Shailene Woodley, whose character leaves the “faction” she was born into for another (in the story, society is divided into five different factions), was joined at the restaurant by Miles Teller, her jealous rival in the film, and co-stars Zoe Kravitz, Theo James, Jai Courtney, Ben Lamb, Ben Lloyd Hughes, Christian Madsen (son of Chicago native Michael Madsen) and Chicago actress Amy Newbold.
Kate Winslet, Mekhi Phifer and recent addition Ashley Judd also star in the movie but were not on hand for the cast dinner.
“Divergent” began filming April 8 at Cinespace Chicago Film Studios on the West Side. Gov. Pat Quinn claimed the movie, currently filming under the alias “Catbird,” will create 1,000 jobs and contribute $30 million to the local economy. “Divergent” is based on the young adult novels by Chicago author Veronica Roth.
“It still seems so unreal to me that any of this is happening,” wrote Roth on her blog April 8. “Every time I experience something that makes it feel more real, I go through this period of shock like I'm the kid in that David After Dentist video.”
Also filming in Chicago last week was NBC’s “Chicago Fire,” which returned to shoot Friday at Lottie’s Pub in the Bucktown neighborhood, and the independent film “Open Tables,” which stars Joel Murray and filmed Thursday at The Goddess and Grocer, also in Bucktown.
Heads up: The first annual Woody’s Wiffle Ball Classic — hosted by retired Cub Kerry Wood — is set for Aug. 10 and will feature a wiffle ball tournament and celebrity home run derby at Wrigley Field (with Wood pitching, no less), as well as an after-party at nearby John Barleycorn. The fundraiser for the Wood Family Foundation will replace the annual Strike Zone Celebrity Bowling Tournament.
Help wanted: The producers of Oxygen’s “Bad Girls Club” will hold an open casting call Saturday at Bar Louie in the South Loop. For details, go to bunim-murray.com.
Sightings: Rapper Q-Tip DJed Friday at the Hennessy Black-sponsored “Downtown 88” art show, which featured work by Chicago artist Hebru Brantley, at Lacuna Artist Loft Studios. … Gary Sinise (“CSI: NY”) had lunch Tuesday at Gibsons Bar & Steakhouse in the Gold Coast. Rapper B.o.B dined there April 4. … Carla Gugino (“Spy Kids”) dined at Paris club April 1 and 6 while in town to film the ABC pilot “Doubt.” … Debi Mazar (“Entourage”) and Little Big Town singer Kimberly Schlapman stayed at The Wit hotel Tuesday through Thursday. They were in town for the Scripps Networks upfront event at the Chicago Theatre. … Eamonn Walker (“Chicago Fire”) hung out Friday at Drumbar in the Raffaello hotel. … Singer Tristan Prettyman had dinner Friday at Nellcote. … The Bulls’ Jimmy Butler, White Sox executive vice president Kenny Williams and TNT basketball personality Mike Fratello were spotted, separately, Wednesday at Tavern on Rush. … The Blackhawks’ Patrick Kane hung out Tuesday at Board Room. Teammate Dave Bolland dined on April 5 at Roka Akor. … The Bears’ Matt Forte appeared at the Macy’s on State Street Thursday to kick off the Men’s Style Event.