Mario Treto, Jr.
His friend says: “He finds time to serve on the board of directors for Howard Brown Health Center and as deputy regional president for the Hispanic National Bar Association, among other advisory board positions.
What are you doing when you’re not working?
Runner, networking events, fund-raisers, volunteering.
What’s your idea of the perfect Chicago date?
In the summer, check out a local street fest followed by an evening on a Chicago rooftop, like Celeste or Fountainhead. In the winter, attend After Dark at the Art Institute after grabbing a bite to eat in the West Loop.
What’s your preferred method for surviving a Chicago winter?
Hot toddies. And binge watching New Girl. Or Shark Tank.
If HBO made a miniseries about your life, who would you cast for the lead role?
The other Mario—Mario Lopez.
What television family does yours most parallel?
The Bundys from Married With Children.
Go-to karaoke song?
Zac Brown Band, “Chicken Fried”
What do you find boring?
Please describe your understanding of cell-phone etiquette.
On a date, it should only be used to find the next fun spot. In general, they’re off-limits for me personally while eating, at the gym, or at special events. You gotta live in the moment!
What’s your zombie apocalypse contingency plan?
Ideally, when the zombie apocalypse does occur, I’d gather as many of my family and friends together, run to the closest harbor on Lake Michigan, hijack one of the boats, and drive off. And survive.
What 2015 ephemera do you think you’ll be nostalgic about in 2035?
Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off.”
What contemporary trend or habit do you detest?
Say you’re going to be interred like an Egyptian pharaoh. Who or what is in your burial chamber with you?
My family dog, Lucky, for companionship and extra luck in the afterlife.
If you could only eat one type of sandwich for the rest of your life what would you pick?
Ice cream sandwich.
Where were you this past Fourth of July at 7:18 PM?
Grilling with friends and swimming on a rooftop.
How long do you stay angry, and do you get loud or quiet?
Not for long, and I get quiet.
Do you like to talk about a movie right after you’ve seen it?
If you didn’t have to be yourself, who would you be?
Are you afraid of or excited to face the unknown?
Who is your intellectual idol?
The Notorious RBG (aka Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg).
Do you have a personal mantra?
Never a dull moment.
What’s your CTA pet peeve?
When people get on the train before letting others off.
What’s your favorite cultural depiction of Chicago?
“My Kind of Town” by Frank Sinatra. It’s a classic song that captures the Chicago/midwestern charm I’d miss leaving the city for an extended time. There is nothing like the feeling of driving into the city and seeing the skyline. That’s Chicago. That’s home.
Do you have any hidden skills and/or talents?
Making music videos on the fly. When I’m with friends and want to capture a moment, I’ll take video clips throughout the day. When I have a few minutes to myself, I’ll splice the videos together, add music, transition effects, fix timing, etc. Then I’ll text the “music video” out to the group and they are always a hit.
So, really, why are you single?
After taking some time to improve myself personally and professionally all while enjoying life, I think I’m ready to share it with the right person. That, and I hear 30 is the new 21.