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Justine Gawrysz

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Justine Gawrysz, 31
Real-estate attorney
Lives in: The Gold Coast
Backstory: Born in Krakow, Poland, Gawrysz has lived in Chicago since she was six years old, growing up in Rogers Park and Sauganash and graduating from St. Ignatius College Prep. She returned to Chicago almost immediately after graduating from the University of Wisconsin–Madison to attend DePaul University law school. Her first job was working as a divorce lawyer, but it didn’t last long. “It’s depressing work when you’re a romantic and it’s not something you believe in,” she says.
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What is your necessary extravagance?

Favorite TV show?

Favorite magazine? Vanity Fair.

Favorite Web site?

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
The Perishers’ “Let There Be Morning.”

Item of clothing you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
Spandex shorts.

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
I have a blue sweatsuit I wear every winter.

How do you order your steak?

What’s your drink?
Belvedere vodka and soda with a lemon.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Very innocent.”

When it comes to dates, what’s your secret weapon?
My brain.

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
Madonna’s “Like a Prayer” or Cyndi Lauper’s “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun.”


Deep dish or thin crust?
Thin crust.

Describe your exercise routine.
Cardio and weights, three times a week for an hour or hour and a half. I also play tennis.

Favorite time of day?
Nighttime, after 5 p.m.

Morning person or night owl?
I’m definitely not a morning person. I hate getting up. I like to sleep.

How much do you tip?
20 percent.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
I love the bar at the Peninsula, but I also like aliveOne.

I own too many . . .
Tank tops. I have more than 100.

What color is your bathroom?
Bright yellow.

Bad habit you wish you could break?
Forgetting to brush my hair.

Ever been skinny-dipping?

In September, in South Beach, at a coed bachelorette party.

I could not date someone who . . .
Is cheap.

Cubs or White Sox?
As long as Chicago wins, it doesn’t matter.

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
A beautiful beach, ocean, culture, architecture, and good nightlife. Maybe Buenos Aires.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
A picture of my sister and me; a book, The Devil in the White City; a lamp; and a candle.

Last movie you LOVED?
The Squid and the Whale.

Favorite meal?
Meringues, or white-chocolate-covered strawberries, or pizza with everything.

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
Steve Jobs, Bono, and Saddam Hussein.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I can touch my tongue to my nose.

Guilty pleasure?
Teenybopper music, stuff by Lindsay Lohan, Hilary Duff. I don’t own any of it, but I’ll play it at the bar.

How much was your last haircut?
Free. I went to a salon on Oak Street that had students who would cut your hair.

At which store would you max out your credit card?
Neiman Marcus.

I can’t stand people who . . .
Are unreliable, inconsiderate, and narrowminded.

What do you do when you’re bored?
Work out, hang out with my friends, go to a movie, or figure out what’s going on in the city.

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

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