When we put out a call to readers to nominate the most inspiring power couples they know to be featured in our Valentine's Day issue, the question on everyone's lips seemed to be, "What the hell's a power couple?" We specifed that we didn't mean like "Michelle and Barack or Rahm and the City Council (hoo-ah!)," but to be perfectly honest, I'm not sure we knew exactly what we were looking for until the nominees started rolling in.
In the past, we've celebrated Valentine's Day in pretty predictable alt-weekly fashion: relying on snark and suspicion of consumerist holidays. (You should totally still come to our Anti-Valentine's Day Party!) This year, we said screw it, let's show some love to love, or at least to the people who make being in love seem less gruesome.
We received nearly 200 nominations, which sort of validated our suspicion that people don't hate love so much after all; in fact, they're pretty thrilled for friends who've found it. The nominated couples had one thing in common: awesome individuals who were lucky enough to find one another—something we asked each couple to recall by writing an I Saw You based on their first meeting.
It was tough to winnow our choices down to four . . . well, actually, we'd selected five couples, but one of them broke up a week before publication (which maybe makes our judgment suspect). Still, we think we've picked perfect partners who embody what it means to be powerfully in love in Chicago. —Gwynedd Stuart