Chicago’s cold weather a hot topic for celebrities

Gabourey Sidibe films "Empire" in Chicago.
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Chicago Tribune

Stars, they’re just like us! They’re also finding it difficult to function in Chicago’s unbearable cold.

“Whoa .… Chicago is hella cold. I gotta break off all of my friendships with people who don’t live in my bedroom or kitchen. I’m a house-person now,” actress Gabourey Sidibe tweeted this week. She is back in town filming the rest of Season 4 of the Fox drama “Empire.”

The city’s subfreezing temperatures seemed to vex even celebrities who are from here.

The Chicago rock band Twin Peaks updated the lyrics of its song “Good Lovin’” at Thalia Hall over the weekend to reflect the weather: “It’s (expletive) freezing in Chicago. The snow falls on my window.”


Rapper Vic Mensa, who hails from the South Side and is often in Chicago, tweeted last week: “Chicago I’m sorry I left you for so long but I’m back to freeze to death with you.” He helped celebrate the opening of the new Near North bar/lounge LiqrBox.

Comedian Cameron Esposito, who grew up in Western Springs and now lives in the Los Angeles area, came home for the holidays. “Packing for Chicago & all my winter looks are 4 jackets worn simultaneously,” she tweeted.

Comedian Michael Blackson was in town to perform at Chicago native DeRay Davis’ event at the Arie Crown Theater, and it’s unclear if he will ever return. “Love u Chicago but next New Year’s Eve I’ll (be) going to a warmer climate,” he tweeted.

One celebrity who doesn’t seem to mind our snowy weather? “Blue Bloods” star Donnie Wahlberg, who lives in St. Charles with his wife, Jenny McCarthy. “This is really the most fun I have all year,” Wahlberg said last week about plowing his driveway.


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