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Inspiring Stories from the North Side

The heart of our mission at VoyageChicago is to find the amazing souls that breathe life into our city. In the recent weeks we’ve had the privilege to connect with some of the Chicago’s finest artists, creatives, entrepreneurs and rabble rousers and we can’t begin to express how impressed we are with our city’s incredibly deep talent pool. Check out North Side’s rising stars below.

Erin Nelson and Mary Rose Gonzales

We have had a gender-neutral pricing structure for a couple of years now and that is a huge deal for so many reasons. Hair has no gender, so our prices needed to reflect that. Our values are strong and clear. We only carry independently owned and operated brands, brands that are cruelty-free, and sustainable. Read more>>

Paul Swanson

What I always enjoyed most when growing up involved helping others, making things easier, knowing that others had a fair chance, were not excluded and / or had the information and tools necessary to get from point A to point B. I also had a deep passion for music, sang on stage and in the choir and played percussion. I guess I came upon my future careers honestly with a comfort in front of others, I’m not sure I really connected those dots until I got to Michigan state University, but once I did, my passions became my focus. Read More>>

Syed Rahman

My demographic is a very small one compared to mainstream consumers because it is Islamic art, so it was difficult finding my footing and finding my place. There were many trial and errors and even now, the days are long and overwhelming but when my customers send me pictures of their art on their walls and knowing I was part of making their homes feel more special for them is so amazing to me. Read more>>

Arlene Bass

Through the years I’ve had multiple locations but focusing on one well run facility is where I believe we can provide the greatest environment, camaraderie and community. We’ve been in our current home for 8 years and last year extended into a suite next door to allow for more floor space. Read more>>

Zach Sloan, Sam McArtor, and Ben Margolit

We built Rentgrata because we wanted to give our friends an opportunity to monetize their apartment lease and give them a reason to love renting. Right now, we rent because we enjoy the flexible lifestyle that renting provides, and affording the down payment on a home in our ideal location is far from easy. Rentgrata introduces the world’s first financial amenity for renters. Read more>>

Mary Laskey

You have to be willing to take a lot of chances and have the confidence to continue even when things don’t work out. Being an artist and a gallery owner, I have to make sure I still have time to create my own work as well as coordinating exhibitions, running the gallery and promoting my guest artists. Read more>>

Luciano Pedota

The are two things that that have always kept me motivated: seeing children perform their end-of-the-year residency performances, as well as, bringing live performances to young ones while offering professional musicians, who have worked very hard at mastering their instruments, the opportunity to perform for an audience that will surely react with excitement or joy to their music. Read more>>

Ashley Harley

Naturally utilizing her immaculate writing ability with all things beauty related led her to blog. In early 2018, she began developing a blog that focuses on beauty, lifestyle, and social events named Blush Bar. Connecting followers to businesses that provide services every glam babe needs while offering a platform for articles and advice columns is nothing short of a dream come true. Read more>>

Ellie O’Brien

I launched Hungry by Nature in the fall of 2015. I was looking for a creative outlet from my day job and wanted a way to practice food photography. At the time, this little food blog didn’t have a lot of direction – just healthier recipes and musing of life in the city. Read more>>

Verneccia Etienne

Relocating to Chicago has been an amazing journey for me! I have had my design work internationally published, participated in Chicago Fashion week, and have had my collections featured on Access Hollywood Live, Fox News, and Windy City Live – Chicago and also won 3rd place in the Driehaus Design Initiative. Read more>>

Ben Stringfellow

My approach to design and client service is the result of a varied background. I studied biology, chemistry and physics through a science research fellowship at DePauw University. Based on that analytical foundation, I built a career in consulting and corporate communications. Read more>>

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