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David Sulaski

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David Sulaski, 38
Partner, investment banking firm
Lives in: Lincoln Park
Backstory: Born and raised in downstate Normal, Sulaski attended the University of Illinois for his bachelor’s and law degrees, graduating with honors each time. Before venturing into the corporate world, Sulaski worked as a general counsel for the State of Illinois Development Finance Authority and as an adviser to Illinois Governor Jim Edgar. He also made it to the final table in the 2004 World Poker Tour tournament. “I like to tell people that I played poker long before it was rather cool,” he says.
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What is your necessary extravagance?
Good wine.

Favorite TV show?
Arrested Development.

Favorite magazine?
Condé Nast Traveler.

Favorite Web site?

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
Citizen Cope, “The Clarence Greenwood Recordings.”

Item of clothing you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
A toupee.

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
A four-year-old pair of tattered Paper Denim & Cloth jeans. They’re what I wear every Saturday.

How do you order your steak?
Medium rare.

What’s your drink?
Grey Goose vodka up.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Class president.”

When it comes to dates, what’s your secret weapon?
Good wine and charcuterie at my house.

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
“The Gambler,” by Kenny Rogers.


Deep dish or thin crust?
Thin crust.

Describe your exercise routine.
At least two good walks a day with Wyatt, my three-year-old golden retriever. Three to four sessions a week at Equinox, either here or in New York. Yoga when I can get there.

Favorite time of day?
7:30 a.m. It’s about the only time my phone doesn’t ring.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl.

How much do you tip?
25 percent when I’m smiling, and pennies when I’m not.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
Marie’s Rip Tide Lounge.

I own too many . . .

What color is your bathroom?
Slate blue.

Bad habit you wish you could break?
My BlackBerry.

Ever been skinny-dipping?

I could not date someone who . . .
Doesn’t love to laugh.

Cubs or White Sox?
Cubbies, or my dad would disown me.

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
Never the same place twice.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
A passport, the London tube’s schedule, The Economist.

Last movie you LOVED?
Walk the Line.

Favorite meal?

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
My mom, my dad, and, someday, the love of my life.

What’s a fun fact about you?
The ability to make a meal out of next to no ingredients. I also win poker tournaments.

Guilty pleasure?
Buying organic dog food for my dog, Wyatt.

How much was your last haircut?
$30, every ten days.

At which store would you max out your credit card?
You think I have a maximum?

I can’t stand people who . . .
Complain but don’t take action.

What do you do when you’re bored?
Not an emotion I know.

If money were no object, I’d go back to school and become . . .
A ski instructor.

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