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Rising Stars from the South 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 rising stars from the South West of Chicago below.

Pat Perrier

Just Breathe Yoga studio was started by my teacher, Galey Kielian. I started taking classes with Galey when she was teaching at another studio, and when she started her own studio, I followed, as well as many of her other students. Like many people, I came to yoga for the “stretching” and to keep my body moving due to arthritis. Read more>>

Qiana Turner

I initially began my business in 2011 as Propose This Event Planning. In 2013, I took some time off, as I was pregnant with my third child who was born in September 2013. She’s the only girl of six boys total, to be born in my family. Read more>>

Jeff Hoffee

I started playing music when I was very young and still do today. It has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. Being around musicians for so many years was one of the keys to my success in business. Read more>>

Kristen McShane

I started as a public school teacher. From the beginning of my teaching career, I felt this constant pull to better reach students who weren’t able- for various reasons- to fully access learning in the classroom. Realizing that the limitations of the regular school system left many students still needing more, I decided to invest my energy working with students and families privately. Read more>>

Patrick Wheeler

As far back as I can remember, people have been telling me that I was meant to be an artist. Whether through self-fulfilling prophesy or casual insight, I have certainly taken that advice to heart. When I discovered music and guitar in my early teens things felt like a natural fit. Read more>>

Mathew Scarpelli

After graduating college in 2002, I took on jobs in a variety of fields. During this time I was also performing with multiple bands in clubs throughout Chicago. In early 2010, I was laid off from my day job and coincidentally, I found myself without a music project as well. Read more>>

Barbara Marsh

Inspired by my grandmother and mother and father, I learned how enjoyable it was to cook, bake, and the art of crafts. I took a chance on faith to open a business, I felt, was my destiny and my purpose. For years, I reminded myself of just what it was that I wanted to do. Read more>>

Amanda Vogel

Education is our passion, and providing the best in education is our obsession. Vine started as an extension of Nurturing Wisdom Tutoring, which has provided one on one, in-home tutoring to thousands of students across Chicagoland for the last twelve years. Read more>>

Katie Hafer

When I was a little girl while all of the other girls wanted to play house or school, I always wanted to play business. I would pull family members aside for very important pretend meetings. You could say my entrepreneurial spirit started at a very young age. Most people don’t know that I started my first business when I was 21 years old. Read more>>

Don Bender

I used to love to throw annual backyard horseshoe tournaments hosting over 150 friends and family members. I often had difficulty enjoying my guests because I was too busy cooking on the grill and making sure my guests were happy! Read more>>

Chris Demiduk

While visiting in Virginia, my fiancé (now husband) and I happened to come across Emerson Creek Pottery in Bedford, Virginia. We had to travel down a long, gravel road down to a clearing with an old farmhouse out in the country. Read more>>

Laura Egan

I have always loved photography and had taken courses through High School and College to improve. After years of taking photos as a hobbyist, I decided that I wanted to make photography my career. I jumped right in and now nine months later my business is thriving! Read more>>

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