Vince Vaughn, Chicago Prepare to Take Polar Plunge

Actor Vince Vaughn and Chicagoans from across the city will soon take a dip into the icy waters of Lake Michigan following one of the coldest Februarys in Chicago history.

The Chicago Polar Plunge kicks offat 10 a.m. Sunday at North Avenue Beach, and air temperatures are expected to be right around 32 degrees with a chance for snow. As of Feb. 23, more than 85 percent of Lake Michigan was covered in ice, so plungers won't find any reprieve from the cold wind in the frigid waters.

Vaughn announced Saturday that he would take part in the event, which benefits Special Olympics Chicago. The "Wedding Crashers" star is a longtime Chicago Blackhawks fan and Lake Forest native. He will don a Blackhawks jersey for the plunge to show his Chicago pride.

Polar Plunge officials invited Vaughn to take the challenge via a social media campaign using the hashtag #VinnyDippin.

Last year, "The Tonight Show" host Jimmy Fallon took the plunge alongside Mayor Rahm Emanuel and raised a record $1 million for Special Olympics Chicago.

Watch Vince Vaughn take the Polar Plunge from the warm comfort of your home as NBC Chicago live streams the event at 10 a.m. Sunday. Download our mobile app for exclusive video.

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