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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.

Kyle Surges

As with many artists, I started showing interest with drawing and art at a young age. It wasn’t until high school that I really began to excel in art classes and considered it as a career option. At the time, Plainfield Central High School had a strong art department and excellent instructors. Read more>>

Tori Telfer

I’ve wanted to be a writer from the age of, oh, 8 or so. I majored in creative writing at Northwestern University, worked in children’s publishing for a few years, did a year of grad school, and then, in 2013, began life as a freelance writer—which is what I’ve been ever since. Read more>>

Liz Bobak

I started my blog because I wanted something to focus on and keep my mind busy. I love being organized and planning things out and this was perfect for me.I had a blog for a hot second with a friend back in 2010 but we only had probably 5 posts. Read more>>

Audrey Herrington

My intuition led me here. The nose knows, you know! Six years ago I danced into a little fragrance boutique in Lincoln Park called, Aroma Workshop. A magical potion lab that allows clients to create their own fragrance with a trained perfumer. Read more>>

Nat Escobedo

Big music lover growing up. My mom took me to a lot of concerts as a kid, especially those pretty boybands. Aside from taking classes in high school, She always had these cool little cameras she would let me borrow when I started going to shows on my own. Read more>>

Ashley Little

As cliché as it may be, I ended up in the medical profession because of my desire to help people. When I was younger, I wanted to be an orthopedic surgeon but as I got older and learned more about the medical profession, I realized that I wanted to do something a bit different. Read more>>

Susan Attea

I received my B.A. at SUNY Geneseo, where I graduated with a Major in Theatre and a Minor in Fine Art. I continued my education at the University of Michigan graduating with an M.F.A. in Scenic Design. After completing my Masters degree I moved to Chicago where I continued to work as a freelance designer and painter. Read more>>

Anna Brown

I went back to school to study clothing design after moving to Chicago in 2000. We moved to the Pilsen neighborhood at that time, and have never lived anywhere else! My studio space has evolved over the last 15 years as my business has developed, and I now work out of a beautiful new storefront studio in the neighborhood. Read more>>

Emma Galvez

I started with Ambius September 2007. I was intrigued by the job ad as it said something like “We care about our People. People”. Thought it was a typo but they meant to do that to show that they really care about their people. Read more>>

Ola Morin-Muhammed

My background is in architecture. I graduated from LTU, in Michigan, and began working in the design & construction industry while in college. When I graduated in 2001 and fully immersed myself in architecture, I realized I wasn’t doing what I thought I would be doing in my field. Read more>>

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