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Inspiring Stories from the North-West 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 rising stars from the North West side below.

Kate Burton

Mostly straight people who love the mission of my business, but the few queer people that came in told me that they had never felt comfortable going to a tailor before because they felt that they would be judged. It was at that point, and every time someone comes in saying that they finally feel comfortable in their clothing, that I know I found my calling and that this shop will be around for a very long time. Read more>>

Jesse Hora

I think what sets us apart is that we actually have discernible, hard skills that inform everything we do. We are artists at heart. We grew up drawing, painting, crafting, printing, winning Santa Clause drawing competitions and building towers out of toothpicks & marshmallows. Using our hands and making art is the reason we chose design in the first place. Read more>>

Jason Perez

Whether it be a musician looking for session work, a band looking for a show, or even a photographer looking for work. We’re not worried about how to make money, we’re more focused on how we can be helpful. Every artist has different goals, every artist is at a different stage in their career, therefore, we take a boutique approach to any artist we work with. Read more>>

Lisa Nihiser

When I began making bags, they were all just little “artistic experiments ” made out of fabric combos cut and appliqued into different designs. I then added other materials, like bamboo or vintage buckles and from there my passion for reclaimed and recycled materials blew up. Read more>>

Delilah Matos

Being quick to judge is something that creates division and it is really unfortunate. Why be so quick to judge when we can come together to help make each other better? We are here to judge one another on untruths and illusions. Our Company is rooted in Compassion but not everyone will see it that way. Read more>>

Meghan Conwell

I always knew I wanted to work in music, even in high school. I ended up going to the University of Delaware as an undecided major, thinking I would switch into their Music Management program. However, you had to audition to get into the program, and I didn’t want to do that. Read more>>

Taylor Hokanson

Each of these towns is marked by a painful transition from the industrial age to the information age, which forced folks to hustle or go broke. Those stories are reflected in my own transition from welder, blacksmith, and commercial sculptor to self-taught computer scientist, academic, and Postdigital artist. Read more>>

Jenny Lam

I’ve been an artist and writer for as long as I can remember; I’ve been drawing and writing since I could grip a pen in my hand as a baby (I say that’s why, to this day, I don’t and can’t hold art and writing utensils correctly), scribbling infant graffiti on everything from printer paper to furniture to covers of bootleg Disney VHS tapes. Read more>>

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