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Ryan VanMeter

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Ryan VanMeter, 29
Public affairs consultant
Lives in: Lake View
Backstory: A McPherson, Kansas, native, VanMeter double majored in Germanic languages and communications at the University of Kansas before moving to Chicago and getting a master’s in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Working for The Haymarket Group, VanMeter advises elected officials and nonprofit organizations. His most rewarding work so far: managing fundraising for 44th Ward alderman Tom Tunney’s 2003 election. “Tom is the city’s first openly gay alderman and it was an event that had a big impact on the gay community,” VanMeter says. “I think it’s important for people deciding to come out to know they can do anything. Tom lives his life like that.”
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What’s your necessary extravagance?
Gym memberships.

Favorite TV show?
Six Feet Under.

Favorite magazine?
I’m a newspaper guy.

Favorite Web site?

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
Madonna’s “Confessions on the Dance Floor.”

Item of clothing you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing?
Jewelry. I don’t think men should wear jewelry other than a watch and a wedding ring.

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
I don’t have one.

How do you order your steak?

What’s your drink?
Harp Lager.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Overachieving goody-goody.”

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

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
“Islands in the Stream,” by Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton.


Deep dish or thin crust?
Thin crust.

Describe your exercise routine.
Two yoga classes a week, one spinning class, two weightlifting workouts.

Favorite time of day?
The last two hours before I go to bed.

Morning person or night owl?
Night owl.

How much do you tip?
20 percent.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
I’m gay, so I get two answers: favorite gay bar is Roscoe’s; favorite straight bar is Jacqueline’s Corner Tap.

I own too many . . .

What color is your bathroom?

Bad habit you wish you could break?
I’m excessive, particularly with food.

Ever been skinny-dipping?
Yes, multiple times.

Last summer, at a friend’s pool in Michigan.

I could not date someone who . . .
Drives the bitter bus. I’m, seriously, Johnny Sunshine.

Cubs or White Sox?

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
On the beach in the sun.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
Reading glasses, an aloe plant, and a candle.

Last movie you LOVED?
Thank You for Smoking.

Favorite meal?

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
Madonna, Bill Clinton, and Oprah.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I have a talent for locating things that others think are lost.

Guilty pleasure?

How much was your last haircut?

At which store would you max out your credit card?
Whole Foods.

I can’t stand people who . . .

What do you do when you’re bored?
I’m never bored.

If money were no object, I’d go back to school and become . . .
A full-time student, studying anything and everything.

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