Brr! Dozens Take Polar Plunge

Adventurous take annual New Year's Day dip into Lake Michigan.

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Hundreds flocked to North Ave. Beach, braving single-digit air temperatures, for an annual New Year's Day dip into Lake Michigan.
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Some had to watch others jump in first, seemingly unsure of what they were about to get themselves into.
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There's something unsettling about seeing half-naked people standing on a snowbank.
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The air temperature was about 8 degrees. The water temperature was about 33.
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Steam rises off post-plunge bodies.
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Rusty (R) brought his cousins from Indiana. Brittany (L) was supposed to take a dip but decided against it.
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Getting into the lake was easier than getting out.
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A little help here, please?
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This Edgewater father has taken the plunge once before. This year he brought his kids.
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"It's like being baptized," said Lynn from Ohio, who was taking the plunge for the third time.
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The extreme cold is a shock to the body, and legs may not work how you expect them to.
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Asked about strategies, the answers were brief and simple: "Quick." "Go!" "In and out."
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She almost makes it look easy.
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Matt from Chicago (L) had friends from all over the country join him for the annual ritual.
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Heading home... to warmth.
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