It’s hard to predict what we can expect from Chicago’s celebrity scene in 2012. There could be another blockbuster movie coming our way (like “Man of Steel” in 2011) or one passing us over (“The Dark Knight Rises”). And there could be another celeb moving to the area (Rosie O’Donnell) or one leaving it (
Rather than try to make a prediction, I'll stick to what I know. Here is a look at some of the new celeb-related venues and projects in Chicago that have been confirmed for 2012:
RPM Italian: Giuliana and
Billy Corgan’s unnamed tea shop:
Alain’s: The Bears’ Israel Idonije is throwing his, um, helmet into the restaurant industry. The co-host of food show “Game Time Dine” (which aired for two seasons on
Lisa Marie Varon’s unnamed comfort food restaurant: Pro wrestler Lisa Marie Varon knows a thing or two about owning a restaurant. Varon — currently known as Tara in TNA Wrestling (she was Victoria during her
Rockit Ranch goes Hollywood: Rockit Ranch Productions — the team behind Sunda, The Underground and Rockit Bar & Grill — is looking to expand into the film industry this year. "Rockit Ranch is in the process of looking at scripts to produce a movie in Chicago," said Rockit Ranch CEO Billy Dec by email. "It's a dream of ours we are starting to pursue. We've been meeting with a lot of talent here."