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'Gravity' hero once lived in Lake Zurich

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"Gravity" star Sandra Bullock has never eaten here, and the menu does not have a "Dr. Ryan Stone" sandwich named after her character. Customers at the Koffee Kup diner in downtown Lake Zurich aren't sure how their suburb earned a mention from Bullock's character in the movie opening tonight.

Burt Constable | Staff Photographer

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Lake Zurich's claim as the home of Sandra Bullock's Dr. Ryan Stone character in the new "Gravity" movie pushes Dale Perrin, executive director of the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce, to look for a way to make that pay off for local businesses.

Burt Constable | Staff Photographer

Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone from Lake Zurich in the special-effects-stuffed survival thriller "Gravity."

It's difficult to identify every person in this photograph from Lake Zurich's "Rock the Block" festival earlier this month, but Sandra Bullock is not one of them.

Courtesy of Village of Lake Zurich

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When "Gravity" star George Clooney's character asks Sandra Bullock's character, "Where is home?" and she says, "Lake Zurich, Illinois," that's pretty cool, right? "It's kind of random because Lake Zurich is not a very well-known town," said Madison Chudik, 22, who works as a waitress at the Koffee Kup, the suburb's iconic diner owned by her parents, Bob and Sheila Chudik.
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    • “Gravity” star Sandra Bullock has never eaten here, and the menu does not have a “Dr. Ryan Stone” sandwich named after her character. Customers at the Koffee Kup diner in downtown Lake Zurich aren't sure how their suburb earned a mention from Bullock's character in the movie opening tonight.
    • Lake Zurich’s claim as the home of Sandra Bullock’s Dr. Ryan Stone character in the new “Gravity” movie pushes Dale Perrin, executive director of the Lake Zurich Area Chamber of Commerce, to look for a way to make that pay off for local businesses.
    • Sandra Bullock plays Dr. Ryan Stone from Lake Zurich in the special-effects-stuffed survival thriller “Gravity.”
    • It’s difficult to identify every person in this photograph from Lake Zurich’s ”Rock the Block” festival earlier this month, but Sandra Bullock is not one of them.
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