Meet Today’s Chicago Woman’s top singles – and learn more about them!
Selecting this year’s Top Singles was no easy task. To be a TCW single, you need to be well-rounded with a sparkling personality and stellar professional/charitable contributions. And it doesn’t hurt if you’re a little easy on the eyes. In 2014, we found an impressive mix of entrepreneurs, health professionals, media personalities and more. Overall, it’s an eclectic group of good-natured singles that you’d probably either want to date, fix up with your best friend, or if you’re ‘of a certain age,’ introduce to your daughter or son. So have a look and see if anyone piques your interest!
The photographs in this feature were taken by Adrian Orozco and Ashley Fischer at ¡AY CHIWOWA! on Chicago Avenue, at an exclusive party to introduce the single women and men to each other.
Spencer Hadelman 26
Director of Business Development, Marketing Partnerships International
On the side: Canine Therapy Corps, Red Shoe Society of The Ronald McDonald House Chicago, Midtown Center for Boys and Beta Foundation.
Friends say I’m real, loyal, charismatic and charming.
My life motto is “Good enough is never good enough.”
On my day off, you’ll find me on the golf course and the basketball court, probably in the same day.
If I won the lottery, I’d start two funds, one for start-ups and good business ideas and the other for charities I believe to have worthy causes.
The best day of my life hasn’t happened yet; it’s when the Cubs win the World Series.
My secret talent is matchmaking; some people call me Hitch.
I couldn’t live without dogs.
You’d be surprised that I used to work with professional basketball players.
Date me because there’s never a dull moment. I always like to have plans and activities, and I can adapt to any social setting.
In 10 years, I see myself off this list for the right reasons.
My ideal partner challenges me to be the best man I can be.
The best date I ever had was at the NBA All Star Game in Los Angeles.
My ultimate turn-off is smoking.
My ultimate turn-on is a confident woman.
Scott Horwitch 29
General Manager, The Underground
My Twitter bio reads: I live my life like a fruit-at-the-bottom yogurt: I deal with the crap first because the end should always be sweeter than the beginning.
Friends say I’m loyal to a fault.
I love my job because I get to meet new people on a daily basis. I love entertaining, networking and being in a crowd. As the GM of The Underground I get to meet some of the coolest people on the planet – people I would never get the opportunity to meet otherwise. The best thing about my job is that anyone and everyone can come visit me. That would never be the case if I was stuck in an office or cubicle.
My life motto is actually a list of three rules that I live by, courtesy of Coach Bobby Finstock in Teen Wolf: never get less than 12 hours sleep; never play cards with a guy who has the same first name as a city; and never get involved with a woman with a tattoo of a dagger on her body. Now you stick to that, and everything else is cream cheese.
On my day off, you’ll find me at a ballgame or bellied up to a dive bar popping bottles of High Life, the champagne of all beers.
If I won the lottery, I’d buy the worst professional franchise in sports and move them to my hometown.
My secret talent is I can doodle the crap out of any school desk top you sit me at.
The title of my autobiography would be Scooche Pumpernickel & The Plum Smuggies present The Life & Pantaloons of Scott A. Horwitch.
I can talk for hours about classic rock and R&B.
I couldn’t live without The Goonies, BIG, The Sandlot, Stand By Me, or The Breakfast Club.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Machu Pichu. It’s a total bucket list destination.
You’d be surprised that my dad raised me on Led Zeppelin and James Brown, so I’m a huge blues, soul and classic rock fan. Most people wouldn’t guess that since I work in the club scene, but I can’t live without Rock & Roll.
Date me because I’m a great conversationalist and know all of the best places in town. A handful of secret gems, too.
In 10 years, I see myself successful and happy in both my personal and professional life.
My ideal partner has to be a confident woman I can laugh with. Someone who can teach me about life and challenge me on a daily basis to be a better man.
My ultimate turn-off is ugly hands and feet. If a woman can’t take care of their hands and feet they probably can’t take care of other things I’d normally like to see…
My ultimate turn-on is someone who’s confident, can hold her own in any place and at any time, loves to smile and can laugh at herself.
Nosheen Hydari 30
Psychotherapist, Northside Center for Relationship Counseling
On the side: Big Shoulders Auxiliary Board, Beyond OCD and Project AVARY.
My Twitter bio reads: Psychotherapist – Eternal Idealist – Lover of All things Gray.
The great thing about my job is I get to explore different walks of life, human behavior, struggles and triumphs, and connect on an obscenely raw and real level with people in varying phases, spaces, and mental states. I have the privilege to hear what’s most important in someone’s life and take a journey walking alongside them to understand the way they think and feel and behave. It’s simply extraordinary.
My life motto is “Making a difference and making a living are not mutually exclusive.”
If I won the lottery, I’d do exactly what I do now, but for no charge (free therapy for the masses!).
My best day was when I took a chance on a new life and bought a one-way ticket out West. I think it’s a great life experience to buy a one-way ticket with no knowledge of what will come next, and live indefinitely in newness.
My secret talent is playing Alto Saxophone! (I was in the Orchestra for most of primary and secondary school).
I couldn’t live without my core soul sisters – the ones who connect with me spiritually and experientially through life’s ups and downs. They know who they are.
You’d be surprised that therapy is my second career. My first was in online marketing in the travel industry. Though it was also the study of human behavior, the end goal was for profit and financial ROI. I value the experience immensely, and apply many of the principles I learned in the business world to my role as a therapist.
