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Take the Polar Plunge in Chicago: March 1, 2015

Participate in the 15th Annual Polar Plunge in Chicago
March 1, 2015

The ice bucket challenge may have shocked the system for a great cause, but it wasn't the first event to combine freezing water and fundraising. For the past 15 years, people have come from all over for the free, adrenaline-pumping Polar Plunge. If you ever so much as dipped your toes in Lake Michigan during the colder months, you're shuddering at the thought. But 3,000+ fundraisers assemble at North Avenue Beach. Each participant is backed by friends, family and coworkers to raises a minimum of $175. The funds support Special Olympics Chicago. Last year, Late Night host Jimmy Fallon came out to take a dip. Who knows which big-name celebrities will make a splash this year?

It may be a little wild, but why not get wet in the name of charity? It's not easy to hurdle into Lake Michigan in March, but it's an exhilarating experience that will leave you feeling refreshed and rejuvenated. That is, once you dry off and get warm again. The intrepid polar plungers will receive a souvenir long-sleeve t-shirt and a warm towel after three sets of swimmers, at 10:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. There's no registration fee - just the guts of doing it and the glory of making a difference. Some will come out in costumes, others will come out in not very much at all.

After the Polar Plunge, celebrate at the Melt Down Party until 2 p.m. Taking place under much appreciated heated tents, everyone will come together for free food, music, and cash-bar drinks. With free photo downloads, you can prove to the people at home that you actually did it. Learn how to set up your fundraising page and register at http://sochicago.org/events/15th-annual-chicago-polar-plunge/.
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