The Chicago Sun Times published a story about them earlier this week, which includes video footage:
A day before this particular swim, it was so cold, they had to smash through a thin layer of ice to get to open water. Extreme cold never deters them -- only dangerous waves, they say.There's no open water in my neighborhood, but I can attest to the exhilaration of exposing yourself to the cold.
Oliva and Schroeder say they enjoy the uncrowded freedom they get from lake swimming.
"It's relaxing," says Schroeder, who lives in Elmhurst. "It's like a meditation thing."