June 17, 2005 06:00 AM

While her ex Brad Pitt just finished making the publicity rounds for his hit movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Jennifer Aniston has blown into the Windy City, where she’s due to begin shooting the romantic comedy The Break Up on June 20.

And the actress has been hitting Chicago’s culinary hotspots. Recently, she had dinner with costar Vince Vaughn and a four-person entourage at upscale Italian restaurant Coco Pazzo Cafe. Aniston “was a really nice, down-to-earth lady. When they walked in, you wouldn’t have known they were movie stars,” says manager Marco Mendoza. The tip-off? A couple of bodyguards sat at a nearby table.

For dinner, Aniston – who wore her hair down and was dressed in a white blouse and jeans – sipped Chardonnay and dined on Cornish hen and a salad of mixed greens. Afterward, the group shared panna cotta, gelato and tartuffo for dessert. “They were talking, smiling, having fun,” says server Fausto Espinoza. “They were just having a good time.” And at the meal’s end, Vaughn picked up the check. So, was he a good tipper? “Yes!” says the waiter.

Who’s That Girl?
Scarlett Johansson recently went on a shopping spree at hip Malibu boutique Spirituali. The actress spent almost $600 on three long skirts and a necklace that reads “Love” at the New Age-esque store. But when she brought her goods up to pay by credit card, Johansson was asked to produce identification. “(The clerk) had no clue who she was when she paying,” says an onlooker. “She was really cool about it and funny. She said, ‘But I’m my ID!’ She was a sweetheart.”

Caught in the Act
Renee Zellweger and Kenny Chesney, hanging out poolside at Las Vegas’s Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino, after the country singer’s sold-out concert at the hotel.

Usher and Anna Kournikova, dining separately at the rooftop garden at New York City restaurant SushiSamba 7. The Grammy winner liked the Japanese, Brazilian and Peruvian-inspired fare so much that he returned the next day for a late lunch with a lady friend to another of the restaurant’s outpost’s, SushiSamba Park.

• A very pregnant Saturday Night Live star Maya Rudolph, enjoying a late dinner at Mr. Cecil’s California Ribs in Sherman Oaks, Calif. She and four friends dined on barbecued chicken, hush puppies and grilled corn on the cob with a chili lime butter.


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