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 Artistic Leader: Jose Ochoa

As a proud papa, Jose never misses a chance to check out Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum, Adler Planetarium and Chicago Children's Theater with his son, Benjamin (5) and wife, Sara (local publisher of Macaroni Kid - Chicago Loop). But this former ballet dancer is a creative jack-of-all-trades. As a resident of East Humboldt Park, he has been supporting the creative heart of Chicago’s youth for the past seven years as the founding Executive and Artistic Director of ChiArts. The Chicago High School for the Arts is Chicago's first and only public arts high school, but Jose was bringing creativity to the world long before he walked the ChiArts halls. After college, he even opened a music school in Honduras. This year, he hopes ChiArts will continue to have one of the highest attendance and graduation rates in the city.

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— Natasha Davis