June 25, 2012 08:00 AM

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Reese Witherspoon has got the glow — and the belly to boot!

On hand as the recipient of the Gene Siskel Film Center‘s Renaissance Award in Chicago on Saturday, the expectant actress — who dressed her bump up in a navy shift — graciously accepted her fair share of compliments, but admitted looks can be deceiving.

“Thanks, but frankly I’m feeling very round tonight,” Witherspoon, 36, told reporters.

But despite her curvy figure, the mom-to-be reveals she is still trying her best to steer clear of certain foods — including Chicago’s world-famous pizza!

“It’s not easy,” she says. “I’m always feeling like I’d like to eat everything in sight!”

Before the fall arrival of her first child with husband Jim Toth — the newlyweds are keeping quiet on baby’s sex and possible name choices — Witherspoon has been busy wrapping up her latest film in Atlanta. Costarring actor Colin FirthDevil’s Knot centers around a 1993 crime.

“It happens in Arkansas, and it’s what I’d say is a very American story,” she shares, before adding, “And, after I finish that, I’m going to take a little time off — and go have a baby.”

— Anya Leon

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