Doorperson of the month Eduardo Zaragoza Del Toro

By Gianna Annunzio | Staff Writer

Published April 6, 2018

Eduardo Zaragoza Del Toro has spent weekends greeting residents at the Heritage building, 130 N. Garland Ct., since November 2015. His career as a doorman began after a friend, who worked as a Heritage concierge, recommended Del Toro to the building’s property manager. The hiring process proceeded swiftly from that moment on.

“I went to go check it out and he interviewed me,” Del Toro said. “The day after, I get a call. It was unexpected, to be honest. It’s a great place to be.”

As a Chicago native living in the Pilsen area, Del Toro’s job as a doorman has only increased his passion for downtown living.

He said one of his favorite things about working at the Heritage is striking up conversations with everyone he meets.“It’s cool how [residents] go from not knowing [me], to getting on a personal level,” he said. “Every conversation I have with them
I either learn something new, or get to know them better.”

Del Toro said some Heritage residents have been exceptionally caring, even during the holidays. “They’ve invited me on Thanksgiving to have dinner with the
family,” he said. “It’s stuff like that that makes me feel like I’m actually welcome there.”

Del Toro said one of his greatest passions outside the Heritage is creating photorealistic drawings. After attending the School of the Art Institute for a year, he now sells commissions to art seekers.

“I’ve only been drawing for six years, but I’d like to think I’m pretty experienced,” he said. “If it’s up to me, I’ll do cityscapes or still life portraits, but most commissions I get, they ask for a [drawing of a] person. It’s usually what I’m doing every single day
to be honest.”

Leading a life with the perfect balance of hobbies and career aspirations, Del Toro said that as a doorman, his greatest take-away is the unique connections he makes with residents. “You always see people on the street and you’re hesitant to go up and talk to them,” he said. “This job kind of made it easier for me to do stuff like that.”

Doorperson of the month

Leslie Poston of Park Millennium

By Stephanie Racine | Staff Writer

Leslie Poston began working at the Park Millennium, 222 N. Columbus Dr., in July 2017. Prior to being a doorperson, Poston worked at the W Hotel, but sought a different career when overnight shifts at the W Hotel began to take a toll on her.

Since moving onto greeting patrons at the Park Millennium, Poston is happy she made the switch. Her favorite part of her new job is the residents. She enjoys meeting and interacting with their families, friends and guests. “It’s a more personal thing, because it’s home for them,” Poston said.

Poston appreciates the warmth her residents exude, and how they can inspire her. One resident who was diagnosed with a terminal illness seventeen years ago helps Poston stay positive by always coming downstairs with a smile.

“He helps me put things into perspective,” Poston said. “He’s pushing for life and he can still smile.”

Poston also gets a good laugh out of some of her residents, recalling a time one man had a skeleton painted on his face. “A guy got off the elevators going to the parking garage. I thought I saw a ghost face,” she said. “And he waved. I just started cracking up.”

Born and raised in Chicago, Poston enjoys many things about her city. She keeps up with sports, especially baseball, because her mother was a big fan. Recently, she began following the Blackhawks and wants to attend a hockey game soon. Poston loves the restaurant Carnivale and visiting the city’s many landmarks. When asked what her favorites were, Poston said she enjoys “Buckingham fountain or Navy Pier after hours. Or early morning before everyone gets up.”

“We really do have the best city,” she said.

Published May 5