Celebrities are cashing in on their fame by designing clothes, concocting fragrances, writing books and creating fine art. For those shopping for the celebrity obsessed, it has never been easier.
Anderson's Bookshop in Downers Grove and Naperville carries a number of books by celebrities and often has signed copies available. Some authors who have held signings at the store or who have signings planned before the holidays include:
"Puff the Magic Dragon";
"My Mommy Hung the Moon";
"Late Late at Night"; and
"Beyond the Cleavage."
More than 200 authors visit the shop each year. An
costs the price of the book, as Anderson's doesn't charge extra for autographed copies. The Book Stall at Chestnut Court in Winnetka is another store selling autographed books.
It's not unusual for celebrities to have many different creative talents. Consider giving your favorite rock 'n roll fan a
His paintings and those by other celebrities like Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer
former lead singer of
are available at Wentworth Gallery located in Woodfield Shopping Center in Schaumburg. Artwork ranges in price from about $700 up to more than $70,000. The "Liberty" painting by Paul Stanley featured here is a limited edition valued at about $6,050.
For a gift a girl will always feel special wearing, choose jewelry by a designer also worn by the stars.
is a Chicago jewelry designer whose pieces have been worn by the likes of actresses
both from "Gossip Girl," and
Her jewelry is sold at the TZEN Boutique in Northbrook Court. Prices range from $85 to $500 with one of a kind pieces starting at $1,500. Also, check out designs by
recommended by stylists Jesse Garza and Joe Lupo of Chicago's Visual Therapy. Favorites of the "The Oprah Show, " Garza and Lupo note that
jewelry has been spotted on
Pieces range from $1,750 to $150,000 and can be purchased at Neapolitan in Winnetka.
Many celebrities also have their names on
bottles of wine,
but film director, producer and screen writer
has his own winery. Binny's Beverage Depot carries the wine along with other wine and spirits bottles featuring: golfers
A bottle of wine or spirits range from $7.99 to $49.99.
For an affordable piece of gear carried around by celebrities, consider purchasing a
that will be available through Dec. 24, 2010. The collection includes totes, satchels, cross-body bags and mini messenger styles in denim, pink leopard print, black velvet and patent ranging in price from $14.99-$49.99. Mulberry is an
luxury leather goods brand that has been spotted on actress
Several actresses and rock stars have taken fashion to a new level by launching their own lines.
has bags, shoes and clothes carried at
and other department stores. The cape shown here costs $68, while the money holder key chains retail for $25. Nordstrom carries rocker
L.A.M.B. brand as well as Elizabeth & James by
The Elizabeth & James poncho retails for $245.
Perhaps the most anticipated celebrity fragrance to be released before the holiday season is
Purr packaged in a cat-shaped bottle and priced for between $36 and $65 at Nordstrom.
fragrance for $35 and sells a bevy of celebrity scents from
In Chicago, you don't have to be an actress or a rock star to be a celebrity. The city is home to many chefs that have achieved celebrity status. Give your favorite foodie the
gift of a meal
at one of their restaurants like the
Girl and the Goat,
owned by Chef
a former "Top Chef" winner. Entrees cost between $16 and $25. Buy a bottle of the Drunken Goat house wine that Izard helped blend for between $48 and $60. Other celebrity restaurants and chefs in Chicago include:
Tru featuring Pastry Chef