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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.

Shannon Greene Robb

Arranmore is an island off the coast of Ireland that my maternal grandmother is from. My father named the farm after Arranmore to pay tribute to our heritage. After visiting at the age of 15, I felt a sense of community I had not experienced before. It became a driving force in my life to recreate that sense of belonging within my chosen community in the states. Using my background in multi-disciplinary arts and my family’s history of community engagement, I created Arranmore Events/ArranmoreArts. The goal was, and is, to bring people together through unique, immersive experiences. Read more>>

Greg Schwem

I started performing stand up comedy at Prospect High School in Mt. Prospect, IL. I graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of J0urnalism but continued performing comedy, mostly on campus. I moved to West Palm Beach, Florida, spent five years as a newspaper and then a television reporter, but returned to Chicago to try stand up full time. My material about technology was noticed by the Chicago Tribune, which dubbed me, “comedy with a byte.” Eventually I began being asked to perform at corporate meetings, conferences, etc. Today, I perform exclusively for the corporate market, with clients that include Microsoft, Cisco, McDonald’s, IBM and Southwest Airlines. Read more>>

Janee Matteson

Janée Matteson owner of, was born and raised in Morris, IL. She has been a lifelong outdoor sportswoman, from her early days of fur trapping on the Illinois river in the 80’s, to duck hunting with her father annually on those same shores. Janée graduated from the University of Illinois at Chicago with one Bachelor’s degree in Athletic Training and a second in Kinesiotherapy. While at UIC she competed as a member of the Division 1 softball team. After completing college, she worked for the first Director of Physical Therapy on the PGA Tour, which had since developed a golf specific medical wellness program. Read more>>

Gerry Beagles

I personally have been hanging out with and assisting individuals with developmental disabilities for over 45 years! My heart and future was changed when at the age of 16 I was asked to volunteer at a SPRED (Special Religious Education Program) at a nearby parish. The focus of the program was to celebrate the goodness and giftedness of the children and adults with disabilities that attended so that they would have a sense of God’s love for them. In my puffed up ego mind I found myself thinking how lucky the participants were going to be to have stud muffin Gerry Beagles spending time with them. Read more>>

Liz Florine

 Liz began her journey as a massage therapist when she discovered massage therapy as a means to relieve herself of chronic pain. Since she has always been interested in health and holistic remedies, becoming a massage therapist was a natural choice. Because she has experienced debilitating pain herself, she can relate to what her clients are feeling. Read More >>

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