TCW’s Top Singles of 2014


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.

Alexander Vasileski 31
Health & Wellness Consultant/CEO, AMBTF, Inc

On the side: Imerman Angels, A Safe Haven, Bear Necessities, Gift From the Heart and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.
Friends say I’m humble, passionate and loyal. I love my job because I help change people’s lives and create a paradigm shift in their lifestyle.
The title of my autobiography would be From Cancer to Crusader.
My life motto isDream big, scale small, get there fast.”
On my day off, you’ll find me in the gym and walking around this beautiful city with my dogs.
If I won the lottery, I’d make sure my family was completely taken care of then donate the rest to my favorite charities in Chicago.
The best day of my life was being told I was in remission.
My secret talent is creating little jingles and songs that rhyme, typically when I’m up early in the morning to train clients.
I can talk for hours about the need for humanitarianism and positivity.
I couldn’t live without my friends and family.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Bora Bora.
You’d be surprised that I enjoy the little things in life such as sunrises and sunsets, good deeds and a smile to or from a stranger.
My biggest fear is not making a big enough impact in this world.
Date me because I’m spontaneous and know an endless amount of interesting facts.
I wish I’d known at 21 that my calling was to help others and create a positive world for others to live in.
In 10 years, I see myself growing my company at a national level, being a motivational speaker for many different environments, being on the board of one of my favorite charities and with children of my own.
My ideal partner is intelligent and athletic.
My best date was a late night dinner on State Street; it was quiet and felt like we had the city to ourselves.
My favorite date is a volunteer effort or taking a walk in the park.
My ultimate turn-off is negativity.
My ultimate turn-on is someone who is goal oriented, positive and ambitious.

Brooke Weisbrod 34Weisbrod_Brooke
Sports Broadcasting, ESPN

On the side: Girl Up.
The great thing about my job is sharing in the pure joy of post-game celebrations.
On my day off, you’ll find me tiring Willis out at the park, keeping my balance at ballet class, and creating in my kitchen.
My secret talent is, if it’s spontaneous, I can do a few impersonations.
I can talk for hours about just about anything if it’s the right situation. I love getting lost in a deep conversation.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d be on the slopes or sitting in a hot tub in Beavercreek, Colorado.
You’d be surprised that I’m not all about sports all the time. It’s what I do but definitely not who I am.
Date me because it’s more about who you’re with than what you’re doing. I’m down for whatever.
I wish I’d known at 21 to trust my gut…now I know better.
My ideal partner makes me laugh, values family, and is my best friend.
My ultimate turn-offs are name-dropping, a lack of manners and being inconsiderate.
My ultimate turn-ons are a genuine smile, great hair and a sense of humor.

Redgi Woods 27
Artist/Creative Director, Redgi Woods
On the side: Dress for Success, Operation Smile and EarthShare Illinois.
Friends say I’m dependable and will always tell you the truth, even if you really don’t want to hear it.
I love my job because I’m continually creating and get to add value to not only my clients’ closets but life! In Chicago I do a lot of one on one work with clients, being a part of their transformation into a more confident person through fashion is the most rewarding of all.
My life motto is “It’s better to be a first rate version of yourself, than a second rate anyone else.”
On my day off, you’ll find me at the conservatory, an art gallery…definitely doing something that will later inspire art. In other words, I don’t do days off very well.
I can talk for hours about art, philosophy, theories, et cetera. I love learning more about the ‘what ifs’ and ‘how comes’ of the universe.
I couldn’t live without music.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Dubai to check out the new underwater hotel. I’d also like to visit Morocco and stay at Yves Saint Laurent’s estate.
I wish I’d known at 21 that time only moves quicker the older you get. And there’s a good chance all the people you’re currently surrounded by won’t be the same group by 25.
My ideal partner is adventurous, honest and embraces being a citizen of the world.
My best date was making dinner from an open produce market in Aruba. When you’re on vacation it’s easy to go out to eat but I loved the low key, teamwork approach of staying in and cooking together.
My ultimate turn-off is bad teeth. I don’t need them perfectly straight but clean is crucial.
My ultimate turn-on is someone who is genuine.

Michael Zonis 29
Consultant, Accenture
Chairman, Lockdown Bar / Investor, Ale Syndicate

On the side: SAELAO.
Friends say I’m sincere, humble, quick-witted and reliable.
My life motto is “Buy the ticket, take the ride.”
My biggest fear is living an ordinary life.
I love my job because the people that I get to work with every day are so talented and sharp, and have become more like friends to me than coworkers. I also have a lot of flexibility as well as opportunities to advance and manage my own career.
On my day off, you’ll find me meeting up with friends, keeping up with side projects at Lockdown Bar, Ale Syndicate Brewery and/or SAELAO (a great charity I visited in Laos last September), and heading to concerts.
If I won the lottery, I’d try to keep it under wraps and give a significant amount away. However, I’d definitely try to ensure Iron Maiden’s next U.S. tour kicks off at Lockdown Bar and make my brother PJ’s dream come true. We’d then donate all proceeds to help fill Chicago’s potholes. Ha!
My secret talent is Ms. Pac-Man…
The title of my autobiography would be That Was Just Your Life.
If I could travel anywhere in the world, I’d go to Buenos Aires.
You’d be surprised to learn that I’ve traveled, sometimes alone, to four continents over the past few years. The most recent being a month-long solo trip to China, Japan, Thailand and Laos back in September. Central and South America were also great places to visit. I’d love to do it again and share the experience with someone else.
I wish I’d known at 21 that a nice tailored shirt is worth the money.
My ideal partner is confident, intelligent, and has a great sense of humor.
My favorite date spots are Gilt Bar and Violet Hour.
My ultimate turn-off is no ambition, no drive.
My ultimate turn-on is a girl who is selfless and can make me laugh!

Want to nominate someone to be a 2015 Top Single? We’ll start taking nominations in the fall…stay tuned!


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