner of Big Brother 15; show's first openly gay winner||Currently lives in Chicago|
|Mark Hollmann||Composer and lyricist (Urinetown)|||
|Terrence Howard||Mar 11, 1969||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Jennifer Hudson||Sep 12, 1981||Actress, singer||Born in the Englewood neighborhood of Chicago|
|John Hughes||Feb 18, 1950||Aug 6, 2009||Film director and screenwriter||Raised in Chicago suburb, Northbrook. Lived & worked in Chicago.|
|Bonnie Hunt||Sep 22, 1961||Actress, comedian, director, producer||Born in Chicago|
|Sam J. Jones||Aug 12, 1954||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|William James Jones||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Philip Kaufman||Oct 23, 1936||Film director||Born in Chicago|
|Rachna Khatau||January 29, 1981||Actress, writer, singer||Raised in Chicago|
|Dorothy Kilgallen||Jul 3, 1913||Media Personality, Author, Journalist, Panelist||Born in Chicago|
|Karlie Kloss||Aug 3, 1992||Model||Born in Chicago|
|Harvey Korman||Feb 15, 1927||May 29, 2008||Actor and comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Tessa Kosta||Dec 12, 1890||Aug 23, 1981||Actress (musicals)||Born in Chicago|
|Greg Kotis||Playwright (Urinetown)|
|Clara Lipman||1864||1952||Stage actress and playwright||Born in Chicago|
|Ron Livingston||Jun 5, 1967||Actor|
|Richard Long||Dec 17, 1927||Dec 21, 1974||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|John Loprieno||Oct 7, 1960||Actor||Born in Chicago|||
|Lar Lubovitch||Apr 9, 1943||Choreographer||Born in Chicago|
|Bernie Mac||Oct 5, 1957||Aug 9, 2008||Actor and comedian||Born and died in Chicago|
|Justina Machado||Sep 6, 1972||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|William H. Macy||Mar 13, 1950||Actor and producer||Lived in Chicago|
|Amy Madigan||Sep 11, 1950||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|John Mahoney||Jun 20, 1940||Feb 4, 2018||Actor||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|Karl Malden||Mar 22, 1912||Jul 1, 2009||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|John Malkovich||Dec 9, 1953||Actor||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|David Mamet||Nov 30, 1947||Playwright, poet, screenwriter, and director||Born, lived & worked in Chicago|||
|Michael Mann||Feb 5, 1943||Film director, writer, and producer||Born in Chicago|
|Joe Mantegna||Nov 13, 1947||Actor|
|Ron Masak||Jul 1, 1936||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Jenny McCarthy||Nov 1, 1972||Actress and Playboy model||Lived in Chicago|
|LisaRaye McCoy||Sep 23, 1967||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Frances McDormand||Jun 23, 1957||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Laurie Metcalf||Jun 16, 1955||Actress|
|Vincente Minnelli||Feb 28, 1903||Jul 25, 1986||Film director||Born in Chicago|
|Kel Mitchell||Aug 25, 1978||Actor and comedian||Born In Chicago|
|Rick Moranis||Apr 18, 1953||Actor and comedian|
|Cindy Morgan||Sep 29, 1954||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Read Morgan||Jan 30, 1931||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Trevor Morgan||Nov 26, 1986||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Jennifer Morrison||Apr 12, 1979||Actress and producer||Born in Chicago|
|John Mulaney||Aug 26, 1982||Comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Bill Murray||Sep 21, 1950||Actor and comedian||Born in Chicago suburb, Evanston; raised in Wilmette; lived & worked in Chicago|||
|Bob Newhart||Sep 5, 1929||Actor and comedian|
|Nichelle Nichols||Dec 28, 1932||Actress||Lives in Chicago|
