This is my invitation to a British chap named Little Andy,
One dip into this 35 degree lake, and youíll feel dandy!
This event takes place every year in Chicago,
Now matter how hard the Arctic wind blows.
Here are the details:
New Yearís Day Swim
What: Polar Bear Swim in Lake Michigan on New Year's Day When: New Year's Day at Noon Where: North Avenue Beach, near the boat house
How Much $: FREE!
Why: Carpe Diem!
Ring in the New Year with a splash and set an adventurous tone for the upcoming year.
Polar Bears meet at NorthAvenueBeach near the north end of the beach house at .
Wear your swimsuit under your warm clothing. We'll all disrobe together; then we'll run into the water together; get wet; run back out; and get dressed VERY quickly.
You'll be extremely cold for about 5 minutes total, probably spending less than 30 seconds actually in the water, unless you really want more!
1. Swimsuits only, no nudity (it's a family event) and no wetsuits (that's cheating). 2. Swimmers must go all the way under the water before coming out to be Ďofficial.í 3. No whining!
Once youíre dressed, you can head home to your cozy warm shower. (No warm showers available at the boat house.)
Fine Print: While some participants or spectators are medical professionals, there is no official medical support on site. Participate only if you are willing and able. Like anything, there is probably some risk, so if you have medical considerations please check with your doctor before participating.
No need to sign up, just show up at on New Year's Day.
Lake Michigan Facts
Lake Michigan, the second largest GreatLake by volume, with just under 1,180 cubic miles of water, is the only GreatLake entirely within the United States.
Approximately 118 miles wide and 307 miles long, Lake Michigan has more than 1,600 miles of shoreline.
Averaging 279 feet in depth, the lake reaches 925 feet at its deepest point.
The lake's northern tier is in the colder, less developed upper Great Lakes region, while its more temperate southern basin contains the Milwaukee and Chicago metropolitan areas.
The drainage basin, approximately twice as large as the 22,300 square miles of surface water, includes portions of Illinois, Indiana, Michigan and Wisconsin.
Water Temperature ranges from 67-68 Degrees in July to a balmy 34-35 Degrees in January.
Andy, hope to see you on New Yearís Day!
And Anyone Else Who Wants to Take The Plunge!
I really canít stay (Baby, itís cold outside) Iíve got to go Ďway (Baby, itís cold outside) The evening has been (Iíve been hopiní that youíd drop in) So very nice (Iíll hold your hand, theyíre just like ice)
No shot of whiskey as you emerge from the water? ($1.00 each)
No hot chocolate stands for the chilled spectators? ($.50 a mug)
Not even a helpful vendor with a traveling oven to keep clothes warm? ($1.00 per shirt, pants, shoes, coat... socks are warmed free) hehe
Aha!! I could make a killing on that beach! (grin) Wheeeeeee!
Thank you for the invitation... I'll stick with the sauna method... katy xox.
I see it every year... on tv;-) and every year I shiver...
you are brave Ed, but I love this info/write which you always
share so much. Though I lived near the lake at one time, i didn't
remember the statistics. thanks for the info! Happy New Year!Eileen
What's there to whinge about - it's like that UK ALL the year round!! I thought it was just mad dogs and Englishmen who did this kind of thing - oh?! It is?! Of course, Ed, it's you... that explains a lot! You rock and rule the waves, Big Guy! Don't go gettin exposure now - as you said, it is a family event...!! And, BTW - thanx but no thanx: no hard feelings, eh?! LOL Karibbean Kate xx
LOL, Ed, How could he refuse such an enticing invitation and challenge. I watch "the event" from the comfort of my living room where I am warm and dry and ponder the question...WHY??
Reviewed by Judy Lloyd (Reader)
When I was about twenty I might have joined them. Come to think of it I did fall in the River on New Year's in Richmond. I think I will observe who would feed my babies if I die of pnemonia? Sounds interesting though.