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"America's Got Talent" will do this week what the National Radio Hall of Fame couldn't last November: It will get legendary shock jock Howard Stern to come to the Chicago area.

Stern — who was inducted into the Chicago-based Hall of Fame but famously skipped the induction ceremony after years of getting snubbed— will tape the NBC talent competition at the Rosemont Theatre Wednesday through Friday. The self-proclaimed "King of All Media" will be joined by fellow judges Howie Mandel, Mel B. and Heidi Klum, as well as host Nick Cannon.

"I would certainly welcome him to the Radio Hall of Fame — as I have an award to give him," said Radio Hall of Fame chairman Bruce DuMont on Saturday by email. Although Stern used his radio show to question DuMont's credibility on the air, DuMont said he would reach out to Stern's agent and NBC to personally invite him to the Hall of Fame.

While Stern is in Rosemont filming "America's Got Talent," his Sirius XM show will replay old episodes. And Abe Kanan, whose Chicago-based "The Abe Kanan Show" airs on Stern's Sirius channel Thursdays and Fridays, said it's unlikely Stern will appear on his show.

Stern's legion of fans (and others) can, however, still look for tickets for the "America's Got Talent" tapings on on-camera-audiences.com. Just don't show up to the Rosemont looking to audition for the judges. Only applicants who tried out online and attended the casting call at McCormick Place in January will be allowed to audition. If you're interested in seeing more of Cannon, he is scheduled to be DJing Tuesday at Hub 51's lower level club, Sub 51.

The eighth season of "America's Got Talent" premieres June 4.

Biggest loser: Table Fifty-Two chef Art Smith ("Top Chef Masters"), who famously lost 120 pounds, will sign copies of his new cookbook, "Art Smith's Healthy Comfort" on Saturday at his Gold Coast restaurant. Of his book, which features more than 150 healthy recipes designed for weight loss, Smith said by email: "If you're challenged with weight and Type 2 diabetes, it will give you great, delicious insight on how a chef known for comfort food did it." He sent the email from Israel, where he and chefs from the Chefs for Peace organization cooked for local diplomats.

On the record: "We were looking for not only great talent as actors, but people we could envision spending a lot of time arguing with but leave a room and still go get a beer. … There was a healthy amount of ego we wanted, which any actor should have, but it should never take the place of the bigger picture of the group." — Northwestern alum David Schwimmer ("Friends") discussing Lookingglass Theatre Company, which he co-founded in 1988, in the latest issue of Michigan Avenue magazine. Schwimmer will direct the theater's Chicago-set play "Big Lake Big City," which opens June 19.

Good cause: The wives of Cubs players, including Kim DeJesus, Lindsay Barney and Brittany Wood, will pass out pink Cubs hats to fans sitting in the Budweiser Bleachers during Wednesday's Cubs-St. Louis Cardinals game at Wrigley Field. The giveaway is part of Chicago Cubs charities' "Pink Out" to promote breast cancer awareness.

About this week: Comedian George Lopez is set to sign his book, "No Voy a Mentir," on Thursday at Giron Books in the Pilsen neighborhood. … Connor Cruise, son of actor Tom Cruise, will DJ Wednesday at Paris Club's upstairs club, Studio Paris.

Sightings: Theo James, Miles Teller and Christian Madsen — who are filming the movie "Divergent" in Chicago — attended Thursday's Bulls-Brooklyn Nets game at the United Center. Injured Bulls star Derrick Rose hung out at Lumen after the game. … Rapper/actor Ludacris dined April 27 at Jellyfish. … Supermodel Cindy Crawford was spotted Wednesday in the bar area of RPM Italian and had her hair done Thursday by George The Salon owner George Gonzalez. DJ Calvin Harris had dinner Friday at RPM Italian. … Javier Colon, past winner of NBC's "The Voice," performed at a benefit for Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago on April 27 at Giordano's in the Gold Coast. … The Bears' Matt Forte dined April 26 at III Forks. Teammate Lance Briggs was spotted Thursday at Public House. … The White Sox's Paul Konerko, John Danks and Chris Sale had dinner April 28 at The Fifty/50.

lgomez@tribune.com

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