What brought you to Chicago?
I moved to Chicago right after undergrad to take a job at a digital ad agency. It didn’t hurt that Chel, my now wife, was going to school at Columbia College as well.
Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town near Peoria, IL. About 3 hours south of Chicago.
What do you find challenging about living here?
I love being outdoors and in nature. Hunting, fishing, shooting, hiking, climbing, etc and many of these things are unavailable in city. It’s hard to be in the middle of nowhere and only hear the wind, trees and birds in Chicago.
What are some of the reasons you love it?
I love that it’s a large city, but it’s accessible, I can drive. I can easily travel out of the city via planes, trains or automobiles. I love the food. I love the lake.
Why do you stay?
It’s my kind town.
How has community affected your time here?
Without a doubt yes. Without community and the roots that we have within our church family of Missio Dei I’m certain that we would have left Chicago and tried living in some other larger cities.
Can you speak into the creativity found in the Chicago community (specifically in the circle of people you spend time with)? How does it inspire you?
Sort of passing on this one. It’s hard to answer as I haven’t given a lot of effort to consume creativity from the community.
When do you feel most empowered and comfortable in your own skin?
When I feel good about my physique. At the time these photos were taken, that wasn’t the case. Today it is. Despite that, I rarely do not feel empowered or uncomfortable.
Has living in the city affected your style and the way you approach your day-to-day look? If so, how?
The city hasn’t had as much to do with it as my beautiful wife Chel.
If you're up for it, would you share a specific story about an encounter you've had in Chicago that has moved you/stayed with you?
I have countless “Chicago stories” from riding CTA, seeing all parts of the city. I suppose one that comes to mind was my first trip to 103rd and Doty (one of the impound lots). I had borrowed a friend’s car and it was towed due to my inability to read and translate the multiple parking signs at State & 14th. That was an interesting experience and one that I joke about often.
Anything else you'd like to share about your time in Chicago?
I love this city, it’s one of the best in the world. I’ve been blessed to be able to travel to many cities in the United States and a few in other countries and no matter what Chicago is always calling me home.