SEEN ON THE SCENE: Oscar nominee and frequent “Empire” mainstay Gabourey Sidibe was spotted enjoying some sun sitting on the front bench at Public Chicago, chatting with a friend. … TV personality and “Extreme Makeover Home Edition” host Ty Pennington was seen dining at STK Chicago the other night. … Ditto (separately) for the Blackhawks’ Corey Crawford and fellow teammates Andrew Shaw and Patrick Kane. … “Chicago PD” actress Marina Squerciati was spotted spooling pasta with pals at chef Sarah Grueneberg’s West Loop hotspot Monteverde — just a few tables away from castmates Sophia Bush and Jesse Soffer. … The legendary Leslie Uggams and her husband Grahame Pratt were seen dining at Joe’s Stone Crab, while Uggams was in town filming “Empire.” … Other recent Joe’s sightings have included Eamonn Walker (“Chicago Fire”) and Simon Rex. … Speaking of “Empire,” castmates Trai Beyers and Grace Gealey also were recent Joe’s diners. … Chicago Cut Steakhouse continues to be popular with Blackhawks players, with fans recently noting Patrick Kane, Niklas Hjalmarsson, Brandon Mashinter, Corey Crawford, Teuvo Teravainen and Erik Gustafsson as being seen having dinner at the steakery adjacent to the Chicago River. … Fans of TV celebrity chef Ming Tsai will want to know he will be visiting Lurie Children’s Hospital Friday to host an interactive, healthy cooking demonstration for kids at the hospital, along with their families and the Family Reach Foundation. … Chicago Cubs announcer Len Kasper was spied dining at Harry Caray’s in River North. … While in town promoting his O.J. Simpson series on FX, Cuba Gooding, Jr. was a late-night sighting at Public House in River North, happily signing autographs and posing for photos with fans. … Shortly after opening “2666” at the Goodman, the theater’s artistic director Robert Falls flew to Munich for a series of meetings with artists of the host theater, the Residenztheater, where he saw “Die Netzwelt” (The Nether”) and a German version of “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf” — as well as a production of “Fidelio” at the Bavarian State Opera — before winging home to celebrate his birthday here this Wednesday. Wonder if future Goodman productions will include some German accents?
Star sightings: Gabourey Sidibe, Patrick Kane, Robert Falls
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