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About Us

About Ek Automotive


Ek Auto Repair is a family owned and operated full auto repair facility. With over 70 years of combined auto repair experience and warranties on all our work, you can rest assured that your vehicle will be fixed to factory standards. Even more, as art enthusiasts we believe in a fun and unique experience for all. Our motto “Where Auto Meets Art” exemplifies the one of a kind experience that is Ek Automotive. Step inside and see for yourself!


Ek Automotive opened the doors for the first time on October 1, 1991. Our first customer was a man named Martin Rumelshek who came to us to repair a transmission leak. Martin was kind enough to sign a dollar bill that we still have framed and hanging in the shop. Ek Auto started as a one-man operation that quickly grew into the unique entity that it is today. Dedicated to the community that helped build this dream, Ek Automotive has no intention of moving. From our various displays of art to our superb mechanics, what sets us apart the most is the genuine connection we have with our customers. It is our goal to create a fun and inviting experience for our customers and give back to the community that has served us so well.

Steve Ek, Ek Automotive, full service auto repair facility in Chicago IL

Steve Ek

Owner and Visionary
Steve is certified by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence, with over 26 years experience in the field. He is a graduate of Triton College in Automotive Repair in addition to his continuos education in numerous advanced automotive training and technical schools. Steve holds A1, A4, A5, A6, A7, and A8 ASE Certifications. Now for the fun stuff…

What’s the craziest thing you have done? Jump off a cliff
What’s your “motto”? The world is my playground
What is your hidden talent? Nothing is hidden, just take a look at my shop!
Mike Morrison, Ek Automotive, full service auto repair facility in Chicago IL

Mike Morrison

Our Trusted Service Writer
Mike is there to ensure you get the best service you available! Joining our team in May of ’09 Mike has become not only a friendly fixture in our shop, but an essential part of the Ek family.

What is a random fact about you? I’m a certified pyro
What is your idea of a fun time? Shooting Fireworks
Ok, we get it, you like fire. Anything else you’d like to share? In all seriousness, I love my profession because I love helping people. I love being there for people in their time of need and I love using my skills to repair their automotive problems.
John Vega, Ek Automotive, full service auto repair facility in Chicago IL

John Vega

Auto Repair Technician
Born and raised in the Philippines, John oved to America in 1990. After coming to America, John enrolled in Lincoln Tech, where he would begin his journey in the automotive industry. John has since earned his ASE certification as well as Ford, GM, and Midas certifications.

What is your nickname? JoJo
What is your favorite hobby? Billiards
What would you sing at karaoke night? Hotel California
Chris Trischan, Ek Automotive, full service auto repair facility in Chicago IL

Chris Trischan

Auto Repair Technician
A Chicago native, Chris loved cars from an early age. Chris attended UTI Automotive Training, receiving Ford factory training during his time there. Continuing his education at Wright College, he has since earned ASE certifications, MAP, Illinois Air Team certification, and both Bridgestone and Midas certifications.

What is your favorite song? ‘Let it Go’ from Frozen
If you had one super power what would it be? The ability to talk to animals
What is your favorite food? Sprinkle cookies

Regan Troutman

Head of Digital Marketing and Web Development
Regan discovered her passion for digital marketing after volunteering for local campaigns. “Marketing allows me to be creative and analytical at the same time,” she says, “seeing tangible results is exciting and incredibly rewarding.”

What is your favorite vacation spot? Hawaii
What is your hidden talent? I can make pretty cool balloon animals
What Google hack do you love? To quickly find synonyms use ~

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