By Luis Gomez
August 8, 2011
The city's trendiest spots were swarming with celebrities from the sports and entertainment world this past Lollapalooza weekend — from what I hear. I didn't actually see too many. In what became a reoccurring theme throughout the weekend, they seemed to arrive after I’d just left or I simply didn’t notice them.
I didn't spot any bold names taking in Chet Haze's performance Thursday at the Underground, so imagine my surprise when I heard the next day that "Scream" star David Arquette, "Twilight" star Kellan Lutz and "Superbad" star Christopher Mintz-Plasse all stopped by that night.
I also didn't see Lutz or Mintz-Plasse when they stopped by the Belve Music Lounge party at the W Chicago-City Center on Friday and Saturday, respectively, though I was there both nights, or Arquette at the Rolling Stone brunch at Paris Club's upstairs lounge, Studio Paris, Saturday. Arquette, of course, got there after I'd just left for the Gilt City rooftop pool party at EnV Chicago in the River North neighborhood.
(I did, however, see Mintz-Plasse and actor Simon Rex at the latter party. Mintz-Plasse also stopped by Public House on Thursday.)
Why is spotting the celeb myself important? Because I come away with details I might not get from sources. I might not have known former Bull Kirk Hinrich danced on a booth or that the Dallas Mavericks' Shawn Marion knows every word to Bell Biv DeVoe's "Poison" if I hadn't seen them with my own eyes at Studio Paris on Saturday.
And I wouldn't have known that Disturbed frontman David Draiman wears those tusklike labret piercings even to a semi-upscale charity event such as GALApalooza, which benefits the Parkways Foundation, inGrant Park.
That doesn't mean I spent the entire weekend scouring bars and clubs for, say, Lollapalooza founder Perry Farrell, who I hear dined at Japonais on Thursday, or "Saturday Night Live" cast member Jason Sudeikis, who I hear was spotted at Second City's "Southside of Heaven" show, Paris Club and Hub 51. I just kept an eye out for famous faces wherever I was.
But I couldn't be everywhere, so I needed to rely on others. That's how I know Faith Hill bought a kimono at Sofia and fellow country music star Brad Paisley picked out guitar pedals at the Chicago Music Exchange on Friday afternoon. And that the New York Yankees' Derek Jeter dined at Roots Handmade Pizza, Gibsons Bar and Steakhouse and Chicago Cut Steakhouse last week. I also hear the guys from Muse dined at N9NE Steakhouse on Thursday.
Around 3 a.m. Sunday — after I'd walked by Bruno Mars at the Underground but failed to see fellow singer Cee Lo Green and rapper Nas there — I decided to call it a night for what had been a party-heavy weekend. Not long after that, I received a text: "Lindsay Lohan got here the second you walked out."
Of course she did.
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