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Did Patti Make Him a Match? Watch with Jimmy D. at Citizen tonight

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Amalie Drury

It's my job to write about Chicago and all of its people, places and things. If it's new and it's cool, I'm checking it out.

I have a love/hate relationship with the Bravo reality show The Millionaire Matchmaker. That's the one that follows silky-tressed L.A. matchmaker Patti Stanger and her motley crew as they set up a rotating cast of weirdo "millionaires" with an endless array of wannabe actresses and pharmaceutical sales reps with suspicious extensions.  

That said, I do DVR the show. I press play, and a few minutes later, I roll my eyes, press stop, and storm out of the room. Then I tiptoe back, pick up the remote, and press play again. That Patti, she gets me every time. 

Tonight's episode is extra special because it features a Chicago millionaire, Jimmy D'Ambrosio (otherwise known as Jimmy D), owner of Citizen Bar in River North. Jimmy, if you're reading, sorry about the weirdo comment. But you have to admit, some of those other dudes on the show are a little off. 

Anyway, Jimmy is hosting a viewing party at Citizen tonight. Jimmy hopes you'll be there. Jimmy will definitely be there. Jimmy likes to refer to himself in the third person. Jimmy already looked for love once, last season, but that was a bust. So now Jimmy's back with Patti, and here he gives The Chaser a little preview: 

How does a Chicago bar owner end up on Millionaire Matchmaker? Who do you have to know to become a recipient of Patti's services? 
Originally, a casting agent reached out to me to do Survivor a few years back. I didn't end up wanting to do it. Later, another Survivor casting director moved over to Millionaire Matchmaker and reached out to me again. At first I said absolutely not, but after they explained more about the show, I realized you only live once and it would be a fun experience. 

Did it work? Are you in a "committed monogamous relationship" as of this moment? 
I'm not allowed to answer that question. Just watch!

What did you think of the women Patti chose for you this time? Did she nail your "type?"
Patti thought I was confused about what I was looking for. She thought I wanted a superficial big-breasted blonde, so those were the types she brought to me. Due to the other millionaire's preferences, however, there ended up being a good balance of women on the show.

What advice did Patti have for you? Do you plan to heed her suggestions? 
She brought a relationship therapist on the show to talk with me. The therapist called my situation "a fox in the chicken coop." I guess they were trying to tell me I should get to know a woman before I go for it, because I lose interest really quickly. 

My favorite advice from Patti is to be what you want to attract. I'll follow that from now on. 

How hard is it to date, when you're a bar owner? 
Trust is a big issue. You need to be friendly and shake a lot of hands, so the girl has to be strong and confident with a lot of mutual trust. I get stereotyped right off the bat as a typical bar and nightclub owner, so I need to show through my actions that I'm not that type of person. 

Cougar or kitten? What a goofy question! [Sorry again, Jimmy.] If I had to choose one, I'd say kitten, but I tend to look at the whole package. 

Fake tan or no tan? Natural glow. 

Blonde or brunette? It changes. 

Straight hair or natural waves? All of the above.  

Millionaire Matchmaker viewing party with Jimmy D, Citizen Bar, 364 W. Erie St., 8PM. No cover. 


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