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.
Stephanie Mansour 28
CEO, Step It Up with Steph | TV Personality
On the side: Healthy Initiative and St. Clement Church.
Friends say I’m personable, goofy, down to earth, a hustler and always doing something fun.
I love my job because I get to work closely with women everyday to increase their self-esteem and self-confidence. I love being able to not only serve my clients, but also to create positive media messages and deliver them on television.
My life motto is “Go big or go home.”
On my day off, you’ll find me sleeping in, going to a yoga class, walking around the city and having dinner with friends.
My best day was being let go from a job that I hated, and deciding that day to start Step It Up with Steph over five years ago.
My secret talent is I was a classical pianist and competed in competitions for 11 years.
You’d be surprised that I meet with a deacon each week for spiritual direction…he’s like my personal therapist, except in a more spiritual sense.
Date me because I’m genuine and find humor in the little things.
I wish I’d known at 21 that I didn’t know everything.
In 10 years, I see myself hosting an entertaining and positive talk show for women.
My ideal partner is highly motivated, witty and finds joy in the little things.
My best date was renting bikes and riding them around the city without a map, getting lost, one of the bikes breaking, and my date having to pretend to fix the bike so he could ride it back to the rental place before it closed!
My ultimate turn-ons are good morals, manners and laughing at my (lame) jokes.
Melissa McGurren 44
Co-host, The Eric and Kathy Morning Show, The Mix
On the side: The Eric and Kathy Radiothon for Lurie Children’s Hospital.
My Twitter bio reads: A professional at play. Obnoxious mom who kisses her son too much. Believer in kindness and analyzer of many things.
Friends say I’m always there if they need me.
The great thing about my job is being able to joke, analyze and work with amazingly talented people both on air and behind the scenes.
My life motto is “Be real.”
On my day off, you’ll find me playing with my 3-year-old son Porter.
If I won the lottery, I’d help my friends and family get ahead, invest and get a rockin’ boat!
My best day was cliché…but it was when my son was born. I love you, Porter!
My secret talent is I know all the words to “Double Dutch Bus”…although that’s recently been revealed.
The title of my autobiography would be Dating 101…and 102…and 103…
I can talk for hours about relationships…chemistry fascinates me.
I couldn’t live without sushi, my friends and family, a soft blanket and thick socks in the winter.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Ireland to see the castles and meet the locals.
You be surprised that a man approached me to dance for a dance show in the ‘80s (like American Band Stand). Yeah…that didn’t happen.
My biggest fear is not having enough for retirement. I’m saving and saving!!
Date me because I want to have fun, and I love to laugh. You won’t find me prying too much on a first date.
I wish I’d known at 21 that those credit card interest rates make it hard to pay off your balance. Thank goodness I got that one figured out!
In 10 years, I see myself enjoying life one day at a time and working on my relationships with those who are important to me.
My ideal partner is motivated with work but easy to get along with.
My best date was dinner and a boat ride.
My favorite date spot is any place with good food during happy hour.
My ultimate turn-off is a know-it-all….even if you actually do know it all.
My ultimate turn-on is a man with charisma who is loyal and thoughtful.
Michael Jaworowski 24
Buyer, Haberdash Men
I love my job because I have the freedom to express myself through a creative outlet and meet/work with amazing people.
If I won the lottery, I’d tell my dad to retire and take my parents on a long vacation.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d love to visit Japan for inspiration with my work.
My ideal partner is endearing and inspiring.
On my day off, you’ll find me sleeping in, going for a run and relaxing with a book.
I couldn’t live without my amazing group of friends.
In 10 years, I see myself operating my own business, with a family and a couple dogs.
My favorite date spot is anywhere. It’s not about where you go on a date; it’s about the person you’re with.
My ultimate turn-ons are a warm personality and cute smile.
Keegan Moon 31
Operating Partner, Dineamic Group
On the side: 100 Club of Chicago.
In 10 years, I see myself with Dineamic having grown into a 100-plus-location company.
On my day off, you’ll find me out riding my Harley.
My secret talent is singing ‘50s and ‘60s music.
I can talk for hours about urban cycling – not because I love it. Inquire within.
My Twitter bio reads: Operating partner for Dineamic Group who enjoys good people and good business.
Friends say I’m dedicated, trusting and loyal I’d hope. People I consider my friends are like family to me, and I enjoy being around them as much as anyone. I try to always be there for people in general. I’m the town shrink, but I thoroughly enjoy being able to help.
I couldn’t live without some of the amazing people that are in my life.
The great thing about my job is not being confined to the same scenarios day in and day out.
If I won the lottery, I’d reinvest; after spending half on things I don’t need.
You’d be surprised that I can sing.
The title of my autobiography would be Beyond the Ropes.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Bora Bora with a suitcase comprised of only résumés. Kidding.
My biggest fear is easily drowning, but for some reason I float.
I wish I’d known at 16 that I could not be tried as an adult.
My favorite date spot is 694 Wine & Spirits.
My ultimate turn-off is dressing up your pets.
My ultimate turn-on is someone who doesn’t order a salad at dinner, among other things…
Cat Mouton 27
Project Manager, Paramount Events
On the side: Tickled Pink, Hope for the Day, The Doc Unit at Columbia College Chicago and Food Patriots.
Friends say I’m warm-hearted, energetic and thoughtful.
My life motto is “Work hard, play hard.”
On my day off, you’ll find me enjoying some kind of meal with friends. Brunch is my favorite!
If I won the lottery, I’d buy my parents a house and then travel the world.
My secret talent is pulling together a Halloween costume in under an hour.
I can talk for hours about anything – there’s no limit to my conversation! But I’m especially passionate about documentary film and photography.
I couldn’t live without my friends and family…my phone is a close second.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I couldn’t narrow that list down. I want to spend the rest of my life exploring.
I wish I’d known at 21 to be more patient…to slow down and know that things take time, and if you’re rushing too much or too far ahead, you can lose sight of goals and/or key opportunities.
My ideal partner is funny, adventurous and compassionate.
My best date involves just wandering around talking, ideally with a coffee in hand.
My ultimate turn-offs are arrogance and ignorance.
My ultimate turn-on is someone who can make me laugh.
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