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.
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 plunge is a charitable event whose proceeds benefit the Special Olympics.
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As of March 6, over $976,000 has been raised, and some $24,000 is still needed. Click here to donate. On last reading, a “swimmyfallon” shirt could be had for donating just $20.