Chicago Polar Plunge 2017

CHICAGO LOSING ITS SHINE? NOT ACCORDING TO NEIGHBORS PARTICIPATING IN THE POLAR PLUNGE.

By Barbara Laken and Annie Alexander

In recent months, negative reporting about Chicago has become an almost everyday event, causing at least one local media outlet to launch a special report asking, “Has Chicago Lost Its Shine?” This is an understandable question, if we base our understanding of our own life experience here on negative media posts alone. But, as yesterday’s record turnout for the annual Polar Plunge clearly illustrates, the Chicago we know and love is equally defined by generous, supportive neighbors and friends, 6,000 of whom were willing to jump into the frigid waters of Lake Michigan, in support of Special Olympics Chicago.

Below are pictures from yesterday’s event that clearly illustrate that other Chicago story; the one that doesn’t get told often enough. It’s the story of neighbors joining neighbors to achieve something positive, and a caring community of kindness and support and that can be found in every neighborhood of our city.

CHICAGO’S POLAR PLUNGE

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017 - Kiki and Nicole

Mother and daughter team Kiki and Nicole waiting to take the plunge, and dressed for success.

 

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017 - Mike Erich and Steven Saunter

Chicago super hero’s Mike Erich and Steve Saunter powering up for an icy dive.

 

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017 - Justin the Giraffe

Justin the Giraffe and friends raising money for Special Olympics Chicago.

 

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017 - Tom Fegan

Tom Fegan of Canaryville at North Avenue beach early Sunday morning, supporting Special Olympic athletes (and St. Patricks Day).

 

Chicago Polar Plunge 2017 - Angie Wozniak & Myra Nimchaiyong

Angie Wozniak, Myra Nimchaiyong and a friend pay homage to Marge Simpson while preparing for the plunge.

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