Hundreds took the plunge Saturday morning in icy waters for the annual Polar Plunge, benefiting the Illinois Special Olympics.
Just after Moon in Moorman Park, individuals who raised a hundred or more dollars charged into the ice cold water.
Organizers said they're aiming to raise around $30,000 so athletes like James Foster can compete.
Foster said when it was all over, they went for hot drinks.
"Today we're doing the polar plunge, you know cold outside, we'll drink coffee, hot chocolate, I'll have coffee, [and] soup," said Foster.
"[The money is for] the programming, it goes to the athletes for equipment, for facility rentals, anything the athletes need to participate," said Rob Queenan with the Illinois Special Olympics.
WGEM's Alexandra Carter also participated in the event.