Famous Chicagoans share their favorite memories of the city
Notable natives share their best childhood memories.
Stars: They’re just like us! Not really. But a lot of them grew up here, and we’ve collected dozens of their funny, touching or just plain unbelievable childhood stories.
The South Side native recalls his first intro to hip-hop and a stint as a Bulls ball boy.
The gospel giant once sneaked secular music through a blues club’s door.
The LEYE heirs and Paris Club bosses recall growing up in the restaurant business.
The Tony Award–winning choreographer remembers playing a corpse for Ruth Page.
The hip-hop artist and aspiring politico remembers Regal talent shows and artists’ communities.
The Public Enemies director’s works lift imagery and story lines from his Chicago childhood.
The best-selling author and kids’ writing mentor experienced his own little Woodstock on the North Shore.
The writer/composer revisits the Taft High memories that inspired him to write the original Grease.
The mayor-elect takes a trip down memory lane (also known as State Street).
The “Savage Love” columnist took refuge in “arty-farty” movie palaces.
Greasy bags of fries and divey dog stands were big influences on Hot Doug’s owner.
The Olympic gold-medalist figure skater remembers hitting the ice at Skate on State.
The pastry ace spent her teen years seeking out cool vintage finds and dancing to new wave.
The author recalls the creepy haunts of Near South Side viaducts.
The pioneering fashion photographer remembers his first run-in with art.
We mined our Over & Out archives for some of our favorite personalities’ childhood stories.