Lake Effect is a celebration of the people and culture of Chicago’s South Side.
For many, the South Side represents a place of violence, poverty, struggle, unrest. In the media we hear stories of warring gangs and gun violence, drugs, and troubled youth. These are easy stories to tell. Easy stories to sell.
But to speak only of the difficulties is to misrepresent the greater experience and culture of this city apart.
Beyond the sensationalism exists a community of extraordinary people and Lake Effect is the platform for sharing their stories.