Many residents of the south side of Chicago are familiar with an ongoing narrative about their community. You see it in headlines every day: a narrative that portrays the south side as violent, dangerous and riddled with crime, but Tonika Johnson is a lifelong Englewood resident on a mission: to change the way the south side and it's residents are perceived. Her photographs show the Englewood Tonika knows and the side that she is determined to show others. Tonika is today's Real Chicagoan.
If you want to check out Tonika's work, she has a new exhibit opening February 6th called "Everyday Englewood." It's at the Loyola University Museum of art at 820 Michigan Avenue.01/24/18 9:21AM