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

Liv Roskos

Music has been in my blood every since I was young. Growing up, I spent many evenings in the living room around the piano creating music with my sisters and mother. As a teenager I spent time with my friends at my house writing and creating music. Read more>>

Hannah Minks

I have been informally observing for a while now that young professionals care deeply about a variety of social causes and political issues—but they don’t always take the next step to proactive service in their communities. Read more>>

Sarah Rodriguez

I became interested in event planning as a child. I would plan events and parties for anybody that would allow it. (They were getting a surprise party if not.) It has always been my dream to create amazing experiences for guests, down to the smallest details. I love being a part of such happy celebrations and it’s so satisfying to create custom ideas for these celebrations! Read more>>

Aaron Hawkins

It all started when I was in Junior High School. I was in art class and we had to create a paper mache mask of our own faces and paint them. My mask had a blue face and a clock on it representing time standing still when I create art. Read more>>

Jena Ertel

Probably everything starts when I fell in love with dance in High School. I think that time of life and how dramatic an artistic love can be at that time really forged an indelible attachment to movement and the joy it brings. Read more>>

Scottie Long

During my early childhood, my parents played lots of Classic Rock greats in our home and some more obscure ones as well. Some of the musical artists whom stuck with me, from that time, are The Who, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Neil Young, The Moody Blues and The Beatles. Read more>>

Kerri Ann Reavis

“Journey with me for the last five years of my life in Expressionism. I never knew I would make art as a career until the age of 42. It was then that I found my true calling as it brought forth changes inside of me. Read more>>

May Tsupros

I grew up in southern Illinois, my grandparents had a farm that I would spend summers helping at. I’ve always been fortunate enough to live closely connected to food and the outdoors. After graduating college I moved to Florida where I quickly realized that research science didn’t provide the human connection I sought so I applied to Teach For America. Read more>>

Neli Vazquez-Rowland

Why did I choose to veer in a different direction as I was moving along an established track, away from my senior level position at a top finance firm? It seemed like I had everything– however, early on, I picked up on a lesson that my purpose, first and foremost, was giving back and helping all, as one humanity. Read more>>

Christine Tully Aranza

I was introduced to the Chicago Restaurant Community while I was a student at Loyola. What started as a part time gig ended up changing the trajectory of my career. I was fortunate enough to work at this amazing restaurant, Tuttaposto, under Chef Tony Mantuano. Read more>>

Brittney Borowicz Keller

Prior to my current role as the Vice President of Marketing for Grid Connect, I realized my affinity for all things media and marketing while working in radio and television. I graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism and one of my greatest college experiences was working for a local, student-led radio station. Read more>>

Melissa Hahn

I started my career in Purchasing at HSBC. I fell in love looking for the right product for my customers and making them happy by providing solutions, cost savings and great customer service. I was always liked planning birthday parties, wedding showers and fundraising events. Read more>>

Zach Neal

I started out editing wedding films for a large Chicago-based company called Amor In Motion. Now I freelance edit and produce my own projects on the side. I still do wedding films as well as business/non-profit promotional, travel, and music videos. Read more>>

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