Sunil is a 28 year-old accountant from Naperville, Illinois and a recent transplant to downtown Chicago. Smart, handsome, and fun, he hopes to find a place for himself amidst the fast-paced big city life.
"I was born in Kuala Lumpur to Indian parents," he mentioned. "When I was 7, we moved to Queens, New York and eventually to Naperville. I consider myself a global person who is always trying to find a unique niche in global cities."
Sunil considers himself a man of many layers. "Growing up Hindu in Southeast Asia was an interesting experience, especially since half the population is either Buddhist or Muslim," Sunil stated. "The fun part was the way many diverse kinds of people worked together to make their livelihoods - it's quite similar to Chicago."
With his fiancee by his side, Sunil feels the move to Chicago will serve them well. "She's from L.A., so Chicago seems like the suburbs to her! I think the diversity in food, activities, and proximity to work will be a good change for both of us."
Name: Sunil Gupta
Goals: I want to visit Nepal one day. I believe there is so much spirituality in a place with so much history and many visible traditions.
Favorite Cuisine: Indian, French, and Thai. I know that it's a strange mix, but when you live in Southeast Asia you get to appreciate the different spices, tastes, and flavors that make those cuisines so rich.
Favorite Cocktail: I prefer a good craft beer over hard liquor.
Role Model: My grandfather and mother. My grandfather made the move with my grandmother from India to Malaysia when he was in his twenties in search of better opportunities. They found stable work, started a tailoring business, and raised a family. His daughter - my mother - became a successful businesswoman in a time where women in Southeast Asia didn't leave the home.
Hobbies: Running, architectural tours, and, of course, my beautiful fiancee.
Why live in Chicago? It's a great place to live, learn, and play. Winter isn't the best time to be in the city, but compared to other regions in the United States it really appears to be the most stable one. In the summer, there is always something to do and people aren't afraid to let loose.