Polar Plunge

Jimmy Fallon, Israel Idonije, Brian Bannon and Mike Kelly participate in the Polar Plunge. (Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago )

Chicago Polar Plunge Raises More Than $1M

Organizers credit the extra excitement to a challenge by Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel to “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon. Both Fallon and Emanuel made the plunge, attracting attention to the event.

03/12/2014

Mayor Rahm Emanuel participates in the Polar Plunge. (Credit: Brooke Collins // City of Chicago )

Jimmy Fallon, Mayor Emanuel Take Polar Plunge In Lake Michigan

A record number of people – including a few celebrities – turned out at North Avenue Beach for the Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics.

03/02/2014

These are the conditions Mayor Rahm Emanuel, "Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon, and thousands of other volunteers have in store for them on Sunday when they take part in the annual Polar Plunge to benefit the Special Olympics. (Credit: CBS)

Emanuel Ready To ‘Take A Whoopin’’ In Sunday’s Polar Plunge

Mayor Rahm Emanuel said Friday he’ll know better than to bet against Chicago’s kids, after he ended up having to eat his words when he challenged them to read 2 million books last summer.

WBBM Newsradio–02/28/2014

Jimmy Fallon (Jamie McCarthy/Getty Images)

Jimmy Fallon To Join Mayor Emanuel For Polar Plunge

Organizers of the Chicago Special Olympics say they are absolutely thrilled that Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon has accepted Mayor Emanuel’s dare to take the Polar Plunge to benefit the big athletic program.

02/24/2014

About 30 people jumped in Lake Michigan to raise money for charity. (Credit: CBS)

Brave Souls Celebrate New Year With Polar Plunge Into Lake Michigan

Some said they do it for personal reasons. For others, a dip in icy waters of Lake Michigan is an excruciating New Years Day tradition to raise money.

01/01/2014

Lake Michigan shoreline in winter

Kids Get Mayor Emanuel To Jump In A Lake (For Charity)

Thousands of Chicago students essentially told Mayor Rahm Emanuel to go jump in a lake — a very cold lake, to boot — when they hit the books this summer.

08/29/2013

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Mayor, Former Bear Issue Reading Challenge To Kids

Mayor Rahm Emanuel and former Bears lineman Israel Idonije have told children participating in the city’s summer reading program that they’ll jump into Lake Michigan for next winter’s Polar Plunge if the kids can read 2 million books this summer

07/03/2013

Swimmers take the Polar Plunge in Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach on New Year's Day 2013. (Credit: CBS)

Gutsy Revelers Take Polar Plunge To Celebrate New Year

About 50 hearty souls started the first day of the New Year with a plunge into the frigid water of Lake Michigan.

CBS Chicago–01/01/2013

About 1,800 people went into the frigid water of Lake Michigan on March 4, 2012, in a Polar Plunge for the Special Olympics. (Credit: CBS)

Hundreds Take Polar Plunge To Benefit Special Olympics

More than 1,800 people plunged into the lake – at least part-way – at North Avenue Beach on Sunday to benefit Special Olympics.

CBS Chicago–03/04/2012

A swimmer for American Greyhound grabs a towel after taking a dip in Lake Michigan on New Year's Day in a Polar Plunge to raise awareness of efforts to find homes for retired greyhound racing dogs. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

Register For The Chicago Polar Plunge

The 12th annual Polar Plunge will take place at North Ave. Beach on Sunday, March 4 at 10 am.

670 The Score–02/22/2012

A swimmer for American Greyhound grabs a towel after taking a dip in Lake Michigan on New Year's Day in a Polar Plunge to raise awareness of efforts to find homes for retired greyhound racing dogs. (Credit: Steve Miller, WBBM)

Dozens Take Polar Plunge For Charity

Several dozen people celebrated New Year’s Day on Sunday by taking a dip in Lake Michigan to help raise money for charity.

01/02/2012