|Richard Nickel||May 31, 1928||Apr 13, 1972||Photographer||Born in Chicago|
|Ken Nordine||Apr 13, 1920||Voiceover and Word Jazz recording artist|
|Kim Novak||Feb 13, 1933||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Donald O'Connor||Aug 28, 1925||Sep 27, 2003||Actor and dancer||Born in Chicago|
|Matt O'Leary||Jul 6, 1987||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Keke Palmer||Aug 26, 1993||Actress and singer|||
|Mandy Patinkin||Nov 30, 1952||Actor and singer||Born in Chicago|
|Jeannie Pepper||Jul 9, 1958||Adult film actress||Born in Chicago|
|Jeff Perry||Aug 16, 1955||Actor|
|William Petersen||Feb 21, 1953||Actor||Born in Chicago suburb, Evanston; lived & worked in Chicago|
|Wally Pfister||Jul 8, 1961||Cinematographer||Born in Chicago|
|Jeremy Felton||July 17, 1987||Rapper|
|Jeremy Piven||Jul 26, 1965||Actor|||
|Bonnie Poe||October 15, 1912||October 16, 1993||Actress, voice actress||Born in Chicago|
|Danny Pudi||Mar 10, 1979||Actor and comedian||Born in Chicago|
|CM Punk||October 26, 1978||Mixed martial artist, comic book writer, retired professional wrestler||Born & lives in Chicago|||
|Harold Ramis||Nov 21, 1944||February 24, 2014||Actor, director, and comedian||Born, lived & worked in Chicago|||
|Bill Rancic||May 16, 1971||Winner of The Apprentice||Born in Chicago|
|Robert Reed||Oct 19, 1932||May 12, 1992||Actor|
|John C. Reilly||May 24, 1965||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Ed Renwick||Jun 1, 1938||Political commentator on WWL-TV (CBS affiliate) in New Orleans, Louisiana||Born in Chicago|||
|Shonda Rhimes||Jan 13, 1970||Screenwriter, director, and producer (creator and executive producer of Grey's Anatomy)||Born in Chicago|
|Lucille Ricksen||Aug 22, 1910||Mar 13, 1925||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|John Ridgely||Sep 6, 1909||Jan 18, 1968||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Justin Roberts||Dec 29, 1979||Professional wrestling ring announcer||Born in Chicago|
|Craig Robinson||Oct 25, 1971||Actor and comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Michael Rooker||Apr 6, 1955||Actor||Moved to Chicago at age 13|||
|Jonathan Rosenbaum||Feb 27, 1943||Film critic|
|Jennifer Runyon||Apr 1, 1960||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Robert Ryan||Nov 11, 1909||Jul 11, 1973||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Pat Sajak||Oct 26, 1946||Game show host||Born in Chicago|
|Horatio Sanz||Jun 4, 1969||Actor and comedian||Grew up in Chicago|
|Fred Savage||Jul 9, 1976||Actor director and producer||Born in Chicago|
|Ben Savage||Sep 12, 1980||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Stefanie Scott||Dec 6, 1996||Actress and singer||Born in Chicago|
|Amy Sedaris||Mar 29, 1961||Actress||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|David Sedaris||Dec 26, 1956||Radio broadcaster and author|
|Sherri Shepherd||Apr 22, 1967||Actress and comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Gary Sinise||Mar 17, 1955||Actor; co-founder of Steppenwolf Theatre Company||Born in Chicago suburb, Blue Island. Lived & worked in Chicago.|||
|John Stagliano||Nov 29, 1951||Adult film actor and director||Born in Chicago|
|Todd Stashwick||Oct 16, 1968||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Michael Stoyanov||Dec 14, 1970||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Joe Swanberg||Aug 31, 1981||Film director and actor||Lives & works in Chicago|
|Gloria Swanson||Mar 27, 1899||Apr 4, 1983||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Mr. T||May 21, 1952||Actor, evangelist||Born in Chicago|
