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Naz / June 18, 2004 10:59 AM

Me and Daley down by the Schoolyard...

I think I'd like to sit down with the Cusacks for some dinner. I'd also like to have a beer with Oprah and shoot the shite - I wanna know if she's ever not chipper chipper chipper.

dan / June 18, 2004 11:01 AM

Studs Terkel, hands down.

Andrew / June 18, 2004 11:11 AM

I'd buy a beer for John Cusak. He just seems like he'd be a fun guy to shoot the shit with.

jennifer / June 18, 2004 11:29 AM

I would like to feed Mark Prior enough Old Style for him to forget that he's married, thereby opening up the door for me to take advantage of him. Ditto for John McEntire of Tortoise. Isn't Bob Odenkirk from the suburbs? I'd love to sit down with him for a few drinks, too.

sandor / June 18, 2004 11:30 AM

That elusive Naz of GB. I hear his kung-fu moves are unstoppable.

Okay, really. One of our celebrity chefs: Michael Altenberg, Shawn McClain, Ted Cizma. Most seem like down-to-earth folk (save your Baylisses and Trotters) and would have endless cooking adventures to regale with. And cooking tips.

Al / June 18, 2004 11:50 AM

John Cusack and Studs Terkel would be great. I'd also like to add Ira Glass because I think he's the coolest and I bet he'd be a funny drunk.

Steve / June 18, 2004 12:08 PM

Chicago's rich and famous should be buying us beers. They can afford to, yaknow? Cheap SOBs never pay for nuthin'.

pat / June 18, 2004 1:30 PM

Martha Plimpton.

dan / June 18, 2004 2:05 PM

Oooh... does Wilmette count? Bill Murray.

Louis / June 18, 2004 2:10 PM

Hello? R Kelly anyone? Can't a thug get a hug around here?

I will always have time for a drink with Martha Nussbaum, philosopher and social theorist extrodinaire down at the U of C. And I'd pay big money to Swill with Enrico Fermi.

Vit / June 18, 2004 3:24 PM

I'd buy a beer for Daley if he'd tell me what his obsession with iron fences was all about. And perhaps if my alderman Ted Matlak would give me a residential parking permit, I'd buy him a beer too, but until then, he can buy his own beer while I look for parking.

robin.. / June 18, 2004 4:23 PM

can i buy a drink for a dead man? nelson algren.

Lisa / June 18, 2004 4:46 PM

John Cusack was my number one, but everyone keeps picking him as their beer buddy, so I'll go with Jeremy Piven. Hey, there's a chance that he might bring John Cusack with him.

As for a purchase for a dead Chicagoan, it would have to be made for Mike Royko.

anthony / June 18, 2004 6:27 PM

South Loop..Mayor Daley..White Sox game in the that's living!!!!

'That Ian' / June 18, 2004 10:44 PM

I'd buy a beer for Ernest Hemingway because he moved to Cuba and that in and of itself rules. Only I'd buy him something way cooler than a beer but I'm not sure what exactly as my alcoholic experience is somewhat less than existent.

nate / June 18, 2004 11:08 PM

I agree that these folks should buy us the beers, but maybe John Mahoney now that he's got lots of free time.

Or Jeff Tweedy, but I would buy him a soda water.

Lyle from Lisle / June 18, 2004 11:57 PM

James Iha. And though she only went to college here, Hope Davis. *sigh*

paul / June 19, 2004 8:38 AM

I don't get the obsession with Cusack. I bet I could drink him under the table pretty quick.

I know Malkovich lives in France, but he'll probably be spending a lot of time here next year for his Steppenwolf appearance. Now there's a guy I could go shot for shot with.

I would also be fun to drink with Sam Zell, Bob Pritzker, Bill Wrigley Jr. and Oprah, just to see who picks up the tab.

Joe / June 19, 2004 1:55 PM

Billy Corgan....He seems like a reasonable rocker.

Archie / June 20, 2004 1:37 AM

Denise Richards. She has a nice rack.

Kris / June 20, 2004 1:58 AM

Doesn't anyone want to buy a drink for Joan Cusack? I do. Hey, she's got the Oscar noms, and she insisted on doing her sitcom here, even if it didn't last. I wouldn't mind having a beer with Bob Falls, either. And anyone who'd pass up a chat with Studs Terkel is clearly insane.

Jen / June 20, 2004 11:22 AM

Bernie Mac.

myrrh / June 20, 2004 1:03 PM

mmm, Liz Phair.

or MJ (depending on my mood, apparently).

Naz / June 20, 2004 3:43 PM

Kris - I noted that I'd like to have dinner with both the Cusacks. I quite like Joan, she seems like she'd be fun to be around.

Lisa / June 20, 2004 8:31 PM

Joan lost her chance to have a drink with me when she began whoring herself for US Cellular. Who's with me? I really detest those commercials.

Steve / June 20, 2004 10:49 PM

I'd love to have a beer with the Cusacks -- as long as they promised to dress like their characters from Sixteen Candles...

Lyle from Lisle / June 20, 2004 10:56 PM

Re Joan Cusack for US Cellular: who among us would deny her the right to get paid? (Well, Lisa, for starters.) It's a testament to her goodwill-to-bankability ratio that she even landed the gig in the first place. And the low residual erosion rate of the goodwill (with me, anyway, not Lisa) is a testament to her enduring coolness.

Recently: What About Joan? made me re-root for her (*I* was watching, Mr. Nielsen), and School of Rock made me re-love her.

I was surprised she grubbed the loot, but I forgive her unconditionally, without judgement.

Should we hold it against the Steppenwolf-ish dudes (Harris, Malkovich, Sinise, Petersen) every time they punch the "edgy psycho" ticket, when we both know they're way above the part? (Think, for example, Sinise in Ransom.)

It's better than Joan borrowing money from her brother, right? Now how about Bonnie Hunt for Vagisil!

paul / June 21, 2004 10:54 AM

I can't hold back from bragging that I've had a drink with William Petersen in Evanston before his CSI days. I'll just say he's one I wouldn't want to go shot for shot with.

Craig / June 21, 2004 12:05 PM

If you want to have a drink with the Cusacks, hike up to the 700 block of Sheridan Rd in Evanston around Thanksgiving... a birdie told me the Cusacks commonly assemble in the lakefront park across the street from their parents' house for a family football game...

Duffman / June 21, 2004 12:42 PM

Everybody's down with me on this thread, oh yeah! Let's get them Cusacks blottoed with the great taste of Duff! And I'll have me one with Denise Richards, aka Titania....

Ramsin / June 21, 2004 12:56 PM

Ald. Richard F. Mell or Ed Burke. I'd love to buy them drink after drink and talk for hours. Mell especially.

After them, Bernie Mac.

Oh, and John Cusack because he's a tepidly likable loser in love. Oh wait, that's not him, that's the only character he can ever play because he's a talentless hack. Never mind.

Pete / July 14, 2004 10:45 AM

Drinks with Terkel, beyond-the-grave drinks with Algren and Mike Royko, and golf with Bill Murray.

Chris / July 16, 2004 6:53 PM

They should buy me a beer. Seriously.

PriorGirl22 / September 29, 2004 9:56 AM

I would love to get james iha and mark prior liquored up so that i could have my way with them, respectively, of course. i'd like to have equal time with each boy.

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