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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.

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>>

Meredith Boe

I knew I wanted to be a writer early on, but I didn’t really go for it until college. I studied writing and publishing in graduate school, and started working for a book publisher. All the while, I wrote prose, poetry, and critique, and started to get published. Read more>>

Carly Perez

When I was a little girl my father did “old school” marketing and advertising. We hand delivered flyers to homeowners door steps, we did events and worked promotions at the neighborhood malls with everything from being santa’s helpers to running carnivals to sidewalk sales. We created newspaper ads, faxed promotions out and did vacation and product box giveaways. I was always impressed with my fathers creativity and drive. Read More>>

Angelo Sisco

After eight surgeries, two months in a hospital bed, five months of daily rehab and the encouraging news from my doctors that any kind of athletics is permanently out of the question, I fell into a deep depression. In 2009, I discovered CrossFit and everything changed once again. I had a new focus. I had a new purpose. I lost 100 pounds. Read more>>

Peggy McGuire

I began my career as a Director of Foster Care for a National Adoption Agency. I fulfilled that role for 12 years. I was able to work with birth parents, adoptive and foster parents, as well as the medical and legal systems. It was an invigorating and very fulfilling time in my career. The leadership of the organization gave me every opportunity to learn, develop and truly build a very successful agency that brought families together, peace to crisis, and opportunities to individuals that goes beyond imagination. Read more>>

Sandy and Rich Crane

With my skills from the past of being self-employed, working at the corporate office of The Pampered Chef as a sales trainer (where I met my wonderful husband), and working at church which is all about people… real estate seemed to fit. To most, real estate is about buying and selling a property, but to us, the main focus of real estate is working with people and helping them find the foundation to host their memories. Read more>>

Rebecca George

The Art House in Chicago is a studio workshop and gallery offering innovative courses for adult artists at every stage of experience. Adult art classes in color, painting, drawing, printmaking and open studio are open for registration on a semester schedule and feature in-depth demonstrations on material and technique, small class sizes and makeup options for missed sessions. Individual instruction is available to expedite a self-directed momentum and build a body of work/portfolio. Read more>>


About five years ago, we were designing and running our own brand. After taking a few collections to various screen printers, we realized that no one had the attention to detail we wanted and the quality was lacking in most prints. Being naïve and ambitious, we decided the only way to get the product exactly the way we wanted it was to do everything in-house. Grch became an excellent printer, mastering a lot of different techniques and styles – Read more>>

Mila Aron

I always loved to tell stories through imagery. I believed that capturing real emotion is so important for memory keeping, I didn’t want the cheesy and overly posed looks from my little one, but I wanted to look back at these memories ten years from the time and be able to see the way he really was at this age. I had a point and shoot camera at the time and it just wasn’t doing what I wanted it to do. Read more>>

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