|Rea Tajiri||Filmmaker||Born in Chicago|
|Larenz Tate||Sep 8, 1975||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Giorgio Tozzi||Jan 8, 1923||May 30, 2011||Singer and actor||Born in Chicago|
|Sarah Truax||Feb 12, 1872||May 2, 1958||Broadway and Hollywood actress||Raised in Chicago|
|Melvin Van Peebles||Aug 21, 1932||Director||Born in Chicago|
|Vince Vaughn||Mar 28, 1970||Actor||Raised in Chicago suburbs, Buffalo Grove and Lake Forest; worked and lives in Chicago|||
|Matt Walsh||October 13, 1964||Comedian, co-founder of Upright Citizens Brigade||Born, lived & worked in Chicago|
|Carol Wayne||Sep 6, 1942||Jan 13, 1985||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Jason Weaver||Jul 18, 1979||Actor and singer||Born in Chicago|
|George Wendt||Oct 17, 1948||Actor||Born, lived & worked in Chicago|
|Raquel Welch||Sep 5, 1940||Actress||Born in Chicago|
|Orson Welles||May 6, 1915||Oct 10, 1985||Actor, director, writer, and producer||Lived in Chicago|
|Steve Wilkos||Mar 9, 1964||Talk show host||Born in Chicago|
|Robin Williams||Jul 21, 1951||Aug 11, 2014||Actor and comedian||Born in Chicago|
|Oprah Winfrey||Jan 29, 1954||Talk show hostess, actress, entrepreneur, and philanthropist||Lived & worked in Chicago|
|Robert Young||Feb 22, 1907||Jul 21, 1998||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Billy Zane||Feb 24, 1966||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Robert Zemeckis||May 14, 1951||Director, producer, and writer||Born in the Roselandneighborhood of Chicago|
|Florenz Ziegfeld||Mar 21, 1867||Jul 22, 1932||Impresario||Born in Chicago|
|Adrian Zmed||Mar 14, 1954||Actor||Born in Chicago|
|Edward Zwick||Oct 8, 1952||Director, producer, and writer||Born in Chicago|
|Russell A. Berg||Jan 6, 1917||U.S. Air Force Brigadier General||Born in Chicago|
|Wesley Clark||Dec 23, 1944||NATO's Supreme Allied Commander, four-star general, presidential candidate (2004)||Born in Chicago|
|Malcolm Ross O'Neill||Mar 25, 1940||Lieutenant General, three-star general||Born in Chicago|||
|Fred S. Robillard||September 14, 1890||January 31, 1971||Major general, USMC; He was in charge of Marine Motor Transportation during World War II||Born in Chicago|||
|Scott Stearney||October 21, 1960||December 1, 2018||Vice Admiral, United States Navy; Commander of United States Fifth Fleet||"Native of Chicago"|||
Politics and lawEdit
|John Ashcroft||May 9, 1942||U.S. Attorney General||Born in Chicago|
|Henry Moore Bates||Mar 30, 1869||Apr 15, 1949||Attorney||Born in Chicago|
|Rod Blagojevich||Dec 10, 1956||Congressman; governor of Illinois||Born in Chicago|
|James Bowler||Feb 5, 1875||Jul 18, 1957||Chicago alderman; U.S. Congressman||Born in Chicago|
|Frederick Van Ness Bradley||Apr 12, 1898||May 24, 1947||Politician from the U.S. state of Michigan||Born in Chicago|
|Lorenzo Brentano||Nov 4, 1813||Sep 18, 1891||Journalist and member of the U.S. House of Representatives||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Theodore Brentano||Mar 29, 1854||July 2, 1940||Attorney, judge, and the first United States Ambassador to Hungary||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Bryant B. Brooks||Feb 5, 1861||Dec 8, 1944||served in Wyoming's second state legislature and two terms as Governor of Wyoming 1905-1911||lived in Chicago attending business school|||
|Corinne Stubbs Brown||1848||1914||Marxist social activist||Born in Chicago|
|Ellsworth B. Buck||Jul 3, 1892||U.S. Congressman||Born in Chicago|||
