Sunday morning, thousands of Chicagoans gathered at North Avenue Beach for the Polar Plunge. I couldn’t resist making the scene. I had to see the polar plungers, the people bold and crazy enough to submerge themselves in Lake Michigan’s wintry waters.
The air temperature was about 10 degrees.
Hurrying toward the event, I took a picture of the distant scene, where a crowd of several thousand was already forming. Some 3,000 people were going in. A glance told me I would be too late to see celebrity plunger Jimmy Fallon, or Mayor Emanuel, who’d egged him on.
The approach to the plunge was lined with tents, costume vendors, coffee vendors, emergency vehicles, and families and friends lined up to watch their loved ones go in.