Our Celebrity Friends

When you have been around for over 75 years, many famous people are bound to come through your door. We have enjoyed the frequent company of these well-known guests and friends.

  • Frank Sinatra - Visited in the '50s, '60s, '70s, and '80s, shipped ribs and cole slaw to him on the road, and provided 50 orders of ribs for him and his orchestra for a 1982 ChicagoFest appearance.
  • Conan O'Brien, talk show host
  • Filming of MGM picture “Return to Me”: Cast at Twin Anchors® included Bonnie Hunt, David Duchovny, Minnie Driver, Carroll O’Connor, Robert Loggia, Jim Belushi and David Alan Grier. Summer of 1999.
  • Steve Levitan, Hollywood creator and  producer "Modern Family",  “Just Shoot Me”
  • Cosmetic Maven, Marilyn Miglin.  We are mentioned in her book as one of her favorites.
  • Bill Zehme, writer
  • Rick Kogan, WGN 720 AM Radio Host, Chicago Tribune Columnist
  • Mike Thomas, Chicago Sun-Times Feature Writer
  • David Mamet, playwright
  • Denis Savard, NHL and Blackhawk Hall of Famer
  • Ryne Sandberg, former Cubs player and Hall of Famer
  • Roseanne Barr, Comedian, Actress
  • Joel Murray, (Bill's brother) star of Mad Men and others
  • Josh Groban, Singer
  • Bobby Rahal, race car driver, Indy 500 winner
  • NASCAR drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. and Jimmie Johnson
  • Augustana, rock band with Sony Records
  • William Petersen, of TV’s CSI, and a  regular customer when he lived in the neighborhood while performing extensively in local Chicago Theater.
  • C.C. DeVille, lead guitarist from the band Poison
  • Joan Cusack, numerous times
  • Lin Brehmer and Teri Hemert, 93WXRT Chicago
  • Roe Conn , WLS-AM 890, Chicago
  • Garry Meier, WGN-AM 720, Chicago
  • Dean Richards, WGN-AM 720, Chicago
  • Eric and Kathy, WTMX-FM, The Mix 101.9, Chicago
  • Jack Black & Tenacious D – Requested that a 2001 Chicago Tribune interview be conducted over dinner at Twin Anchors®
  • Chris O’Donnell,actor, numerous times
  • Chris Farley, former regular customer prior to his passing
  • Comedian Martin Short
  • Jason Alexander (George from “Seinfeld”)
  • Robin Ventura, Chicago White Sox manager and former star third baseman
  • Bob Brenley, Chicago Cubs announcer
  • Jesse Jackson
  • Mike Ditka
  • Harry Caray
  • John Belushi & Dan Aykroyd – Came in for dinner still wearing Blues Brothers costumes while in town filming the movie.
  • James Cotton, Blues legend
  • Rick Telander, writer for Chicago Sun-Times, Sports Illustrated, Sportswriters Show
  • Chicago Tribune Columnist Mike Royko
  • Charles Barkley, former basketball star and announcer
  • James Hetfield, lead vocalist of Metallica
  • Larry Rothschild, former Cubs pitching coach
  • Race car driver Johnny Rutherford
  • Joey Bishop, good friend of Twin Anchors® founder Bob Walters
  • Bobby Hull
  • Mark Grace , former Cubs player
  • Dennis Rodman and Carmen Electra
  • William “Refrigerator” Perry
  • Nick Nolte , actor
  • Goldie Hawn , actress
  • Valerie Harper , from the old TV show Rhoda
  • Bill Daly, actor from I Dream of Jeannie and The Bob Newhart Show
  • Tom Thayer, Keith Van Horne, & Gary Fencik  of  the Chicago Bears
  • Chicago Cubs stars:  Bill Buckner and Dave Kingman
  • Hockey Coach Mike Keenan, regular customer while coach of Blackhawks
  • Kevin McHale, former Boston Celtic
  • John Olerud, baseball player
  • Dusty Baker, former Cubs Manager
  • Kerry Wood, former Cubs Pitcher
  • Merlin Olson, L.A. Rams Football Hall of Famer
  • Barry Switzer, Won championships as Dallas Cowboys coach and Oklahoma University Football coach.
  • Whitey Herzog, sports announcer and former Manager of the St. Louis Cardinals
  • Doug Bruno, DePaul University Women's Basketball Coach
  • Horatio Sanz, comedian, Saturday Night Live
  • All American Rejects, rock band
  • Emeril Lagasse, American celebrity chef, restaurateur, television personality, and cookbook author
  • Deidre Hall, Star of long-running Soap "Days of our Lives"

The following celebrities have ordered Ribs for carryout when they have been working in or visiting our fine city:

  • Oprah Winfrey, talk show host
  • Janet Jackson, pop star
  • Robert DeNiro – when filming “Mad Dog and Glory”
  • John Madden – when working a Bears broadcast
  • Country Singer Tim McGraw, and road crew came in for dinner
  • Country Singer George Strait -30 ribs to All-State Arena for his post performance buffet, February 2003
  • Country Singer Toby Keith – 40 ribs to All-State Arena for his post performance buffet July 2002
  • Comedian Kathy Griffin, when working Chicago’s Park West

Jennifer Buchanan

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