Kim Kardashian’s last public appearance in the Chicago area — a highly anticipated promotional appearance at the Michael Hill Jeweller store in Water Tower Place mall in 2010 — started two hours late and lasted only 20 minutes.
Will that deter Kardashian’s fans from attending her appearance with her sister Khloe on behalf of their Kardashian Kollection at Sears in Woodfield Mall in Schaumburg Friday?
Of course not.
Whether you like it or — in the case of “Mad Men” star Jon Hamm — not, the Kardashians continue to have a loyal following thanks to their E! reality show “Keeping up with the Kardashians” and its spin-offs, including “Kourtney & Kim Take New York” and “Khloe & Lamar,” not to mention their extraordinary ability to remain in the headlines.
Just last week, Khloe was featured on the covers of Cosmopolitan and In Touch Weekly, while Kim appeared on a corner of that same In Touch Weekly cover and the covers of People and US Weekly because of her rumored new relationship with Kanye West.
(Coincidentally, Kim was on hand two years ago when the Chicago rapper screened his short film, “Runaway,” at ShowPlace Icon Theatre in the South Loop and was spotted with him afterward at Bijan’s Bistro in River North following her Michael Hill appearance -- both events occurred on the same day. No word on whether West will join her in Chicago Friday.)
In order to be part of the Sears meet-and-greet and receive a signed photo, you must make a Kardashian Kollection purchase between April 15-20, and you need to be one of the first 200 people in line at the store. The Kardashian Kollection is sold exclusively at Sears and includes handbags, lingerie, swimwear, jewelry and footwear.
"Meeting fans is my favorite part of my job so I have literally been counting down the days for this," Khloe wrote on her blog Monday.
The oldest Kardashian sister, Kourtney, who in 2009 hosted a “Kourtney & Khloe Take Miami” premiere party with Khloe at River North nightclub Enclave and in 2010 promoted Rejuvicare beauty products with her mother, Kris Jenner, at a Walgreens in Lake Bluff, originally was scheduled to attend Friday but has since backed out. I’m told she is far along in her pregnancy and that is limiting her travel.
Like her sisters, Kim has appeared at Enclave. In 2008 she hosted an Akira fashion show at the club while in the early stages of her fame. According to an Enclave spokeswoman, attendance was at capacity by the time Kim arrived.
Heads up: Actress Jenny McCarthy will appear at the "Rescue Our Angels" benefit for Generation Rescue, which provides assistance to families affected by autism, at Rockit Bar & Grill May 24. ... The Bears’ Brian Urlacher and Lance Briggs will sign autographs at Lake Barrington Fieldhouse in Lake Barrington June 1. Click here for tickets. … Former "American Idol" runner-up Crystal Bowersox will perform at the third annual Dempster Foundation Casino Night, hosted by the Cubs' Ryan Dempster, at the Palmer House Hilton May 9.
Good luck: Chicagoan Judson Allen will appear on the upcoming season of Food Network's"Food Network Star," which debuts May 13. Allen owns his own catering business, Healthy Infused Cuisine, and recently lost 100 lbs.
On the record: "I would never compare anyone to my friend's wife. Come on now, that doesn't even sound like me. If I don't say something in a rap or on Twitter, it's not true." -- Kanye West talks to US Weekly about the magazine's report that he referred to Kim Kardashian as his Beyonce. Beyonce, of course, is married to West's pal, Jay-Z.
"When you marry someone, it is essential they have the same beliefs, morals & a similar upbringing as you. Otherwise, you end up like me." - Former "America's Next Top Model" winner and Joliet native Adrianne Curry, via Twitter. Curry was married to "Brady Bunch" star Christopher Knight before the couple divorced in August.
Sightings: The members of The Fray dined at Nellcote Monday while in town for their show at The Riviera. … The Blackhawks’ Jonathan Toews dined at Mastro’s Steakhouse Tuesday following his team’s loss to the Phoenix Coyotes at the United Center. … The members of Portugal. The Man had dinner at Old Town Social Tuesday. … The Bulls’ C.J. Watson, Jimmy Butler, Ronnie Brewer and John Lucas III had dinner and drinks at Market following Monday’s loss to the Washington Wizards. … The Blackhawks’ Viktor Stalberg, Duncan Keith and Marian Hossa all had dinner separately at RPM Italian Monday.
Watch this: Fall Out Boy frontman and Evanston native Patrick Stump made a cameo on "Law & Order" in 2008 and this week appeared on FOX's"House" this week (see the video below).