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JASON KO, 34
Plastic surgeon // Lives in West Loop
Although 2011 is only half over, the year has been fraught with exciting changes for this former single. On April 30, Ko married his girlfriend at Chicago’s Fourth Presbyterian Church. And earlier this month, he graduated from his seven-year plastic surgery residency at Northwestern. He’ll soon be moving to Seattle with his new wife to complete a hand surgery fellowship after honeymooning in Costa Rica.
How did you meet your wife? “It was very Grey’s Anatomy and cliché. She was a nurse at Northwestern, and even though I tried to keep my dating life outside of the hospital, we really hit it off.”
And your first date? “She snuck me into a Cubs game, and we ended the night at a Taco Bell. Very romantic.”
How’s married life treating you? “We’re both very busy, so we haven’t had a chance to take a step back and just be married. We’re hoping the honeymoon and drive to Seattle will help us have that time.” —M.E.
CORNELIA McNAMARA, 39 *
Floral designer and event planner // Lives in Forest Park
Only a few months after having her son, Leo, in 2008, McNamara was one of six candidates interviewed to be the chief florist at the White House. She didn’t get the gig, but that doesn’t bother her. She’s too busy with her three-year-old and her brand-new event planning business.
What’s changed since having Leo? “I’m living in Forest Park now. I’m still working in the city, but with my son I can go to the pool or the park or run around barefoot in front of the house. And I finally got a driver’s license! The last straw was a Chicago winter on the CTA with a baby.”
What do you drive? “A Volkswagen Jetta station wagon. I can pack a lot of flowers in there. But I didn’t want to surrender completely to suburbia with a minivan. I needed to maintain some urbanity.”
You’re single again. Are you dating? “I’m open to something coming. I look out the window of my car when I’m driving, but I’m not on Match.com.” —M.B.
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