There was a Superman sighting of a different kind in downtown Chicago on Thursday.
Michael Jordan attended the grand opening of his new restaurant in the InterContinental Hotel, Michael Jordan's Steak House, less than a mile from where “Man of Steel” recently filmed in the city. It was Jordan's third visit to the restaurant since it opened in late August.
The Bulls legend was greeted by a large crowd on the sidewalk outside of the restaurant as well as fans who packed the median on Michigan Avenue. Once inside the private event, Jordan took a seat in a security-protected booth in the corner of the restaurant. He was later joined by his former Bulls teammate, Scottie Pippen, and Pippen's wife and “Real Housewives of Miami” cast member, Larsa.
Guests surrounded their booth all night and seemed more interested in getting a photo with Jordan than the actual food (passed appetizers included jumbo shrimp, garlic bread and my favorite, as usual, steak). Most were unsuccessful in getting a photo with Jordan and some even had a hard time just getting a photo of him. Security frequently raised their hands to cover Jordan when they spotted guests trying to take a photo.
The cameras came out in full force when Jordan joined emcee Bill Kurtis in the middle of the restaurant to briefly address the VIP crowd (including the Bears' J'Marcus Webb and former Buffalo Bills coach Marv Levy).
“I want to say to the Chicago people, thank you for your support,” Jordan said. “Ever since I came to this city in 1984, you guys have taken me in like I was one of your own.
“I hope you guys enjoy yourself here. I think you guys are going to be very happy with the food. I think you're going to be very happy with the hospitality ... Once again, it's always great to be back in Chicago and to enjoy the warmth that I feel every time I'm in Chicago.”