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1. Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson was born and raised in Englewood, Chicago.

2. R. Kelly

R. Kelly

Kelly was born in Hyde Park but raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood of Chicago.

3. Common


Common grew up in the Calumet Heights neighborhood in Chicago

4. Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco

Lupe Fiasco was born in Chicago. When he entered the sixth grade he went to live with his father in Harvey, Illinois.

5. Shonda Rhimes

Shonda Rhimes

Rhimes was born in Chicago and grew up in Park Forest.

6. Bernie Mac

Bernie Mac

Mac was born in Chicago and raised on the South Side.

7. Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton

Minnie Riperton was born and raised in Chicago

8. Curtis Mayfield

Curtis Mayfield

Born in Chicago, Mayfield and his family moved around before settling in the housing projects of Cabrini Green.

9. Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius

Don Cornelius was born on the South Side of Chicago and raised in the Bronzeville neighborhood.

10. Chaka Khan

Chaka Khan

Born in Chicago, Chaka Khan was raised in Hyde Park.

11. Twista


Twista grew up in on the West Side of Chicago in the Lawndale neighborhood.

12. Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones grew up on the South Side of Chicago.

13. Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Howard was born in Chicago but raised in Clevland, Ohio.

14. Sherri Shepherd

Sherri Shepherd

Our very own Sherri Shepherd was born in Chicago!

15. Mr. T

Mr. T

Mr. T was born and raised in the Robert Taylor Homes. Known to be one of the poorest housing projects in Chicago.

16. Drummer Tony Williams

Drummer Tony Williams

Williams was born in Chicago.

17. Craig Robinson

Craig Robinson

Born in Chicago, Robinson was raised on the South Side.