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Exclusive Portrait: A Happy New Year with Shay Mitchell of ABC Family’s ‘Pretty Little Liars’

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CHICAGO – HollywoodChicago.com rings in the new with an Exclusive Portrait of Shay Mitchell, the up-and-coming actress in ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars.” Mitchell has also authored a novel called “Bliss,” and was in Chicagoland in October meeting her fans and signing the book at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill.

Exclusive Portrait: YouTube Sensation Tyler Oakley in Chicagoland for His New Book ‘Binge’

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CHICAGO – The new media is not without its share of stars, and one of the biggest on YouTube is Tyler Oakley – podcaster, activist and author. He was in the Chicago area in October to promote his new book “Binge,” a series of humorous personal essays. Numerous fans lined up at Anderson’s Bookshop in Naperville, Ill., to meet Oakley at the book signing event.

Exclusive Portrait: Former ‘Nightline’ Anchor Ted Koppel in Chicagoland For New Book

Ted Koppel, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – For 25 years, Edward James Martin “Ted” Koppel anchored the popular ABC-TV news show, “Nightline.” Since leaving the show in 2005, he has held a variety of journalistic and on-air roles, and most recently has written a new book, “Lights Out: A Cyberattack, A Nation Unprepared, Surviving the Aftermath,” indicating that America’s electric grid infrastructure is vulnerable. He appeared at the Old Orchard Barnes & Noble in Skokie, Ill., to promote the book.

Exclusive Portrait: Bill Nye ‘The Science Guy’ in Chicagoland to Promote New Book

Bill Nye, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – One of the most famous bow tie stylists in the world, and one of the greatest advocates for understanding our universe is Bill Nye, “The Science Guy.” He used that nickname in the 1990s, when he hosted a popular kids TV show with that title. He was at the Barnes & Noble book store at Old Orchard in Skokie, Ill., to promote his new book, “Unstoppable: Harnessing Science to Change the World.”

Exclusive Portrait: Sarah Silverman Receives Honor at 51st Chicago International Film Festival

Sarah Silverman, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Sarah Silverman is a one-of-a-kind anarchistic comedian, but she is also making her mark as an actor. She was featured in her new indie film, “I Smile Back,” at the 51st Chicago International Film Festival, where she received the “Breakthrough Performer Award” and walked the Red Carpet on Friday, October 16th.

Exclusive Portrait: Penn Jillette of ‘Penn & Teller’ on New ‘God, No!’ Book at Chicagoland Appearance

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CHICAGO – He is one half of a brand name magic act (“Penn & Teller”), he likes to expose fraud by exclaiming “bullsh*t!” and he’s just written a book about atheism. Penn Jillette – the magician and raconteur – appeared at North Central College on July 7th in Naperville, Ill, on behalf of his book, “God, No! Signs You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales”.

Exclusive Portrait: Gregg Allman For His New Book ‘My Cross to Bear’

Gregg Allman, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Gregg Allman has seen his share of rock and roll sorrow. As an integral part of The Allman Brothers Band, he oversaw the hits – “At Fillmore East” is considered one of the best rock albums ever – and tragedy. Shortly after that album was release in 1971, his brother Duane was killed in a motorcycle accident. The ups and downs from there is chronicled in Gregg Allman’s new book, “My Cross to Bear.”

Exclusive Portrait: Chad Michael Murray Debuts His Graphic Novel ‘Everlast’

Chad Michael Murray, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Teenage heartthrob and former fashion model Chad Michael Murray is expanding his repertoire, as the author of a new graphic novel called “Everlast.” Best known for his role as Lucas Scott in “One Tree Hill,” Murray was in the Chicago area recently signing his novel and greeting admirers.

Exclusive Portraits: Jennifer Hudson in Sweet Home Chicago For Book Signing

Jennifer Hudson, photo by Joe Arce

CHICAGO – Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson came back to her hometown of Chicago last month to sign her new book, “I Got This: How I Changed My Ways and Lost What Weighed Me Down.” She also announced she is moving back to the area, after purchasing a multi-million dollar home right outside the city.

Exclusive Portrait: ‘Extra’ Co-Host Maria Menounos For New Book ‘The EveryGirl’s Guide to Life’

Maria Menounos, photo by Joe Arce.

CHICAGO – Celebrities rarely are as multi-faceted as Maria Menounos. The Greek American ex-beauty queen is the current co-host – with Mario Lopez – of “Extra,” the popular entertainment news program. This is after correspondent duties on “Access Hollywood,” appearing on the “Today” show and acting in TV’s “Without a Trace” and “One Tree Hill.”

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  • Cornerstone, Nothing Without a Company

    CHICAGO – We all need some help. The stage play group Nothing Without a Company realizes that, and has collaborated with the organization “Cornerstone” to provide that assistance. Cornerstone is a seminar and a happening in downtown Chicago, facilitated by “experts” to generate your potential. The presentation has a Thursday-Sunday run at Michigan Avenue’s Artspace 8 through May 6th, 2018. Click here for more details, including ticket information.

  • Cold War

    CHICAGO – Local filmmaking is thriving, thanks to the many creators who choose to make independent movies in Chicago. Co-directors Stirling McLaughlin and J. Wilder Konschak (also writer) brought their cast and crew to the Windy City to make their comedy, “Cold War.” The film made its digital debut on April 6th, 2018, and will be available on iTunes, Google Play, FandangoNow, Amazon, Vudu and more.

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