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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.

Merlyn Jose

As a kid, I’ve always loved Weddings and wanting to be a business owner. Grammar school, my weekends were spent at local craft shows selling handmade bracelets, floral wreaths and wishing wells. So naturally, merging my two loves was inevitable. I had left my corporate job of 10 years and decided to go for it! Read more>>

Rocio Vargas

Hello, my name is Rocio Vargas I hope that my story is worth your time. I appreciate the consideration and a special thanks to Norma Rios whom I believe one of the greatest human beings I’ve met. Although I’ve been helping my mother cook since I was a little girl. Read more>>

Penny Giunta

After many years as Director of Religious Education in several parishes, I came to realize that we were missing the most important component in trying to pass on the Catholic faith to children – their parents. So, fourteen years ago I took the initiative to start a family model for religious formation. Read more>>

J. Wesley Johnson III

It all started at Rich South High School in Richton Park, after being cut from both the Freshman A and B team because the Assistant Coach, (who was my neighbor across the street) told me I was to small to play. I began to get in the weight room and practice basketball daily in my drive way. Read more>>

Patty McGuire

Because I was a singer when I was younger, hair & makeup has always had an important role in my life. It wasn’t until I was much older that I realized that the hair & makeup combined with a love of making women feel beautiful had become a calling that would change my life forever. As a former salon owner and educator, I gained valuable experience as an artist and mentor. Read more>>

Pete Rosendahl

My story started just a few years ago.. 12 years to be exact. I was introduced to Jeff Doyle, aka DJ SLY!! I met this DJ through a very good friend. Once I seen Jeff DJ, & how he mixed. I knew right then and there… Read more>>

Joan Geary

Where did my interest in art come from, growing up in a family that had no artists? There was no art to speak of in my family home, nor were there any cultural outings or discussions of any kind. Read more>>

Erik Perez

When I was in kindergarten, every week my teacher would put on a TV program that showed children how to match shapes with objects, in order to achieve what wanted to draw. Read more>>

Shanna Dugan

I am a full-time photographer and owner of Photography by Shanna. I began studying photography in 1998, and received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Western Illinois University. Read more>>

Rachel Thiakos

I am a gift giver at heart. Always have been. It is because of my love of giving that prompted me to begin a company where others could enjoy the same pleasures of giving as me. Read more>>

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