Isak Perlmann had polio as a child. He has been paralyzed for his entire career. Teddy Pedergrass was already a popular singer, but coming back as a quad as a popular singer was not easy. I also have a client who played in a rock band locally that was very popular for a number of years locally who had a C7 injury. He was a singer and played the harmonica.

There are many others. I am sorry Todd is so negative....(not realistic, defeatist).

Why do you have to stay in Chicago? From what you say about your mother, some distance would be to your advantage. Are you going to school or have a job that keeps you there? If not, move far away. Even in the suburbs you will find much more accessible housing (and probably cheaper) than you will right in the city.