Chicago All-Stars Chow Down at Another Windy City West Bash

We’re very envious of AP LA reporter Beth Harris. Last night, she got to attend an event in Santa Monica that sounds like it was way more fun than the 2012 Governor’s Ball.

Since 1987, comedian Tom Dreesen has acted as the informal host of an annual “Windy City West” gathering for LA’s various Chicago transplants. At Monday’s 25th-year edition, those in attendance included Chicago Cubs owner Tom Ricketts, “Mr. Cub” Ernie Banks and Harry Carey‘s widow Dutchie. But the quote of the night belongs to NCIS: Los Angeles star Chris O’Donnell:

“It’s unlike any other Hollywood party,” said O’Donnell, who grew up in the Chicago suburb of Winnetka. “ People are actually looking each other in the eye and talking. There’s nobody looking over anyone’s shoulder. That’s the difference. It feels a little more normal to me.”

Among the many other recognizable names squeezing into the M Street Kitchen and Stella Rossa Pizza Bar yesterday were Chaz Ebert, Joe Mantegna, Jeff Garlin (pictured) and Dennis Farina.

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