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The ‘Great Lake Jumper’ Just Dove Into Lake Michigan … While It Was -7 Outside

Dan O'Conor, known as the Great Lake Jumper, has been jumping into Lake Michigan every day since June 2020. His streak continued Thursday and Friday.

Dan O'Conor, the Great Lake Jumper, leapt into Lake Michigan early Friday despite the sub-zero temperatures.
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CHICAGO — The city’s famed “Great Lake Jumper” just dove into Lake Michigan — in the middle of a raging winter storm that has had it feeling as cold as 40 below zero out at times.

Dan O’Conor, known as the Great Lake Jumper, has been jumping into Lake Michigan every day since June 2020. His streak continued Thursday and Friday despite the dangerously cold, windy storm hitting Chicago this week.

O’Conor posted a video of his latest jump early Friday: It was 7 degrees below zero, it felt like it was 25 below out and the water was just 34 degrees. But he still flipped into Lake Michigan in nothing but a jacket, shorts and water shoes. He noted the jacket was a safety “float coat.”

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In the video, O’Conor says Friday’s jump was in honor of Eddie Vedder, the frontman of Pearl Jam. It’s the Evanston-born star’s 58th birthday.

O’Conor started the jumps to have fun during the pandemic and refresh himself. He thought he’d start in winter 2020 — but he continued because it was so much fun.

The Lincoln Square man posts his jumps to social media each day. He has also used the dives to drive attention to causes he cares about, such as supporting Chicago’s independent venues.

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