17th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge
$1,500,000 Goal
35% of Goal
$529,931 Raised

Make the #PolarPromise and prepare to #MakeASplash for Special Olympics Chicago

Get ready for the 17th ANNUAL POLAR PLUNGE, a unique event which benefits Special Olympics Chicago and the programs it delivers to 6,800 athletes throughout the year! Last year, more then 5,000 people jumped in Lake Michigan to support these amazing athletes and 2017 spots will be filling fast! Whether you go knee high, waist high or take the full plunge, all are welcome!

There is NO registration fee* to participate but we do require all Plunge participants to fundraise a minimum of $200.00.

All Plungers will receive the following as a thank you for your fundraising efforts:

free parking free souvenirs free photo downloads complimentary food
Free parking at Lincoln Park Zoo or FREE BUS for teams of 20 Souvenir t-shirt and warm towel when exiting the water Free photo downloads Complimentary food at our post-plunge "Melt Down Party"

2016 Chicago Polar Plunge from SCC/Special Olympics Chicago on Vimeo.

On behalf of our 6,800  athletes and their families, thank you for making a lasting difference.

Thanks to our partners!

Special Children's CharitiesChicago Park DistrictChicago Public Schools

We appreciate your support!

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Top Fundraisers

Matt Panszczyk$10,700.00
KetchOurPlunge$7,075.00
Joe Mahoney (MJ Electric)$6,200.00
Brian DeVries$4,345.00
Team Tommy Nee$4,115.00
Gunnar's Guppies$3,950.00
Jim Piko$3,100.00
David Graham$2,475.00
Betsy P$2,362.25
Michael Mintle$2,285.00

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