Thousands Set to Take the Polar Plunge in Chicago Sunday - NBC Chicago

Thousands Set to Take the Polar Plunge in Chicago Sunday

Over $1.3 million has already been raised in preparation for the event



    Chicago Polar Plunge Kick Off

    As if it wasn't cold enough Sunday, more than 4,000 people were expected to dip into Lake Michigan for Chicago's Polar Plunge. NBC 5's Kate Chappell has the details.

    (Published Sunday, March 3, 2019)

    More than three thousand people will be freezin’ for a reason this weekend as the 19th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge takes place on the shores of Lake Michigan.

    The event, which benefits Special Olympics Chicago, will feature thousands of residents jumping into the frigid waters for a good cause.

    The money raised from the event goes to all of the items that the Special Olympics organization needs for its athletes, including transportation, medals, sports equipment, and trips for the more than 7,500 area athletes that participate in the program.

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    Online registration for the Polar Plunge has closed, but if you still want in on the action, you can head to North Avenue Beach and register in-person. The tent is open until 7 p.m. on Friday, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, and on Sunday morning from 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

    Make a donation to Special Olympics Chicago on the NBC 5-Telemundo Chicago page.

    In order to participate, polar plungers are being asked to donate at least $200, but teams have already raised thousands of dollars for the event.

    According to organizers, more than $1.3 million has already been raised for the event, and the group’s goal of $2 million appears to be in reach as the event approaches.

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