It’s a bird. It’s a plane. It’s a super dad! And in Chicago we have lots of them. Meet 10 local dads that are special in more ways than one. Whether baking cookies, advocating for families, inspiring scientific minds or making strides in medicine, these fathers are huggable heroes that balance their careers, their families and maybe even a superpower or two. Flip through our album to meet them.

The Politics Powerhouse: Dan Johnson

This Wilmette dad is a lobbyist by day and a loving father by night. He was a former student of Barack Obama (yes, POTUS used to be his professor!) and now he owns Progressive Public Affairs. Through his biz, he works to make Illinois a better state for families by advocating for equal pay legislation and the reduction of the sales tax on diaper. Soon he hopes to make big moves on paid family leave. He and his wife, Kelli, have an energetic brood with Luke (3), Emma (2) and Teddy (6 months). When Dan isn’t making the world a more family-friendly place, he likes to hang out at local eateries like The Noodle, Depot Nuevo and the Pancake House.

Photographed by Sandy Frias | © 2015 TK Photography

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— Natasha Davis