New Eastside Doorperson of the Month: Wade King at Aqua
(Published July 31, 2019)
By Jesse Wright
Wade King is approaching his 10th year as doorperson at the Aqua. It’s his first job as a doorperson and he said he’s not going anywhere anytime soon.
“They treat me right and they pay me good,” he said with a laugh.
King said a friend referred him to the position, and he hasn’t looked back.
“The variety of people has always been a draw,” he said. “You meet all different type of people from all walks of life and from everywhere and different ages. This building is a melting pot.”
Besides the residents of the 900-unit building, King said he’ll have to help lost Radisson guests who mistakenly wander into the residents’ entrance and even the odd sight-seer who, armed with an architecture map, wander into the Jeanne Gang-designed building seeking information.
“It’s one of the more popular buildings because of the design. People go on an architecture tour and have questions and you have to answer their questions,” he said. “We have to field all types of questions. We pretty much have to know it all. We’re like a human kiosk.”
However, King is quick to point out The Aqua staffs two people at the door, and he said he would not be able to deliver the same kind of service without a partner.
Sean Hayes, the resident who nominated King, said the doorperson should train doorpeople all over the city—and then the nation.
“Wade King and (prior doorperson of the month) Josh Harris should start their own consulting company as expert door staff training and management consultants to be hired by property management companies, like Magellan, throughout Chicago and then later expand nationally,” Hayes wrote in an email.
But for King, Chicago is home.
“It’s the best city in the world. I’ll visit anywhere, but this is home,” he said. “It’s got everything. It’s got a lakefront, you got buildings, you got suburbs, good food, good music and we’ve got all the seasons.”
When he’s not working, King spends his free time drawing and bowling. King said he grew up bowling with his parents, and he’s still in a league with his mom. King said his personal best is bowling a 275, but don’t ask him how he did it.
“I wish I knew because I would have gotten the 300 if I knew what it was,” King said. “It was one of those days that everything you throw comes up and it’s like, alright. But I’m still trying to get that 300, and when I get to 300 I’ll probably quit. Mission accomplished.”
To nominate your favorite doorperson, email email@example.com with the door person’s name and why you think they should be the doorperson of the month. Each winner will receive a $25 gift card to Mariano’s.