Chicago celebrates the Oscars

February 26, 2012 8:58:14 PM PST
You didn't have to be in Hollywood to enjoy a good Oscar party. There were parties throughout the city, including one at the Rockit Bar & Grill in River North and the Gene Siskel Film Center.

"It's the Super Bowl for fashion," Renny Rainer said. "I don't care about football. This is my Super Bowl."

It was Oscar night, Chicago style at the Gene Siskel Center, where there was a glamorous red carpet. It was the only officially sanctioned party by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.

Which means being particular with what to wear.

"I'm wearing Tahari," said Sheleta Shaw. "And Steve Madden on the feet as always."

Close to 300 people packed the center, waiting to see who would win top prize.

Everybody had their favorites.

"Of course, 'the Artist,' " said Elena Saooahina.

"I like Brad Pitt in 'Money Ball,' that's who I'm going for," said John Moore

Film buffs also packed Rockit Bar & Grill with hosts Richard Roeper and Billy Dec, who provided live commentary throughout the telecast.

Guests got to cast their own ballot predictions and prizes were handed out to those with the most right answers.

"I was at the Academy Awards for nine years in a row and it's more fun to watch them with the Chicago crowds, because the Hollywood crowd is so jaded," Roeper said.