CHICAGO (CBS) — About 50 hearty souls started the first day of the New Year with a plunge into the frigid water of Lake Michigan.
WBBM Newsradio’s Mike Krauser reports the air temperature was a bitter 18 degrees, and the water wasn’t much better at 37 degrees – nice day for a swim at North Avenue Beach, right? That’s what the dozens of people taking the Polar Plunge thought.
There’s a good reason for doing it, too.
“We do it for the Illinois Koala Bears,” said Brian “Big Cat” MaDougall, who started the tradition 13 years ago.