CHICAGO LOSING ITS SHINE? NOT ACCORDING TO NEIGHBORS PARTICIPATING IN THE POLAR PLUNGE.
By Barbara Laken and Annie Alexander
In recent months, negative reporting about Chicago has become an almost everyday event, causing at least one local media outlet to launch a special report asking, “Has Chicago Lost Its Shine?” This is an understandable question, if we base our understanding of our own life experience here on negative media posts alone. But, as yesterday’s record turnout for the annual Polar Plunge clearly illustrates, the Chicago we know and love is equally defined by generous, supportive neighbors and friends, 6,000 of whom were willing to jump into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan, in support of Special Olympics Chicago.
Below are pictures from yesterday’s event that clearly illustrate that other Chicago story; the one that doesn’t get told often enough. It’s the story of neighbors joining neighbors to achieve something positive, and a caring community of kindness and support and that can be found in every neighborhood of our city.
CHICAGO’S POLAR PLUNGE