Top 5 Favorite Chicago Creatives Interviews Of 2017

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Man, what a year. As I type this, all of the memories just keep popping up. I know it sounds super cliche, but, this year was by far the biggest year of my life. I was able to do so much with the website this year… I’m thankful for all of the people I was able to meet and develop relationships with. To all of the people that also supported me, shared a post, referred someone to interview, took photos for my interviews (shoutout Sammy/Brandon)… from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU. Because of you guys, I was able to accomplish two major goals on the website this year. A year ago I finished the year doing 70 interviews, I knew I wanted to top that going into 2017. I decided on a goal of hitting 100 interviews. On Chicago Creatives alone, I was able to publish 145 interviews. WOW. On top of that, I started an Interview A Day Project from November 1st – EOY. I accomplished that goal as well. 61 interviews. With that, it only made sense to recap my top 5 favorite interviews of the year. Once again, thank you guys for all of the support! 2018, year three, here I come. 


 

1. Jason Peterson

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Man… There’s so much to say about this one. I’m very thankful for Jason. If you know me, or have followed me over the years, then you know just how bad I wanted to interview Jason and work @ Havas. For years, my strategy was to interview a ton of people @ Havas so there could be a slight chance for him to see the work I was doing. Jason is by far one of my biggest inspirations and I hope to be able to impact culture the way he has. Thank you for giving me a chance, Jason, I can’t thank you enough. 


2) Elise Swopes

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Back in 2015 when I first started the website, one of my first ever interviews was with Swopes. Crazy to think about. I definitely did not deserve that interview that early. Unfortunately, it was through email. However, crazy how things work out because, fast forward a year and a half later, I received an email to come to Edelman’s office to meet her and interview her for the recent campaign she did for Kellogg’s new Cinnamon Frosted Flakes. Very cool experience, plus, I got to meet Tony The Tiger. Haha. How can that not be one of my favorite interviews?


3) Craig Hensel

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Craig Hensel is the fucking man. Finally got the chance to interview him earlier this year. Throughout the year Craig has also been a constant support, sharing articles and putting me on to interview new people. I’m thankful for a friendship like that. 


4) Des Money

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DES MONEYYYYYY. Des is such a humble dude and dropped so many gems in our interview. I’ve always been a fan of Des and his creative endeavors, so it was good to finally be able to talk with him. I even got to interview him again for a Podcast and it was hella fun. Thanks, Des!


5) Kevin Coval

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Kevin Coval, the icon. I had been wanting to interview Kevin for so long. Tried a few times, nothing, nothing, then all of a sudden February this year I got the chance to finally meet him. We had a great talk. There’s just this energy you get from meeting and talking with Kevin. It’s hard to explain. Following our interview, for like the next month I just kept running into him everywhere. If you haven’t picked up his book, go ahead and pick it up here. I hope to one day impact my city the way Kevin has. 


 

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Nico is the owner of Chicago Creatives. Nico looks to represent Chicago's artistic culture. For more readings, check out ChicagoCreatives.Co
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