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All the Single Ladies (and Gents): Are you ready for some Summer Lovin'?

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.


Singles ham it up at the 2009 Summer Lovin' party at the MCA. (photo by Randy Belice)

We all turn to the usual sources for potential dates: bars,, Jdate, bars, CTA platforms, the produce department at Whole Foods, bars, the elevator at work, bars. 

But when all these fail (as they so often do), why not just pick someone you like from the pages of a magazine, then place yourself directly in the path of true love at a charity cocktail party where his or her attendance is guaranteed? 

Seems like a solid strategy to me. After all, here are three things you already know about the 2010 Chicago magazine singles

1. Their names and occupations are real. A fact-checker has confirmed all data. 
2. They are cute, as evidenced by the headshots taken at a professional photo shoot just a few weeks ago (no Spring Break '98 pics to cause confusion upon first meeting). 
3. They are single. A clandestine ad in the Casual Encounters section of Craigslist is one thing, but you can't hide a nationally distributed magazine spread (complete with an online component featuring video interviews and childhood snapshots) from an already installed wife or boyfriend. 

Meanwhile, do you think it's risky, taking your significant other to a singles' party? Only time will tell, as both I and the man in question will definitely be on hand to toast the singles at the 10th annual Summer Lovin' party at the MCA on Friday. 

I first informed him of this outing over a few glasses (bottles?) of wine at our frequent late-night hangout of choice, The Bluebird

The Chaser: Excuse me. Babe. Could you please put the Chicago magazine Summer Lovin' event on your calendar? It's on June 18th. 
The Creative Director: Wait, what's that? Where is it? 
The Chaser: You know, it's the party for the singles. The ones in the magazine. At the MCA.
The Creative Director: But we're not single.
The Chaser (smiling): I know! But I want to support my friend Tim. He's in the issue.
The Creative Director: Then sure, I'll go. 

The Director later un-remembered this entire exchange, then recalled it after I repeatedly reminded him via e-mail.  

So, see you at the MCA on Friday, soulmate-searchers. It's sure to be one hot, steamy, summery night. (Seriously. It's going to be 90 degrees out. Wear something bare.)

June 18, 7PM to 10:30PM
MCA, 220 E. Chicago Ave. 
Tickets $85; $95 at the door
Hosted by the Auxiliary Board of Northwestern Memorial Hospital 
with Telemundo's Nelly Carreno as emcee
Meet Chicago magazine's 20 most eligible singles!  
After-party at Cuvee until midnight 



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