I've had creating a blog on my list of rainy day projects for some time now. It's never seemed like a priority but as I sit in Chicago on a rainy day it seems like a good time to dig in.
Phenomic is a modern website generator based on the React and Webpack ecosystem.
It sounded like exactly what I was looking for without any hacking. I downloaded Phenomic and was up and running with the starter theme quickly. If you are looking for something similar give it a shot - I'm glad I did.