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Inspiring Stories from the South 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 the South Side’s rising stars below.

Felicia Hampton

As a little girl I’ve always loved fashion, my mother dressed me and my sister in fancy dresses no matter what the occasion was. We loved dressing up We were always nice and neat. I watch my mother dress and should was and still is today a true diva. Read more>>

Katie Hawks

I’ve been interested in holistic health and wellness since I was a young girl. I remember reading the book Gifted Hands by Ben Carson, M.D. when I was in middle school and thinking that I was going to be a doctor some day. I was fascinated with the human body and inspired to help people feel better. Read more>>

Yair Rodriguez, Elvis Ortega

1840 Creative is a custom woodworking and steel fabrication business that designs and handcrafts quality custom, industrial, and modern-industrial furniture. We strive to provide clients an excellent customer experience from the initial outreach, to design input, and to the delivery of a final project. Read more>>

Zenia Ruiz

The flower world wasn’t a place I was remotely familiar with growing up, yet somehow I stumbled into it and let it become a source of beauty and simplicity in my life. While pursuing my MBA, the opportunity to partner with my mom in a small, Pilsen retail flower shop presented itself. Read more>>

Emmet Nitto

I originally joined instagram and just took pictures of everything with my smarthphone. I eventually started taking it a bit more seriously as a place to express myself and my pictures and art so started getting into editing and posting very regularly. About 6 months ago I decided I wanted to switch directions. Read more>>

David Gamboa

I was 11 years old when I first picked up the guitar and little did I know it would grow to be my life. A few years went by and i became curious about writing and recording my own music. When I was 15 I saved up enough money to buy a cheap laptop and downloaded some free software to start recording music and from there my musical journey took off. Read more>>

Carlo Oviedo

I dont believe “smooth road” and entrepreneurship could even be used in the same sentence! Failing often is not only unavoidable but necessary in order to really build something meaningful. The most important thing is that we learn from those mistakes and use the lessons to fail, less. Read more>>

Concitta Cavin

I started dabbling in graphic design as a pastime as a child while spending ‘off’ days in my mother’s office. By the time I reached college I was the go-to person for event design, creating promotional material, and everything in between! While journeying through the corporate world post-college, no matter the assigned job title, my role always seems to expand to include communications and design once the powers that be witnessed my work. Read more>>

Cat Wheelehan, Dr. Erik Korzen, Dr. Kelsey Tangel, Dr. Jessica Hehmeyer, Katie Lauterbach, Eddie Moline

As the demand for evidence-based, non-invasive and natural treatment options grows, so has Aligned Modern Health. What began as a single location in Chicago’s Southport neighborhood – has flourished into an integrative practice offering Chiropractic Physical Medicine, Acupuncture, Functional Medicine & Clinical Nutrition, and Massage Therapy. Read more>>

Ted Gonder

In 2008, after seeing the ways the economic recession was affecting the Chicago communities around our University of Chicago campus, a group of friends and I decided to form a student organization that would work to improve the economic health of these areas through near-peer mentorship and financial education. Read more>>

1 Comment

  1. Grant Niebergall

    August 6, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    I had an opportunity to browse some of the interviews. I am very excited to have been chosen for one of the future interviews as well !
    I think it’s absolutely fabulous that a magazine of your caliber has done as well as it has only because the non-corporate companies are the ones who have the true stories that are not hidden by corporate rules. At the end of the day it’s about struggle and survival compassion and success and I tip my hat to every business owner out there and every genre of work! 1 Fine Tune is excited to bring the music industry together on stages as well as in the communities of Chicago in the nation !

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