Polar Plunge

The Polar Plunge at Northwestern's North Beach raised $200,000 for the Special Olympics. (Credit: Nancy Harty)

‘Super Plungers’ Jump In The Lake To Raise Money For Special Olympics

If you tell one group of people to “jump in the lake,” they’re going to do it.

02/21/2015

Participants taking part in a "Polar Plunge" at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Des Plaines City Council Dumps Cold Water On Mayor’s Penguin Plunge Plans

Plans by the mayor of Des Plaines to hold a Polar Plunge event for charity have been shot down by a majority of aldermen, led by one who said jumping into icy water is irresponsible and dangerous, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

02/18/2015

Jimmy Fallon, Israel Idonije, Brian Bannon and Mike Kelly participate in the Polar Plunge

Polar Plunge Hoping To Break Last Year’s Record

Last year, thousands of people jumped into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan at North Avenue beach, along with comedian Jimmy Fallon and Mayor Rahm Emanuel. It was a social media challenge that boosted registration for this year’s Polar Plunge.

02/06/2015

Participants taking part in a "Polar Plunge" at North Avenue Beach. (Credit: Mike Krauser)

Polar Plunge Raises Money For Family Of Suburban Man With ALS

About 300 people took a cold dip in Lake Michigan at North Avenue Beach Saturday after chipping away at the shelf ice to be able to get into the water, reports WBBM’s Mike Krauser.

01/24/2015

Participants in the Jan. 1 polar plunge at North Avenue Beach call it "Freezin' for a Reason" because they were raising money for a greyhound rescue group. (Mike Krauser/WBBM)

Polar Plungers Say They Are ‘Freezin’ For A Reason’

Whether it’s the lingering effects of last night’s celebrations or a baptism of sorts to start off the new year – or a fundraiser – dozens gathered at North Avenue Beach as the new year dawned.

01/01/2015

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