'Mob Wives' filming in Chicago, Lauren Conrad coming to Naperville, Jennifer Hudson honors Whitney Houston

Renee Graziano, Drita D'Avanzo and Angela "Big Ang" Raiola

"Mob Wives" cast members (left to right) Drita D'Avanzo, Renee Graziano and Angela "Big Ang" Raiola visit "The Elvis Duran Z100 Morning Show" at Z100 Studio on January 20, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Chicago might not have its own “Real Housewives” spinoff, but the former home of gangster Al Capone will have its own version of “Mob Wives” beginning this spring.

“Mob Wives: Chicago” — like the New York-based VH1 reality show “Mob Wives” — will revolve around women associated with alleged mobsters and has been filming in Chicago since December. Unlike the original, I’m told “Mob Wives: Chicago” likely will feature five cast members rather than four, but the cast — which will be revealed in the next two to three weeks — will be just as feisty.

“I have always heard the legends about Al Capone and Chicago, but it wasn’t until I actually went to the city that I became enamored with the rich mob history there,” series creator and executive producer Jennifer Graziano said in a press release. “These women’s lives are right off the pages of a storybook!”

Filming has mostly taken place in the “Mob Wives’” homes, but the cast and crew also have been spotted at Bleeding Heart Bakery & Cafe in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood — where two cast members were filmed drinking mimosas — and nearby sports bar The Fifty/50.

The New York version of “Mob Wives” is averaging 2.2 million total viewers per episode in its second season — up 60 percent from last season. VH1 recently launched “Mob Wives: The Sit Down,” which airs right after “Mob Wives” and features cast members discussing that night’s episode.

Speaking of the mob: Reelchicago.com is reporting that a pilot revolving around a female doctor who works for the mob will film in Chicago. Michael Dinner is the executive producer and director of the untitled medical drama pilot for the Fox Network.

Heads up: Heads up: Former “Hills” star Lauren Conrad will sign copies of her new book, “The Fame Game,” at Anderson's Bookshop in Naperville April 18.

About this week: “Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Kandi Burruss will host a private launch party for her Bedroom Kandi sex toy line Tuesday at Angels & Kings. ... “Degrassi” cast members Luke Bilyk, Jahmil French, Aislinn Paul and Melinda Shankar will attend the “Party with Degrassi” screening at Harris Theater in Millennium Park Thursday. For tickets, go to Degrassi's Facebook page.

Sightings: The Bears’ Robbie Gould cycled during Saturday’s Cycle for Survival fundraiser at the Equinox in the Loop to raise money for cancer research. ... Cubs general manager Jed Hoyer and his wife dined at Hub 51 Thursday.

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