Dads have the magic touch. They turn roughhousing into an art form, have an unending arsenal of silly faces and can make tears dry with a single smooch. Chicago is full of cool dads and we want you to meet a few. Get to know a trend-setting store owner, longtime improv actor, restaurant and bar tastemaker, baby-business entrepreneur and other fellows that do their families — and Chicago — proud.
If you've spoken to Melvin, he's probably made you laugh - or at least smile. The former youth pastor and Development Director for the Loaves & Fishes food pantry now works for DuPage County as the Grants and Research Coordinator. His funny bone really shows during lunch breaks and on nights and weekends when he does acting and improvising. You can see him on stage at Aurora's The Comedy Shrine and in TV commercials. His family gets the most precious prime time. Melvin lives in Naperville with his wife, Kimberly and three children - Julian (6), Theo (2) and Mary Anne (1). Says Melvin, "I was voted fourth funniest person in my family by my two-year-old ... just behind him, his older brother and the dog."
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— Story by Kelly Aiglon