My biggest fear is never reaching my full potential.
I wish I’d known at 21 that vegetables are so damn tasty.
In 10 years, I see myself as an established therapist focusing on both social justice work, as well as my private practice, helping people realize their strength lies in their vulnerabilities.
My ideal partner is completely different from me. I am turned on by difference, by someone who looks and talks and walks and behaves very different from me, who is from a completely different walk of life. To me, it is what makes this world so fascinating. I am attracted to that kind of difference in every way possible.
My best date was an afternoon picnic on the River Seine in Paris, soaking up the sun.
My favorite date spot is the recently closed Tasting Room at Randolph Wine Cellar. It had the perfect view of the city skyline and was understated in its charm, with a beautiful hearth and cozy rustic décor to set the mood for good conversation. It will be a tough spot to replace.
My ultimate turn-off is closed-mindedness.
My ultimate turn-on is self-awareness.
Demetrius Ivory 38
Meteorologist, WGN Morning News
On the side: National Association of Black Journalists, National Weather Association and Crew.
On my day off, I’m cooking, watching sports, drinking coffee and training for the marathon.
My Twitter bio reads: One part science geek, one part laidback guy.
Friends say I’m extremely loyal and nice. I try to treat everyone with respect and just be a positive person, but I don’t feel like I do enough for other people to earn the nice tag.
The great thing about my job before coming to WGN was that forecasting the weather is one of my favorite things to do. Since I came to WGN, my favorite moments have come from just being around the people on-air and behind the scenes. Every minute of every day is different than the one before. Plus, I get to work with one of the top people in my field.
My life motto is “I am the master of my fate; I am the captain of my soul.”
If I won the lottery, I’d probably only tell my close friends and family.
The best day of my life was yesterday, only to be outdone by today and tomorrow. I guess I’m one of those day-by-day types.
The title of my autobiography would be 100% Right….50% of the Time.
I can talk for hours about sports, science, politics, religion, people, places, hopes and dreams, money, greed, poverty, the past, the present, the future, movies, art, painting, physics, space, news, society, cars, culture, beer, wine, weightlifting, running and any type of music but country. I don’t do country.
I couldn’t live without some way to get on the web.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d visit every state in the U.S.
You’d be surprised that I’m 38. People always think I’m younger. I don’t know if that’s good or bad.
My biggest fear is regretting anything.
I wish I’d known at 21 that yoga would catch on.
My favorite date spot is Untitled.
My ideal partner is an extremely smart, dynamic person.
My ultimate turn-off is someone who wants me to make all of the decisions.
My ultimate turn-on is good conversation.
Date me because I like to do a lot of different things. It’s more The Amazing Race than The Bachelor.
On the side: Green Ribbon Gala, Green Tie Ball, Wounded Warriors Project and F*c% Cancer Organization.
Friends say everyone needs a Chris Khasho in their lives. That’s even a pretty bold thing for even me to say on behalf of others. My friends, family and soul are a blessing to me and I too am aware of the role I play in their lives.
The great thing about my job is meeting all kinds of new people and building a strong personal connection. More importantly sharing my passion for all the elements of the arts including beauty, fashion, music, styling, wellness and spirituality through my brand.
My secret talent is singing. Music has always been an outlet for me to express myself. I’ve always dreamt of living in a house with a sound-proof studio so that I can go there at any time to release and now I am grateful to be living that dream.
The title of my autobiography would be I Am. “Two of the most powerful words; for what you put after them shapes your reality” is a quote I found that sticks with me.
I can talk for hours about positivity, happiness, energy of the spirit and soul, the power of networking through your community as well as your soul pack or family.
I couldn’t live without being surrounded by family, friends and loved ones…and my favorite mascara!
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d backpack through South America, learning about the culture and all the history by meeting locals and making discoveries on my own.
You’d be surprised that I’m a drummer with eight tattoos and counting. Shhh, don’t tell my dad
My biggest fear is the phobia of large objects and statues (aka megalophobia). On the other hand, things that are too small come with more disappointment than fear.
My ideal partner is well-rounded and challenges me in ways I couldn’t even imagine. Someone who is my better half.
My best date was when we built a fort and watched a comedy.
My ultimate turn-on is touching my butt and buying me pizza. Food never fails.
Kasia Koniar 37
Director of Scouting and Development, Factor Women
Friends say I’m funny, open-minded, intelligent and dynamic.
The great thing about my job is getting to work with young talent, sharing my experience, and knowledge and helping them in creating their future careers. It is a very rewarding process.
My life motto is “Enjoy the little things, for one day you may look back and realize they were the big things.”
If I won the lottery, I’d go around the world, support an animal shelter, and make a movie.
My secret talent is the ability to speak several languages – Polish, French and Russian.
I can talk for hours about film, music, art, literature and health foods.
I couldn’t live without my integrity, my family, and friends.
I’ve lived and traveled around the world, but I am particularly curious about Iceland and Greenland.
You’d be surprised that I direct and produce shorts, music videos and such.
My biggest fear is dinosaurs.
I wish I’d known at 21 that most things don’t actually matter.
My ideal partner is worldly, funny, witty, sweet and interesting.
My favorite date spot is The Violet Hour.
My ultimate turn-off is rudeness, arrogance and small-mindedness.
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