Chicago Polar Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics Chicago

Kevin Magnuson, President - SCC/Special Olympics Chicago

Illinois Local

“The coolest event in the city, the 17th annual Chicago Polar Plunge, returns to North Avenue Beach, Sunday, March 5, with more than 5,000 plungers expected to dive into the icy waters of Lake Michigan for the 6800 athletes of the Special Olympics Chicago program. The Chicago Polar Plunge has become a nationally recognized and “must-attend” event, attracting the participation through the years of city of Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel, “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, actor Vince Vaughn, musician and artist Lady Gaga, the casts of Chicago Fire, Chicago PD, and Chicago Med, The TODAY Show personalities Al Roker, Tamron Hall and Dylan Dreyer.

And this year will be no exception, with celebrity plungers expected to be announced in the coming weeks. Now is the time to register for the Chicago Polar Plunge, by visiting

The Chicago Polar Plunge is the largest fundraiser of the year for Special Olympics Chicago, which provides activities, events, and training to athletes throughout the year. Funds raised helps to support our athletes by providing sports equipment, transportation to events and competitions, medals, uniforms, and much more.”

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