SEEN ON THE SCENE: Fans of the one-and-only Michael Jordan were thrilled to spot the NBA legend celebrating his mother’s birthday at his namesake Michael Jordan Steak House on Boul Mich. The party of eight feasted on quite the spread. For those who want to know, Michael’s steak-of-choice that evening was the bone-in filet. … “Chicago PD” star LaRoyce Hawkins was spied at Giordano’s Pizza’s Rush Street location — dropping by to place a delivery order in person. … Meanwhile the Denver Nuggets’ Wilson Chandler was seen over at the Giordano’s in Greektown on Van Buren. … Back from London, now that his hit “Mr. Selfridge” PBS series has wrapped, Our Town’s Jeremy Piven made the scene at RPM Steak, where (separately) “Empire” diva Taraji P. Henson was seen dining with Ne-Yo. Also seen at RPM Steak were Sox pitcher Jose Quintana, the Cardinals’ Dean Anna, the Royals’ Eric Hosmer, and new “Empire” cast member Lil Romeo. … Recent RPM Italian sightings have included the Sox’s Melky Cabrera. … Jay Cutler was seen partying hearty at Studio Paris. … Gibson’s Rush Street steakery was the restaurant of choice the other night for a power trio that included: former Mayor Rich Daley, his longtime pal and now law partner Terry Newman, and real estate guru Miles Berger. … Duncan Keith lunched at Prime and Provisions on Tuesday. … New Bulls player Denzel Valentine was spotted dining in the bar at Mastro’s Thursday night. … The Cleveland Indians’ pitcher Joe Colon stopped by Harry Caray’s on Kinzie to chow down on the eatery’s popular Holy Cow! burger. … Sammy Hagar was seen dining at uber-posh Italian eatery Spiaggia, which may be one of Chicago’s finest Italian restaurants, but was complimented by the “Red Rocker” Hagar for its more casual, laid-back dress code. … Fans of the original “Ghostbusters” scoped out one of that classic comedy’s stars — Jennifer Runyon, when the Chicago native was seen dining at Harry Caray’s in Rosemont. … Our TV stars are frequently spied at eateries and watering holes all over Chicagoland. WMAQ-Channel 5’s political pro Mary Ann Ahern recently showed up for a bit of Mexican fusion food at Mesa Urbana in Northbrook. … To launch their new season at “Windy City Live,” co-hosts Ryan Chiaverini and Val Warner hosted their studio audience to lunch at Rosebud’s newest restaurant — Mama Boy’s on North Dearborn. … Finally, Chicago’s improv queen Charna Halpern is tickled her book, “Truth in Comedy” is now what she’s calling “tri-lingual,” since it’s been translated into Chinese — after its earlier translation into Spanish. The iO Theatre co-founder says she’s getting demands for materials on the world of improv comedy from all over the world. Hence publisher Pioneer Drama Service to translate her book into other languages as well.
Dishing on the town: Michael Jordan, Rich Daley, Jeremy Piven
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