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Chicago Power Couples 2012: Local Lovebirds Working To Make The City Better (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   First Posted: 02/14/2012 11:51 am   Updated: 02/14/2012 11:51 am

Even if you completely hate Valentine's Day and all-things-mush, there are some people that just seem so right together. You actually had fun at their wedding, and even love traveling with them.

We asked our Facebook and Twitter followers to nominate Chicago couples doing awesome things in their industries and communities -- and asked some of our personal favorite couples to chime in as well.

From a Food Network star to a human justice lawyer-in-training, we found a pretty fantastic batch of locals who are awesome on their own -- and even more awesome together.

If you missed out on the nomination process, feel free to submit a couple by following the instructions below.

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Jeff & Sarah Mauro
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Jeff Mauro, 33, host of Food Network's "Sandwich King" -- not only the first Food Network Show dedicated to sandwiches, but the first to be shot entirely in Chicago.

Sarah Mauro, 33, clinical nurse coordinator at the River Forest Breast Care Center

Time together: Almost 12 years, married 6 and half.

How did you meet? We were both freshman at Bradley University. [Sarah] went to Mother Guerin, I hung out with a lot of Holy Cross guys, so I figured we had enough in common to invite her to my shoddy dorm room to listen to a live Phish show from 92' ("Best Simple Ever..."). I may or may not have been under the influence, and she may have been unimpressed. We remained "just friends" until 2 weeks after graduation where we intensely made out in a Chevy Blazer outside Doc Ryans on Madison St. in Forest Park. We've been inseparable ever since.

Any advice for making a relationship work? Go out together often. If you have kids, go out without them often. Cook at home during the weekdays and respect each others families.

What do you think is the most romantic spot in Chicago? In our car, listening to music, driving up the Eisenhower on a clear, warm summer night, ready and excited for a evening spent eating, drinking and laughing.
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