Dating issue 2011

Readers share the deal makers—and deal breakers—on their dating lists.

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Photograph: Nicole Radja

He or she must accept my love of violent video games

Not comfortable with her punching and smashing and zombies? Next, please.

He must not be an investment banker

When his friends are complaining about St. Bart’s being too hot, it’s time to run.

He must eat more than chicken breasts

Can quirky eating habits kill a relationship? Yes.

New ways to date

From the good to the bad to the laundry, young singles have their own ideas of romance. Dinner and a movie need not apply.

Women's dating criteria | Stickies

We went to the streets to find out what women look for in a man. Here's what they want—in their own handwriting.

Men's dating criteria | Stickies

We went to the streets to find out what men look for in a woman. Here's what they want—in their own handwriting.

What I want

Readers divulge the traits they need in a mate.

He must be a good snowboarder

A man’s on-slope style makes a big impact, one snow shredder finds.

He must share food

Not sharing at the table translates directly to the bedroom, according to one Chicagoan.

She must have eclectic taste in music

Dead Heads need not apply.

Must roll her eyes—in just the right way

A single guy explains why the eye roll matters.

Why he can’t live in my building

A Logan Square resident shares why the ultimate convenience may not be so convenient after all.

He must be a pop-culture junkie

This reader only gets goosebumps if you know what Goosebumps is.

He must use fewer beauty products than I do

A low-maintenance lady explains why it’s hard to date a well-groomed guy.



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