|Harris Burgoyne||Jun 30, 1910||1994||Mayor of Green Bay, Wisconsin||Born in Chicago|
|Jane Byrne||May 24, 1934||November 14, 2014||Mayor of Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|Anton Cermak||May 9, 1873||Mar 6, 1933||Mayor of Chicago|
|Enoch Chase||1809||1892||State senator in Wisconsin||Lived in Chicago|
|Richard M. Chitwood||1878||1926||State representative in Sweetwater, Texas||Native of Alabama; attended Morgan Park Academy in Chicago|
|Bernard J. Cigrand||Oct 1, 1866||May 16, 1932||Father of Flag Day in the United States||Lived in Chicago|
|Hillary Rodham Clinton||Oct 26, 1947||First lady, US senator from N.Y., Secretary of State||Born in Chicago, raised in suburban Park Ridge|
(a.k.a. "Bathhouse" John Coughlin)
|Aug 15, 1860||Nov 11, 1938||Chicago alderman|
|Timothy T. Cronin||Jun 27, 1884||Sep 20, 1955||U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Wisconsin||Born in Chicago|
|Richard J. Daley||May 15, 1902||Dec 20, 1976||Mayor of Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|Richard M. Daley||Apr 24, 1942||Mayor of Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|William M. Daley||Aug 9, 1948||White House Chief of Staff, Secretary of Commerce||Born in Chicago|
|Clarence Darrow||Apr 18, 1857||Mar 13, 1938||Attorney and civil libertarian||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Paul Douglas||Mar 26, 1892||Sep 24, 1976||Chicago alderman, U.S. Senator, and University of Chicago economist|
|Stephen A. Douglas||Apr 23, 1813||Jun 3, 1861||U.S. Senator, presidential candidate, noted for debating Abraham Lincoln||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Edward Fitzsimmons Dunne||Oct 12, 1853||May 24, 1937||Governor of Illinois|
|Rahm Emanuel||Nov 29, 1959||Current mayor of Chicago, White House Chief of Staff, US congressman||Lives in Chicago|
|Thomas R. Fitzgerald||1941||Retired chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court||Born in Chicago|||
|Betty Ford||Apr 8, 1918||Jul 8, 2011||U.S. First Lady; wife of Gerald Ford||Born in Chicago|
|Bernhard Gettelman||Dec 23, 1889||State senator for Wisconsin||Born in Chicago|
|John S. Gleason, Jr.||Feb 11, 1915||May 2, 1993||6th Administrator of Veterans Affairs (1961–65)||Born in Chicago|
|Alexander R. Grant||Nov 28, 1925||State assemblyman for Wisconsin||Born in Chicago|
|Luis Gutiérrez||Dec 10, 1953||First Latino to be elected to Congress from the Midwest||Born in Chicago|
|John Marshall Harlan II||May 20, 1899||Dec 29, 1971||Supreme Court justice||Born in Chicago|
|Paul P. Harris||Apr 19, 1868||Jan 27, 1947||Lawyer, founder of Rotary International|
|Carter Harrison, Jr.||Apr 23, 1860||Dec 25, 1953||Mayor of Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|Carter Harrison, Sr.||Feb 15, 1825||Oct 28, 1893||Mayor of Chicago|
|Washington Hesing||May 4, 1849||Dec 17, 1897||Postmaster of Chicago and managing editor of the Illinois Staats-Zeitung||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Janet Jagan||Oct 20, 1920||Mar 28, 2009||Prime Minister and President of Guyana||Born in Chicago|
|Byron L. Johnson||Oct 12, 1917||Jan 6, 2000||economist and U.S. Representative from Colorado||Born in Chicago|
|Peter Karađorđević||Feb 5, 1980||Hereditary Prince of Yugoslavia||Born in Chicago|
|Joe Kernan||Apr 8, 1946||48th governor of Indiana||Born in Chicago|
|Edward Joseph Kelly||Apr 17, 1933||Apr 15, 1947||36th Mayor of Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|Boris Lushniak||Assistant Surgeon General of the United States||Native of Chicago|
|Lisa Madigan||Jul 30, 1966||Attorney General of Illinois||Born in Chicago|
