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Bill Bracken

Bill Bracken, 36
Nonprofit liason

Residence: River North

As the executive director of the nonprofit Chicago Gateway Green, Bill Bracken spends 60 hours a week meeting people to raise money for beautifying the local expressways. His appointment calendar features sit-downs with corporate sponsors ranging from the American Medical Association to BP. He huddles with the local chefs who cater the Green Tie Ball, his organization’s yearly charity extravaganza. And he rarely misses a major social function.

“I get invited to a lot of events in Chicago,” he says. Given that jam-packed agenda, it’s hard to fault him for having remained single. “It’s somewhat ironic that I haven’t met someone,” he says, “since my personal and professional lives run parallel at times.”

Bracken has been busy planning events for much of his professional career. He has worked in the Mayor’s Office of Special Events, organizing fetes like the Taste of Chicago, and he put together the river venue for the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games canoe/kayak slalom.

His current work schedule does not leave much time for hobbies, though he’s willing to admit a secret passion: Whack-a-Mole. “I think I have the high score at Chuck E. Cheese,” he says with a laugh.

Maybe Whack-a-Mole explains why Bracken, who grew up in Marquette Park and attended Northern Illinois University, is looking for “that fun factor” when it comes to dating. “Like when a woman walks into the room and can disarm me to some degree,” he explains. Preferably, she feels at ease in any setting. “Somebody who I can take to a black-tie affair one night and the next night go to a neighborhood bar for a burger and a beer and watch a baseball game.”

Email Bill at cm_bbracken@yahoo.com

Photography by McArthurphotography.com

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