Brace the Bitter Waters of Lake Michigan for The Chicago Polar Bear Plunge

Polar Bear Chicago
Photo Credit: Polar Bear Chicago Instagram

Chicago’s annual Polar Plunge is here!

On January 25, at 12 pm, located at the Oak Street Beach, Get ready for Chicago’s Polar Bear Plunge hosted by the Chicago Polar Bear Club. What started as three plungers, now has flourished to over 2,000 participants within the last few years. Since 2001, the club brings together people of all kinds to partake on the daring challenge of diving into the wintry Lake Michigan for a wonderful cause. All proceeds this year goes to benefiting 3 real families of Chicago. Previous raisings have been over $270,000, the amount continuing to rise each year the polar plunge persists.

Registration for the plunge is $30 per person. Volunteers who create their own fundraiser page and raise $100 or more will receive a free CPBC T-shirt. For further information, visit their fundraiser page.  At any time, you can also donate directly to the Chicago Polar Bear Club, whether you decide to take the dive or not.

Chicago Polar Bear Club
Chicago Polar Bear Club Instagram

Here’s what all to expect:

  • Be sure to arrive early to check in and receive your “thank you” giveaway reward, located at the registration tent. While you’re there, take a look at CPBC’s T-shirts, hoodies, and hats on sale.
  • The plunge starts right at 12 pm, so be on time. All plungers will take the dive together, so keep you’re ears and eyes open for the final announcement.
  • All plungers must wear shoes!
  • Bring a pair of warm clothing. Bathrobes are welcomed.
  • Costumes are highly encouraged. So dress-up for the chance to win their costume contest.
  • Make sure to enjoy the afterparty at Moe’s Cantina River North from 1:30 – 4:30 pm! You’ll need to grab tickets for both, so make sure to choose the bundle package when you register.

Saturday is expected to be a very chilly day, so grab friends and family to join with you for daring support and embrace the chilly challenge for a heartwarming cause.



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Featured Image Credit: Chicago Polar Bear Plunge