The Chicago Polar Plunge happened again along Chicago’s lakeshore at North Avenue Beach, and there were reportedly 3,000 people there to welcome Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and television talk show host Jimmy Fallon – both of whom took the plunge at approximately 10 a.m. on Sunday, according to an ABC News report on Sunday.
The temperature was around 8 degrees along Lake Michigan, and the wind chill definitely pushed the temperature’s ‘real-feel’ down somewhere below zero. The Lake Michigan shore water's ice had to be chipped at prior to the event. According to persons involved with the preparation of the event who spoke on local radio, the ice was chipped away on Thursday – but it froze back over and had to be chipped away again before the event.
The beneficiary of the highly-publicized event is the Special Olympics Chicago.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel promised to take the plunge if Chicago children would read two million books. The kids did – and Emanuel, in spite of being a Chicago politician, kept his word.
Jimmy Fallon agreed to take the plunge if Emanuel would appear on his show.
Emanuel wore a green Chicago Public Library T-shirt and shorts for the plunge. Right after he went in the water, Fallon - wearing a suit and tie - took his turn.