Jennifer Hudson attends the opening of the Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Center on Sept. 27, 2011 in Chicago

*Jennifer Hudson was on hand in her Chicago hometown Tuesday for the opening of her Jennifer Hudson Weight Watchers Center.”

Of the venue, located in a strip mall on Chicago’s South Side, she said, “I never thought I would make it to have my own center. I’m so honored to be here and see this day.”

Sporting a fitted, ruffled black dress that she paired with high-heeled black boots, the “American Idol” alum cut the ribbon with Chicago Alderman Will Burns, Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Weight Watchers International’s chief technology officer Michael Basone.

Chicago Alderman Will Burns, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Basone, chief technology officer of Weight Watchers International and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel cut the ribbon

As a Weight Watchers spokeswoman, Hudson has lost over 80 pounds. Images of her svelte physique grace the walls of the new center.

As previously reported, Weight Watchers will donate a portion of the center’s revenue to a foundation that Jennifer co-founded in honor of her late nephew, Julian King.

“I love to target children, because that’s the thing that makes a difference,” said the Grammy winner, 30. “We hope to do the same thing and start here at home in Chicago with health, with education, with dreams.”

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Jennifer Hudson