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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.

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>>

Cole Funck

I never really took art as a career seriously until senior year of high school when I was considering where I wanted to go to college and what I wanted to do for a career. I came to Chicago as part of my pursuit of my goal of becoming an animator. Since then I’ve worked as a part of an animation collective called Loose Change. Read more>>

Sarah Kammerer

What excites me about my current role is that I am a part of a loving community that puts trust in each other to accomplish the collective mission of building great humans through music education. It is a heavy, but joyful burden: if I fail as the chief fundraiser for the organization. Read more>>

Alexandra Wendt and Cheri Lucania

We started Third Coast Goods with the simple idea that there is nothing out there that represents this amazing place we call home. We have gorgeous beaches, amazing restaurants and culture and unbelievable people and we wanted to celebrate it. That is why Third Coast is not just an apparel line, it is a state of mind! Read more>>

Michelle Maynard

I actually got my start in the visual arts and design through floral design— I studied floral arrangement and worked in an event shop for some time before pursuing graphic design. I eventually found my niche in graphic design and experimental visual arts along the way and ended up studying graphic design at DePaul University. Read more>>

Brittany Boardman

My sister changed her career and I work in freelance on film and television shows, so we made ourselves available to her. We decided to join her in purchasing some houses and started the Muthaflippas! It really hasn’t been a smooth road, as I’m sure any new business has its bumps as well. Read more>>

Kawaun Saunders

It all started when I was younger I use to watch MTV jams all day and night literally dreaming to be like the artist that I’ve seen on the tv one day. I wrote down some lyrics about girls that I liked. I use to record videos of me rapping it to them and put it on Facebook. Read more>>

Bruce Faber

I started in the restaurant business at the age of 4, spending weekends at my grandmother’s restaurant in Chicago, The Rathskeller. It was here I realized my passion for people and food, and later that year at school during career day, in 1st grade, I said I wanted to be a restaurant owner, like my grandmother. Read More>>

Jennifer Lynne Le Vine

My journey of wellness began when I was a pretty young kid. I didn’t like how I felt from the food I was eating and I got sick pretty often. I began grocery shopping for myself as soon as I started working part-time, and that’s when I first adopted a vegetarian diet, around the age of 16. Read more>>

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