Members of the Evanston Police Department and their supporters re-enacted a long-standing annual tradition this afternoon — the polar plunge.

Making the dash into the water. (Mike Perlman photo)

In the seasonal bit of seeming insanity, participants persuade their friends to donate money to the Special Olympics if they’ll take a dip in Lake Michigan off Northwestern University’s North Beach.

Drying off after a plunge. (Kate Springer photo)

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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