09:34 AM EDT 05/22/2013
Originally posted 05/20/2013 05:15PM
A manager of Chicago's Navy Pier rode the tourist spot's Ferris wheel for more than two days – 384 times, up and around – bringing the world record for the longest ride to the birthplace of the amusement park favorite.
"I thought Chicago should have that title," Clinton Shepherd said after finishing his record-breaking ride on Sunday. Shepherd, the park operations manager, spent 48 hours, 8 minutes and 25 seconds riding Navy Pier's Ferris wheel over the weekend.
The first Ferris wheel was built in 1893 in Chicago for the World's Columbian Exposition.
Originally posted 02/28/2013 12:00PM
Call it First Lady's night!
Michelle Obama and a female friend dined at Giuliana and Bill Rancic's restaurant, RPM Italian, in Chicago on Wednesday night.
As she entered the front door of the bustling River North restaurant, the First Lady – who was dressed in all black – received applause from the surprised room of diners, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 01/10/2013 06:00AM
After attending the after party for An Evening with the Chicago Bulls charity event at Studio Paris benefiting Bright Pink in Chicago Tuesday, Lady Gaga and boyfriend Taylor Kinney stepped out for a late night dinner.
Joined by a group of friends, Gaga and the Chicago Fire actor stopped into RPM Italian – owned by Bill and Giuliana Rancic – for some homestyle fare.
The group ordered up dishes including lobster caprese, insalata bianca, duck agnolotti, Sicilian pork arrosti, Mediterranean octopus, Mama DePandi's bucatini pomorodo and short rib pappardelle among others.
Originally posted 12/27/2012 05:10PM
After spending some quality time in Iowa over the holidays, Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis visited Chicago on Thursday.
Around noon, the couple stopped into eco-friendly restaurant Prasino.
"They were both very courteous to the staff and flirtatious with each other," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
At the restaurant celebrated for its farm-to-table cuisine, the former That 70s Show costars shared dishes including the short rib skillet and Florentine crepes.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 10/26/2012 06:00AM
Being Justin Bieber has its perks.
After performing to a sold-out crowd at the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Ill., Tuesday night, Bieber ordered two pizzas to go from Chicago's famed Giordano's. The staff at the restaurant's Rush Street location stayed open late just to make the superstar his stuffed cheese and thin-crust cheese pies, then send them to his downtown hotel.
Minutes after his pies arrived, the singer sent a pal back to the pizzeria with a note expressing his gratitude – and love for the snacks. Staffers responded by saying they'd ship him pizzas on tour anytime. Now that's service.
– Jennifer Garcia
Originally posted 09/21/2012 06:00AM
Former Bachelorette star Ali Fedotowsky celebrated her 28th birthday in Chicago on Wednesday night.
The LXTV 1st Look host hung out at hotspot Nellcôte where she shared small plates and neopolitan style pizzas with friends.
"Their table was directly next to the DJ and Ali was saying she's been taking DJ lessons, so she asked if she could spin a few songs," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
After Fedotowsky tried her hand at playing for the crowd, the group took shots of Nellcote's reserved bourbon blend, followed by a platter of Sprinkles cupcakes.
"Ali had a hard time making a birthday wish because her friends used trick candles!" the source adds.
– Lesley Messer
Originally posted 09/18/2012 06:00AM
For Pete's sake!
Pete Wentz had a blast when he deejayed Office Max's Green Tie Ball (benefiting Chicago Gateway Green) on Saturday night in Chicago.
Although he was there to spin tunes, Wentz brought TopShop clad girlfriend Meagan Camper to the black tie event.
"Pete and Meagan stayed within arms length of each other the whole night," an onlooker tells PEOPLE. "They were super sweet."
"She joined him to watch his set from the back of the stage and danced to his set list," the source adds.
Dressed in a dark green SuitSupply suit and bow tie, Wentz played songs from bands including Gym Class Heroes and Fun.
"He kept jumping on the mic to tell the crowd how proud he was to be from Chicago," the source adds.
Us savages are about to crash this civilized party. Get ready.— Pete Wentz(@petewentz) September 16, 2012
– Lesley Messer
Originally posted 09/06/2012 06:00AM
A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll!
After performing in Chicago on Saturday night, Kelly Clarkson and boyfriend Brandon Blackstock swung by Nellcôte for a private after-party with fellow tour mates The Fray.
Dressed in a T-shirt, jeans and cowboy boots, the Duets mentor, who recently earned a Country Music Association award nomination, "didn't stop dancing" with Blackstock all night, an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
"She was smiling from ear to ear and got excited when the deejay played the Jackson 5," the source adds.
Just after midnight, Clarkson and Blackstock bid the staff farewell and headed out for the evening. But The Fray kept the party going as they sipped on Red Stag cocktails and snacked on Neapolitan-style pizzas.
– Lesley Messer
Originally posted 08/07/2012 06:00AM
Chicago got a taste of Hollywood over the weekend, as stars made their way to the Windy City for the Lollapalooza music festival, where a slew of acts performed, including Red Hot Chili Peppers, Florence + the Machine, Kaskade and Avicii.
Jenny McCarthy, who has been spending a lot of time there with her Chicago Bears beau Brian Urlacher, skipped the festival itself, but took part in some festivities, sans her man.
Arriving at the Gilt City Better than Backstage rooftop brunch, the Playboy cover girl – clad in a pair of M2F Brand Denims and sky high platform shoes – nibbled on veggies and dip, and took in the skyline.
"She looked very happy and seemed really excited to meet Chicagoans at the party," an onlooker tells PEOPLE.
Originally posted 05/28/2012 05:55AM
Kelsey Grammer's wife Kayte Walsh hasn't even given birth to their twins yet, but the actor is already a doting dad.
After cutting the ribbon to officiate the grand opening of Davidoff's first American cigar lounge on Thursday, Grammer was "so friendly" as he chatted with fellow guests about how excited he is to be a dad again, according to an onlooker.
"He was also saying that the twins are expected in July, and he'll be heading back to L.A. for their birth," the insider explains to PEOPLE of the Boss star, during the private party, located at Humidor of Westmont, right outside of Chicago. "He happily posed for photos with guests, but didn't drink and overall kept a calm and easygoing composure."
– Dahvi Shira
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