13th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge

Sunday, March 03, 2013


Think you're fun? Take the test and join us on Sunday, March 3! Last year more than 2,000 spirited people participated at this unique and memorable event! Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome to attend!

If you have plunged before, we thank you for your loyalty!  This year we are asking all past participants to help us with recruitment to make this the most successful Plunge to date!  Our goal is to raise $1,000,000 and we know with your help we can do it! 

Each participant is required to raise a minimum of $150 to support the programs enjoyed by our nearly 5,000 Special Olympics Chicago athletes throughout the year. Plungers will receive a souvenir t-shirt and a warm towel when exiting the water! Participants younger than 16 years have to have parent or guardian sign event waiver.

Plungers will enter the water in groups of approximately 30 people. You will be able to select your preferred wave start time: 10:30am - 11:00am - 11:30am


You can pick up your t-shirt and wristband at the North Avenue Beach boat house on the following dates.  People can still register during this time well:

Friday, March 1 and Saturday, March 2 from 11am-2pm and Sunday, March 3 from 8:30am to 10:00am.



There is no parking available at North Avenue Beach. You can be dropped off in the circle drive at North Avenue and Lake Shore Drive.  Free parking is available at Lincoln Park Zoo accessed at Fullerton and Cannon.  Park at the south end and cross over the bridge at Lake Shore Drive.  When exiting the parking lot mention that you participated at the Chicago Polar Plunge and your parking fee will be waived.


Prizes will be awarded for:

* Top 3 individual fundraiser

* Team raising the most funds

* Best team costume (announced on our Facebook page following the event)

* Top 3 individual costumes (announced on our Facebook page following the event)

*  Largest team

We are excited to let you know that in addition to the souvenir t-shirt and towel you will receive this weekend, all Plungers raising $500 by April 1 will receive: 

(4) tickets to a Chicago White Sox game

Horseracing Party Package for Four at Hawthorne Race Course including a $100 gift certificate for food & beverage

Souvenir Chicago Polar Plunge fleece scarf