Being celebrated in the Windy City, Reese Witherspoon was the guest of honor at the Gene Siskel Film Center inside the Ritz-Carlton Chicago on Saturday night (June 23).
Upon arrival to the event dubbed 'An Evening with Reese Witherspoon', the expecting actress spoke about how the visit to the Midwest locale brought her back to her teenage years, telling the Sun-Times, "You know, I grew up in Nashville and, for us, coming to Chicago was always a big deal. It was all about coming to the big city. One of my favorite memories was coming up here with a bunch of my girlfriends in high school to buy our prom dresses. . . . We thought we were really in the big-time then!”
Presented with the Renaissance Award from "The Descendants" director Alexander Payne during the posh affair, Miss Witherspoon was praised in a Gene Siskel Film Center release previously naming her as their annual award recipient.
The statement said: “Reese Witherspoon is truly a Renaissance woman, demonstrated by her wide range of memorable roles in such varied films as Pleasantville, Cruel Intentions, Election, and the Legally Blonde films. Her extraordinary performance as June Carter Cash in Walk The Line earned her the 2006 Academy Award for Best Actress, a BAFTA, Golden Globe Award®, Screen Actors Guild Award, New York Film Critics Award, Broadcast Film Critics Award, People’s Choice Award in addition to 11 other honors.”
Along with being “very excited” about her baby on the way, the 36-year-old big screen darling is currently filming "Devil’s Knot” in Atlanta with Colin Firth. “And, after I finish that, I’m going to take a little time off — and go have a baby,” she added (with a wink).