Feeling brave? Feeling generous?
You can do a whole lot of good by raising money for Special Olympics Chicago, and all you have to do is jump into Lake Michigan.
Registration opens Wednesday for the 17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge. "Plungers," as they're called, are asked to raise a minimum of $200 to support the programs enjoyed by nearly 5,000 Special Olympics athletes throughout the year.
The event kicks off at Castaways on North Avenue Beach at 1603 N. Lakeshore Dr. at 10 a.m. for the first wave of plungers. Plungers continue in waves at 10:30, 11:00, and 11:30 a.m.
Everyone who takes the plunge will receive a souvenir T-shirt – and a warm towel – upon exiting the water.
Prizes will be awarded for the top overall fundraisers, for the largest team, for the team raising the most funds, for the best team costume, and for the best three individual costumes.
Then prepare yourself for the plunge.