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These were the spots for Bay-watching during 'Transformers' shoot

Michael Bay has been called a lot of things during his career in Hollywood, but homebody probably isn't one of them.

The polarizing action director seemed to go out nearly every night while in Chicago filming “Transformers: Age of Extinction” the past two months, just like he did when he filmed “Transformers: Dark of the Moon” here in 2010.

With “Age of Extinction” wrapping the Chicago portion of its shoot Saturday, here's a look at where the cast and crew (but mostly Bay) spent their free time.

Chicago Cut Steakhouse

300 N. LaSalle St.

Sighting: Mark Wahlberg, Bay

Bay was so at home at Chicago Cut he gave staff a glimpse of one the bigger “Transformers” stunts on his phone. “He showed us a scene they filmed on Wacker Drive of a car exploding into a bus,” said Chicago Cut co-owner David Flom. “It was awesome.” According to Flom, Bay asked during his last visit that the restaurant ship steaks to his home in California for his chef to prepare.

Parliament

324 W. Chicago Ave.

Sighting: Bay, Nicola Peltz, Jack Reynor

You would think Bay lived at Parliament, judging by the number of times he was spotted here. He even had a role in the cast party at Parliament, which opened in August. His drink of choice? “He only drank Heinekens,” said Parliament owner Matt Deichl.

Cuvee

308 W. Erie St.

Sighting: Bay

This was Bay's go-to spot while filming “Dark of the Moon,” but that was before Deichl, who previously booked celebrity talent for Cuvee, moved to Parliament and brought much of Bay's business with him. Still, Bay did return to Cuvee during “Age of Extinction” filming on at least two occasions.

Sunda

110 W Illinois St.

Sighting: Wahlberg, Bay, Peltz

No restaurant had as many Wahlberg sightings as Sunda. He at one point dined there two times in three days, and on multiple occasions came with Bay. “We were all fans of (Wahlberg's) action movies, but were pleasantly surprised that he quickly became an overly kind, friendly, appreciative regular, getting to know our staff by name,” said Sunda co-owner Billy Dec.

Paris Club

59 W. Hubbard St.

Sighting: Bay

It's one of the top celebrity hangouts in Chicago, if not the top, thanks to upstairs club Studio Paris. Of course Bay stopped by.

Jellyfish

1009 N. Rush St.

Sighting: Wahlberg

Jellyfish can probably thank the Bulls' Jimmy Butler for this one. The Jellyfish regular played basketball with Wahlberg at the Berto Center in Deerfield last month and then had dinner with him here right before filming wrapped.

Piccolo Sogno

464 N. Halsted St.

Sighting: Wahlberg, Bay

Wahlberg and Bay had dinner here in August with Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Why? Emanuel's brother Ari Emanuel is Wahlberg's agent. The bigger question is who picked up the check?

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