The best place to get the real Tinseltown scoop and see crowds of celebrities together for up-close interaction, autographs and photos is the Chicago Hollywood Celebrity Show.
It's this weekend and actually, not exactly in the Windy City, but a little north of Chicago in Rosemont at the Hilton Rosemont Hotel Ballroom, 5550 N. River Road at O'Hare International Airport.
It's from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday and there are plenty of new famous faces who never have attended before making the trek to greet fans.
Remember, the stars do charge a fee for autographs and photos.
For this weekend's gathering, the organizers even have assembled a reunion of sorts for some famous real-life celebrity TV co-stars, as well as favorite child star cast mates from popular TV series of decades past.
Actor Parker Stevenson, who played one-half of the ABC series "The Hardy Boys Mysteries" from 1977 to 1979 (and is the ex-husband of Kirstie Alley) is attending. Also on hand will be movie actress Terry Moore, who starred in the 1957 film "Peyton Place" and was the final wife of eccentric billionaire Howard Hughes.
Former child star Peter Robbins, who provided the voice of Charlie Brown throughout the 1960s for beloved classic "Peanuts" TV specials like "A Charlie Brown Christmas" and "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," as well the voice-over work for the 1969 feature film "A Boy Named Charlie Brown," will be meeting fans. By 1970, even though another younger voice was cast for the later "Peanuts" TV specials and film projects, 13-year-old Robbins' distinct vocals remained connected to his zig-zag shirt cartoon counterpart. It is his trademark scream of "AAUGGGHH!!" (usually when his baseball pitch is off or Lucy pulls away the football he's about to kick) first used in "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," which has continued to be used.
From the CBS 1966 series "Lost in Space," Mark Goddard who played Maj. Don West and actress Marta Kristen, who played beautiful Judy Robinson, will appear together.
From the big screen, Oscar winner Louise Fletcher who played frigid Nurse Mildred Ratched in the 1975 film "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest" will join actress Kim Darby, John Wayne's 1969 co-star from "True Grit," and Karen Dotrice, who played young Jane Banks in Walt Disney's "Mary Poppins."
TV claim-to-fames like Joe Lando, who played the backwoods hunk/hero opposite Jane Seymour on the CBS series "Dr. Quinn Medicine Woman" will attend, along with John Amos, who played the father on the CBS series "Good Times" and a reunion of the cast of ABC's "What's Happening!!" Actor Ernest Thomas, who played Roger, and originally hails from Gary, will attend with co-stars Danielle Spencer, who played his acid-tongued little sister Dee, as well as Haywood Nelson, who played their pal Dwayne.
For a complete list of more stars and details, visit hollywoodshow.com or call (847) 678-4488.