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The Sweet Home Cook County feature will be updated as new homegrown celebrities are added to our list. Please check back often. 

If you know of someone notable who was BORN in Cook County, let us know by sending an email to Sweet.Home@cookcountyil.gov.

Performers | Politicians & Public Figures | Competitors

 Artists & Writers | Inventors & Scientists

Performers
Gillian Anderson
Leslie Baker
Jennifer Beals
James Belushi
John Belushi
Jack Benny
Andre Braugher
Paul Butterfield
Dan Castellaneta
Chance the Rapper
Jay Chandrasekhar
Judy Chicago
Anna Chlumsky
Common
Billy Corgan
Don Cornelius
John Cusack
Dennis DeYoung
Brian Doyle-Murray
Michael Clarke Duncan
Nora Dunn
Dennis Farina
Lupe Fiasco
Jose Manuel Figueroa
Tony Fitzpatrick
Michael Flatley
Harrison Ford
Dennis Franz
Aaron Freeman
Earle LaVon Freeman
Ron Funches
Jose Garce
Jeff Garlin
Zach Gilford
Jaslene Gonzalez
Benny Goodman
Steve Goodman
Alicia "Lecy" Goranson
Kathy Griffin
Herbie Hancock
Daryl Hannah
Sean Patrick Hayes
Marilu Henner
Charlton Heston
Anders Holm
Terrence Howard
Jennifer Hudson
Rock Hudson
Bonnie Hunt
Quincy Jones
Margaret Judson
R. Kelly
Harvey Korman
Rich Koz
Frankie Laine
Ramsey Lewis
Jane Lynch
Bernie Mac
Justina Machado
Karl Malden
Sebastian Maniscalco
Michael Mann
Ray Manzarek
Marlee Matlin
Curtis Mayfield
Jenny McCarthy
Jessie Mueller
Bill Murray
Ajay Naidu
Bob Newhart
Bob Odenkirk
Chris O'Donnell
Keke Palmer
Mandy Patinkin
Michael Peña
William Peterson
Busy Philipps
Sondra Radvanovsky
Harold Ramis
Lou Rawls
John C. Reilly
Craig Robinson
Freddy Rodriguez
Gina Rodriguez
Craig Robinson
Pat Sajak
Stuart Scott
Gil Scott-Heron
Gary Sinise
Patti Smith
Mavis Staples
Patrick Stump
Mr. T
Larenz Tate
Marisol Terrazas
Robin Tunney
Twista
Eddie Vedder
Nadine Velazquez
Raquel Welch
George Wendt
Mike Wengren
Pete Wentz
Betty White
Jesse Williams
Robin Williams
Robert Zemeckis
Warren Zevon
 
 
Inventors & Scientists
Marvin Camras
Martin Chalfie
Martin Cooper
James Cronin
Jerome Friedman
Harry Markowitz
Stanley Mazor
James D. Watson
Politicians & Public Figures
Curtis Stovall Anderson
John Ashcroft
Jane Byrne
Eugene Cernan
Wesley Clark
Hillary Clinton
John Daley
Richard J. Daley
Richard M. Daley
Ariel Emanuel
Rahm Emanuel
Betty Ford
Liz Doody Gorman
Gregg Goslin
Luis Gutierrez
Henry Hyde
Jewel Lafontant-Mankarious
Archibald MacLeish
Carol Moseley-Braun
Barbara Murray
Eliot Ness
Michelle Obama
Patrick O'Malley
Suze Orman
Deval Patrick
Ameya Pawar
Bill Rancic
Donald Rumsfeld
Bernard Shaw
Deborah Sims
Robert Steele
John Paul Stevens
Larry Suffredin
Emmett Till
Harold Washington
Sam Zell 


Competitors
Marcelo Balboa
Patrick Bertoletti
Shannon Brown
Dick Butkus
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Chris Chelios
Tony Cingrani
Dave Corzine
Shani Davis
Bobby Dotter
Conor Dwyer
Jim Dwyer
Ed Farmer
Michael Finley
Bobby Fischer
Cliff Floyd
Kevin Foster
Jimmy Garoppolo
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Curtis Granderson
Brad Guzan
Dorothy Hamill
Marvin Levy
Fred Lynn
Christine Magnuson
Brian McBride
Donovan McNabb
Mike Myers
Ray Nitschke
Glenn "Doc" Rivers
Derrick Rose
Iman Shumpert
Diane Simpson-Bundy
Jonathan Spector
Isiah Thomas
Dwyane Wade
Antoine Walker

 
Artists & Writers
Franklin Pierce Adams
David Breger
Edgar Rice Burroughs
John Chancellor
Raymond Chandler
Sandra Cisneros
Daniel Clowes
James Gould Cozzens
Michael Crichton
Bill Damaschke
Philip K. Dick
Stuart Dybek
Jennifer Egan
James T. Farrell
Karen Finley
Jonathan Franzen
Stella Foster
Edward Gorey
John Gunther
Lorraine Hansberry
Christie Hefner
Hugh Hefner
Ernest Hemingway
Amy Hempel
Charles R. Johnson
Walter Kerr
Adam Langer
George "Lichty" Lichtenstein
David Mamet
Michael Mann
Mary Morris
ZZ Packer
Ed Paschke
Drew Pearson
Richard Powers
Frank M. Robinson
Mike Royko
Dan Savage
Shel Silverstein
Gene Siskel
Scott Turow
Irving Wallace
Michael Wilbon