Lauren DeRaleau and Phil Fitch know the way they met — at a bar at 2 a.m. — isn’t the stuff of fairy tales.
“I like to joke, like, that’s how all love stories start, right?” Lauren said.
That night at the bar in March 2009, Phil told his friends he would get the prettiest girl’s phone number, and he did. Lauren was attracted to Phil’s honesty and quirky sense of humor. Phil said he fell in love with Lauren’s ability to challenge him and that they could have good conversations.
Lauren, of Lake Forest, works in market research at Groupon. Phil, from Elmhurst but whose family now live in Oak Park and River Forest, is an arborist for SavATree, based out of Northbrook. The couple live in Chicago.