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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.

Ken Markiewicz

I started my artist career by doing all kinds of normal jobs, waitering, driving limos, and being a cartographer in the Marines, but on off hours, I drew and painted whatever anyone wanted. I squeezed in a couple years at the American Academy of Art, while still working various jobs, and doing freelance art projects. Read more>>

Page Deulin

At my sons’ school carnival in March of this year, I found myself completely engaged with what was happening at the face painting table. One of the face painters, while waiting for a “customer”, was playing with her paints. She swirled her brush along her arm, creating texture and nuance, she blended one vibrant color after another into a beautiful landscape. She was an artist. Read more>>

Mary Dolan

Sports are a passion of mine. I played high school sports and soccer at the University of Notre Dame before they had a Div. 1 program. I also come from a family with lots of entrepreneurial energy. Growing up, my dad talked about business opportunities at the dinner table and after discussing benefits and risks, we would have to vote on whether we would support the idea, with imaginary money, of course. Read more>>

Claudia Freed

I’d like to say that my story is a life of many beginnings. Naturally, being born in Argentina into a family of Spanish and Italian immigrants explains why passion has always been part of who I am. I grew up knowing that education and hard work were my ticket to a happy life, not wealth, of which we had none. Read more>>

Stephanie Wallace

I never felt completely happy or satisfied. I’ve always loved art and photography, so after much practice as a hobbyist, plus a few classes learning all about photography and Photoshop, I decided to start a portrait photography business. Read more>>

Andy Chaw

I believe MBT is a brand that has a higher purpose, that is having products and patents that actually make a difference to people’s lives. I saw this and invested in it and never look back. Since its founding in 1996, MBT has constantly been innovating and experimenting, developing footwear that not only provides comfort and relief, but also enhances performance. Read more>>

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