Meet 10 Cool Dads in Chicago


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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.

Brian Douglas

Brian was a Mergers & Acquisition Investment Banker before founding a baby-product company. “You know … that old story,” he jokes. His big ideas are making a household name of Itzy Ritzy, the juvenile and lifestyle products company (known for everything from fashionable car seat covers to ecofriendly snack packs) that he runs with his wife, Kelly. They live in the west suburbs with their two girls and a boy and love watching and playing sports in their valued off-work hours. For Brian, parenting is a wonderful journey full of important moments. “I love first steps, first words, first days of school, homework, dinner, nighttime feedings … mostly because by our third child I would sneak down with my son and watch Sports Center with him while he ate. Just a couple of guys,” says Brian.

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— Story by Kelly Aiglon

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