Mark your calendars as the coolest event of the New Year returns to North Avenue Beach: Polar Plunge.
The 16th annual Chicago Polar Plunge, benefiting Special Olympics Chicago, gives fearless weather warriors the opportunity to dip their toes in the icy waters of Lake Michigan to benefit more than 5,000 athletes who compete in the Special Olympics programs.
Our very own CEO, Tim O’Malley, is plunging this year—his first time—and we couldn’t be more proud. An avid supporter of Special Olympics Chicago, O’Malley has sat on their board for over 20 years and continues to support the organization through his charity, One for the Kids.
If you’re able, please help support his jump. Donations may be made on his fundraising page.
Last year’s plungers raised over $1.2 million and attracted a record-breaking 4,500 participants. In the past several years, The Chicago Polar Plunge has become one of the must-attend events of the year, with the participation of celebrities such as “The Tonight Show” host Jimmy Fallon, actor Vince Vaughn, musician Lady Gaga, and the casts of “Chicago Fire” and “Chicago PD.” Funds raised from the Chicago Polar Plunge helps to support the activities and events enjoyed year-round by the hard-working, dedicated athletes of Special Olympics Chicago.
The fun will kick off Sunday, March 6 at 10 a.m. when the first plungers enter the water. Interested in dipping your own toes in the water for a great cause? Registration is available by visiting chicagopolarplunge.com.