The 16th annual Polar Plunge benefits Special Olympics

Want your kids to really see you as a superhero? Take one big (icy) step toward that goal by joining the 16th annual Chicago Polar Plunge at North Avenue beach March 6.

If you go

Polar Plunge

10 a.m. March 6

Past celeb participants have included Lady Gaga, Jimmy Fallon, Vince Vaughn and the casts of Chicago P.D. and Chicago Fire. (Sure, you’ll freeze, but you’ll be in rather amazing company! Besides, going waist-high isn’t all that impossible, is it?)

Last year’s event saw a crowd of 4,500 participants and raised more than $1.2 million to support the events and activities of Chicago’s 5,000 Special Olympians. Special Olympics Chicago, the biggest one in the state of Illinois, includes programming in more than 100 Chicago public schools and 23 parks in the Chicago Park District.

Ice-immune folks are able to register to join the plunge individually or as a team. Fundraising pages are provided.

Every Polar Plunger will receive free parking at the Lincoln Park Zoo, bus transportation for your group of 20 or above (bring your fellow superheroes with you!), a souvenir T-shirt, free photo downloads and free food and admission to the “Melt Down Party.”

It’s an incredibly easy way to be the “cool” parent in front of your kiddos; we’ll just keep it between us that your version of a superhero’s cape is a complimentary warmed-up towel after the big dip.

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