Swimmers take polar plunge

March 4, 2012 8:17:11 PM PST
Nothing like a cool dip in Lake Michigan to get the blood flowing.

Hundreds of people braved the icy water for the 12th annual Chicago Polar Plunge.

Some chose to wear costumes as they took the leap into the lake.

They were enduring the chill for a worthy cause. Money raised benefits the Special Olympics of Chicago.

Organizers say there were some 2,500 jumpers who raised close to $500,000.