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David Letterman (With 'Creepy' Beard) At Duckworth Fundraiser in West Loop

By Stephanie Lulay | October 18, 2016 8:00pm | Updated on October 19, 2016 8:42am
 Legendary late-night talk show host David Letterman was spotted at a fundraiser for Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth Tuesday in the West Loop.
Legendary late-night talk show host David Letterman was spotted at a fundraiser for Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth Tuesday in the West Loop.
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Tammy Duckworth campaign

WEST LOOP — Top Ten places to spot a legendary talk show host Tuesday? 

Perhaps a political fundraiser in Illinois.  

Former "Late Show" host David Letterman was spotted at a fundraiser for Democratic U.S. Rep. Tammy Duckworth on Tuesday at Carnivale in the West Loop. 

Letterman was in town Tuesday night to support Duckworth, who aims to unseat incumbent Sen. Mark Kirk (R-IL) in November. 

Letterman heard Duckworth speak at a fundraiser for Sen. Al Franken (D-MN) and was so impressed he volunteered to help her campaign, said a Duckworth spokeswoman. 

Letterman, sporting a freshly shaved head and new impressive beard, posed for photos with Duckworth and Carnivale co-owner Bill Marovitz, a former Illinois state senator. 

Letterman told the New York Times ​this week that he doesn't plan to shave the beard anytime soon. 

“I just got tired of shaving every day, but then it became something else, and I’m not quite sure what it became.”

He added: “My family has given up on the beard. My son thinks it’s creepy.”

A comedian and producer, Letterman hosted a late night television talk show for 33 years, beginning in 1982 on NBC, and ending his career in 2015 on CBS. 

Letterman's visit to Carnivale follows a summer of star sightings in the red-hot West Loop neighborhood.  

In June, Robert De Niro was in the neighborhood to break ground on the new Nobu Hotel project on Randolph. The planned hotel at Peoria and Randolph streets will bring more than 100 new hotel rooms and a 10,000-square-foot restaurant and rooftop terrace to Randolph's restaurant row. 

In July, Adele told her 20,000 fans dined at Chef Stephanie Izard's Girl & the Goat on Randolph during her United Center concert in Chicago. 

In August, singer Gwen Stefani was spied eating dinner with family and friends at RM Champagne Salon in the West Loop. 

David Letterman in Chicago on Tuesday. (Tammy Duckworth campaign)

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