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Yafa Weisman

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Yafa Weisman, 30
Physical therapist
Lives in: The Gold Coast
Backstory: Weisman has lived in Chicago for all but her four years studying dietetics at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. A marathon runner and the youngest of three siblings, she graduated from Francis Parker High School and grew up spending time with dozens of relatives. Weisman’s mom, originally from Marrakech, Morocco, was one of nine children who eventually had 28 children of their own. “The youngest of my cousins just turned 22 and the oldest is 45,” Weisman says. For years, many of the cousins saw each other every Friday night for the Jewish tradition of Shabbat dinner. “I grew up in a very traditional way,” Weisman says. “I was always surrounded by family.”
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What is your necessary extravagance?

Favorite TV show?
Boston Legal.

Favorite magazine?

Favorite Web site?

What CD is in heavy rotation right now?
Coldplay, “X & Y.”

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

Item of clothing you can’t throw away?
A bright orange and red dri-fit tank top I wore for the Chicago marathon in 2001.

How do you order your steak?
Medium rare.

What’s your drink?
Cabernet sauvignon.

Use two words to describe yourself in high school.
“Athletic flirt.”

When it comes to dates, what’s your secret weapon?
Asking interesting questions.

What song would you sing if you were forced to do karaoke?
“Girls Just Wanna Have Fun,” by Cyndi Lauper.


Deep dish or thin crust?
Deep dish.

Describe your exercise routine . . .
I run five days a week and swim, or do the elliptical machine two days a week. I lift weights two times a week.

Favorite time of day?
Early evening, when the workday is coming to an end.

Morning person or night owl?
Morning person.

How much do you tip?
20 percent.

Favorite bar in Chicago?
The bar at the Peninsula Hotel.

I own too many . . .
Pairs of jeans.

What color is your bathroom?
Earth tones.

Bad habit you wish you could break?
Text messaging.

Ever been skinny-dipping?

Last summer.

I could not date someone who . . .

Cubs or White Sox?

My idea of a perfect vacation is . . .
Somewhere on the beaches or in the rain forest of either Argentina or Venezuela.

What’s on your nightstand right now?
A picture of my nephews and nieces, a bottle of water, and a candle.

Last movie you LOVED?
Batman Begins.

Favorite meal?
The seared tuna at Rosebud Steakhouse.

If you could have dinner with three living people, who would they be?
Barack Obama, George Clooney, and Madonna.

What’s a fun fact about you?
I’ve gotten McDonald’s to deliver fries at 3 a.m. even though they don’t deliver during normal business hours.

Guilty pleasure?
Great spas.

How much was your last haircut?
Free; I have a friend who does it for free, but I do tip him $25.

At which store would you max out your credit card?
Calypso on Oak Street.

I can’t stand people who . . .

What do you do when you’re bored?
Watch a movie or go work out.

If money were no object, I’d go back to school and become a . . .
Modern dancer.


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