Photographer hopes Polar Vortex portrait will draw attention to Chicago's homeless

CHICAGO (WLS) -- A Chicago photographer is hoping a striking image he captured during last week's Polar Vortex will help draw attention to the plight of the homeless during the city's brutal winter months.

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Michael Calabro took his portrait of a homeless man named George last Thursday, when the windchill in Chicago reached -39 degrees.

The photo shows George's face covered in frostbite and icicles coating his beard. Even though he is smiling in the portrait, George told Calabro "I'm in a lot of pain."

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Temperatures are expected to fall dangerously low Tuesday through Friday, with wind chill advisories and wind chill warnings in effect.



"I met George a few years ago when his face was blackened from frostbite. I expect his face to get worse in the next few days once the frozen skin dies and starts to slough off," Calabro said in an email to ABC 7 Chicago.

The Chicago Coalition for the Homeless estimates that there are 80,000 others like George.

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If you are homeless or know of some who is and wants shelter, call Chicago City Services at "311" or (312) 744-5000.

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