Oak Park man makes top 25 for ‘hot husbands’ contest

Chris Williams admitted he was a little embarrassed when he found out his wife, Amy, nominated him for a hot husbands contest.

But after reading the essay she submitted for the Redbook Magazine contest — 500 words praising not only his looks, but his character, too — Chris said he was moved by what she wrote.

“Even if I don’t win, I think she’s got power over me for the next 20 years,” he joked.

He thought it was sweet, Amy said, but was certain he’d never be picked. But the Oak Park couple recently learned that Chris is one of 25 finalists for the magazine’s 2015 America’s Hottest Husband contest. The prize is a trip to Bermuda.

Amy was in a doctor’s office waiting room earlier this year, flipping through an issue of the magazine, when she noticed the prompt.

“I really love writing, so I definitely thought I could write 500 words about why I’m crazy about my husband,” she said. She submitted the essay and a few photos of him in February.

Amy’s essay highlights Chris’ toned arms, the salt-and-pepper hair at his temples, and his ability to pull off skinny jeans, but she also writes admiringly of his character: his desire to help others, the ease with which he took on the stepdad role to Amy’s two children, and that he’s a man of his word.

As an attorney with the Office of the Cook County Public Guardian, Chris often assists children in tough situations, and has volunteered for the elderly, Amy wrote.

“I think it was 90 percent the essay, and 10 percent my photo,” Chris joked about his being named a finalist.

Amy was divorced with two children when she and Chris met online in November 2009. A bachelor living in Chicago, Chris was introduced to Griffin, 16, and Sophie, 12, while they decorated their Christmas tree. Amy wrote she was touched that Chris brought ornaments to add to their tree.

Before they were married in October 2011, the couple kept a journal together. Amy found it incredibly romantic that Chris wrote he was so excited to marry her, he would sneak downstairs at night to try on his wedding ring.

Chris acknowledged that there are times when the day-to-day aspect of a marriage can be tough, so Amy’s gesture went a long way.

“It kind of reinforces the importance of relationships and love,” Chris said.

Online voting will begin Sept. 3. Visit www.redbookmag.com/hothusbands2015 to vote.

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