It’s time to name the Polar Bear, and we need your help!

The polar bear has been the mascot for the Chicago Polar Plunge for past decade. You may have seen them at the Plunge, on our shirts, or even around town taking photos and giving high fives! As we prepare for our #20thAnniBRRsary on March 1, we think it’s a good time to finally give the bear a name, so we’re holding a contest.

The #NameTheChiPolarBear contest will begin Tuesday, December 3. We will be accepting submissions through Monday, December 9. The bear will pick their four favorites and you’ll be able to vote on those Tuesday, December 10 through Monday, December 16. Chicagoans near and far are invited to submit suggestions here or on our social media pages with the hashtag #NameTheChiPolarBear!

The individual who submits the winning name will be awarded a commemorative t-shirt, a $100 Amazon gift card, and have a VIP – “Very Important Plunger” – experience at the 2020 Chicago Plunge presented by Jackson, with access to the VIP area with private changing rooms and bathrooms. They will also officially kick-off the start of the Plunge by leading the Shannon Rovers into the icy waters of Lake Michigan!

Special Olympics Chicago will announce the winning name for the Polar Bear mascot on Wednesday, December 18.

The 2020 Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at North Avenue Beach. Registration is now open!

The 2020 Chicago Polar Plunge presented by Jackson will take place on Sunday, March 1, 2020 at North Avenue Beach. Registration is now open!