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Jimmy Fallon to take polar plunge with Chicago Mayor Emanuel

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Jimmy Fallon agreed to do the Chicago polar plunge this weekend. Following a challenge set forth by Mayor Emanuel, Jimmy Fallon will become #SwimmyFallon this Sunday.

After the two men took to challenging each other via Twitter over the last several days, on Monday Jimmy Fallon confirmed that he would join Chicago’s Mayor Rahm Emanuel in this weekend’s polar plunge.

“Okay @RahmEmanuel I'm in. Lake Michigan will have a New York fish this weekend. #SwimmyFallon

On February 19, Mayor Emanuel responded to Jimmy Fallon’s less than formal invitation to appear on The Tonight Show.

Before its debut, Fallon remarked, “All he has to do is make a phone call. He can host if he wants to. I'm scared of that guy.”

“Thx for the invite @jimmyfallon. You should toughen up for the big leagues. Do the Chicago Polar Plunge with me and I’ll join @FallonTonight” Mayor Emanuel tweeted.

The new Tonight Show host is famous for his hashtag gimmicks.

“I don't know @RahmEmanuel... How do I know this isn't a set up? Chicago - if I do this - will you have my back? #PolarPlunge,” Fallon tweeted.

After Fallon announced he would come to Chicago to do the polar plunge wearing a suit and tie, Mayor Emanuel responded, “Excited to have you @JimmyFallon! A little advice from a city that knows how to handle winter: leave the suit at home.”

“Jimmy Fallon is going to jump in the lake.” NBC Chicago reported. The bantering was all in fun and Chicago is jumping in with equal excitement. In a photo Mayor Emanuel holds up a wetsuit for Jimmy Fallon. “See I told you, the City of Big Shoulders has your back.”

The polar plunge is the annual dip in the frigid Lake Michigan waters all in which benefits the Special Olympics. The 14th Annual Chicago Polar Plunge takes place Sunday, March 2 at 10:00 AM along North Avenue Beach. To register and set up a fundraising page, visit Special Olympics Chicago Events page.

There is no word yet as to when Mayor Emanuel will appear on The Tonight Show.

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