Celebrities Take the Polar Plunge in Chicago for Special Olympics | NBC Chicago

Celebrities Take the Polar Plunge in Chicago for Special Olympics

Last year, “Chicago Fire” star Taylor Kinney, his now-fiancé Lady Gaga, and actor Vince Vaughn joined more than 4,500 Chicagoans in the icy dip

    processing...

    NEWSLETTERS

    Lady Gaga and and fiancé Taylor Kinney made a splash at the Polar Plunge Sunday, along with hundreds of others jumping in for Special Olympics Chicago. NBC 5's Regina Waldroup has the latest from North Avenue Beach (Published Sunday, March 6, 2016)

    Hundreds of people jumped into Lake Michigan for the 2016 Polar Plunge on Sunday, including several celebrities who braved the chilly waters.

    Actors from the hit NBC shows “Chicago Fire,” “Chicago PD,” and “Chicago Med” took the plunge Sunday morning at North Avenue Beach. Meteorologists Al Roker and Dylan Dreyer from the TODAY Show also flew into Chicago to take part.

    “Chicago Fire” star Taylor Kinney and his fiancée Lady Gaga joined in on the fun for the second year in a row, even repeating a piggyback exit from the water. 

    Last year, Kinney and Gaga were joined by actor Vince Vaughn and more than 4,500 Chicagoans in the icy dip into Lake Michigan. While Vaughn was the guest of honor at the event, Lady Gaga's appearance was a surprise.

    Plungers raised more than $1 million dollars in 2015, which supports athletes involved in Special Olympics Chicago. NBC is a proud sponsor of this year's Polar Plunge. Donations can also be made online.

    The 16th annual Polar Plunge began at 10 a.m. Sunday for the first wave, then continued at 10:30 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and 11:30 a.m.

    Get the latest from NBC Chicago anywhere, anytime

    • Download the App

      Available for IOS and Android