|Michael Madigan||Apr 19, 1942||Current Speaker of Illinois House of Representatives||Born in Chicago|
|Joseph Medill||Apr 6, 1823||Mar 16, 1899||Newspaper editor, mayor of Chicago|
|John Gould Moyer||Jul 12, 1893||Jan 21, 1976||31st governor of American Samoa||Born in Chicago|
|Eliot Ness||Apr 19, 1903||May 16, 1957||Federal agent; leader of The Untouchables; born in Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|Barack Obama||Aug 4, 1961||US senator and 44th President of the United States||Lives in Chicago|
|William B. Ogden||Jun 15, 1805||Aug 3, 1877||Entrepreneur and first mayor of Chicago|
|Deval Patrick||Jul 31, 1956||Governor of Massachusetts||Born in Chicago|
|John Podesta||Jan 8, 1949||White House Chief of Staff for President Bill Clinton (1998–2001)||Born in Chicago|
|Roman Pucinski||May 13, 1919||Sep 25, 2002||U.S. Congressman; Chicago alderman|
|Charles H. Ramsey||1950||Chicago Police deputy superintendent; current Philadelphia Police Commissioner||Native of Chicago|
|Antonio R. Riley||Aug 22, 1963||State assemblyman for Wisconsin, Midwest Regional Administrator of the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development||Born in Chicago|
|Grace Rohrer||Jun 14, 1924||Oct 12, 2011||North Carolina politician, arts and women's rights advocate; first female state cabinet-level secretary in North Carolina||Born in Chicago|
|Louis C. Romell||Apr 7, 1899||State assemblyman for Wisconsin||Born in Chicago|
|Donald Rumsfeld||Jul 9, 1932||U.S. Congressman, secretary of Defense|
|John Joseph Ryba||Aug 10, 1929||State assemblyman for Wisconsin||Born in Chicago|
|Robert C. Strong||Sep 29, 1915||Dec 28, 1999||U.S. diplomat||Born in Chicago|
|William Hale Thompson||May 14, 1869||Mar 19, 1944||Last Republican mayor of Chicago||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Amos G. Throop||1811||1894||City treasurer; temperance advocate||Born in Chicago|
|Jazep Varonka||Apr 4, 1891||Jun 4, 1952||First Chairman of the People's Secretariat (i.e. Prime Minister) of the Belarusian National Republic||Lived and died in Chicago|||
|Elihu B. Washburne||Sep 23, 1816||Oct 23, 1887||Secretary of state, minister to France||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Harold Washington||Apr 15, 1922||Nov 25, 1987||First black mayor of Chicago||Born in Chicago|
|John Wentworth||Mar 5, 1815||Oct 16, 1888||U.S. congressman; mayor of Chicago||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Frances Xavier Cabrini
(a.k.a. Mother Cabrini)
|Jul 15, 1850||Dec 22, 1917||First citizen of the US to be canonized by the Roman Catholic Church||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Mircea Eliade||Mar 13, 1907||Apr 22, 1986||Religious scholar and philosopher from Romanian||Lived and died in Chicago|
|Mordecai Ham||Apr 2, 1877||Nov 1, 1961||20th Century evangelist|
|Jesse Jackson||Oct 8, 1941||Minister, civil rights activist, presidential candidate|
(born Howard Stanton Levey)
|Apr 11, 1930||Oct 29, 1997||Writer of The Satanic Bible; founder of The Church of Satan||Born in Chicago|
|James Patterson Lyke||Feb 18, 1939||Dec 27, 1992||Franciscan friar and Roman Catholic bishop||Born in Chicago|
|Jacques Marquette||Jun 1, 1637||May 18, 1675||Missionary|
|Jeff Seidel||1957||Orthodox Judaism outreach worker in Jerusalem, director of the Jewish Student Information Center||Born in Chicago|||
|Binyomin Adler||Dec 31, 1969||Shabbos Taam HaChaim||Orthodox Rabbi, prolific author||Born and lives in Chicago|
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