SEEN ON THE SCENE: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies” star Lee Pace — who also starred in the blockbuster “Guardians of the Galaxy” this year — was spied sipping cocktails in the popular Library Bar at the Public Hotel the other night. … Fans of Dee Snider will want to know the rocker will be performing a mash-up medley from his show “Dee Snider’s Rock & Roll Christmas Tale” at noon Friday in the Atrium at the Thompson Center atrium, 100 W. Randolph. The Twisted Sister mainstay’s show at the Broadway Playhouse at Water Tower Place runs through Jan. 4. … First it was “Chicago Fire” star Christian “Mouch” Stolte who performed as the guest monologist at “The Armando Diaz Experience” at iO Theatre. Now, Harvey native LaRoyce Hawkins, who plays Kevin Atwater on the NBC companion series “Chicago PD,” who will be doing the “Armando” gig this coming Monday. … Ex-Cubs pitcher Ryan Dempster, who announced his retirement from MLB earlier this month — to join the Cubs front office — was spotted at the Harry Caray’s 7th Inning Stretch at Water Tower Place — where they are working on a new exhibit with Dempster for the adjacent Chicago Sports Museum, where you’ll be able to test your best Harry Caray impersonation against Dempster’s inside the museum’s broadcast booth. … Fans of the Hawks’ Corey Crawford were happy to see him dining at Japonais by Morimoto, joined by a lovely lady friend. Separately, Leann Rimes lunched at the West Chicago Avenue sushi-ery Thursday, enjoying sushi and appetizers with a couple of galpals.
Celebs around town: Dee Snider, LaRoyce Hawkins, Lee Pace
Caleb Hannah may be the city’s best-unsigned senior. He had 20 points, eight rebounds and brought the crowd to its feet with a mesmerizing slam early in the fourth quarter.
A CPS dad who has been tracking COVID data pointed out on social media this week that thanks to discrepancies in the district’s figures, the number of infections at individual schools appeared lower than was actually the case.
According to coach Billy Donovan, the six-to-eight week recovery timeline will start once Ball has the surgery, but doctors wanted Ball to take a week to strengthen and rehab the left knee in preparation.
Ald. Brendan Reilly (42nd) has told constituents Vornado Realty Trust has a plan to build at the southwest corner of Kinzie and Canal streets.
A company consultant’s report, under review by the Illinois EPA, doesn’t satisfy a community group that wants the plant shut down.
Omicron anguish: Cook County records 14,000th COVID-19 death as worst surge wanes — but fatalities rise
The state has averaged 107 deaths per day over the past week, a stretch that saw Cook County lose a total of 425 residents to the virus — the worst week since mid-November 2020.