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Truth: This town has never been short on successful creative thinkers, movers, and shakers. In fact, the city is just as known for local talent as it is for sub-zero winters. From Mike Ditka to Dwayne Wade, and from Patti Smith to Lupe Fiasco, Chicago has always been home to those who know how to break the mold and make a lasting impression. And we think our latest list of rising stars is no exception. In fact, we're pretty darn floored by the professional prowess of the 30 Chicagoans you're about to meet...and you're likely to see a lot from these folks in years to come since they're all just shy of the big 3-0. From our hottest new soccer star to our brightest public relations maven, click through to see who's making big waves in Chicago proper.
Written by April Francis