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What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby? It's a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! Thousands of spectators watch over 50,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive bridge in downtown Chicago and race down river towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 10am on Thursday, August 3, 2017* at 400 North Michigan Avenue (The Wrigley Building) with entertainment for the entire family. Splashdown for the Duck Derby is at 1pm. All proceeds benefit over 22,000 athletes and more than 20,000 Young Athletes across Illinois. *tentative date

How do I adopt a duck? You can Adopt a duck for only $5. Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or Diamond Duck Pack (240 ducks for $1,000)!

*Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, be sure to select the team you want to get credit for your adoption. Click on a team member name to give credit to a specific person.

What if my duck wins? You could be the winner of one of our great prizes including a 2017 Chevy Equinox or other fabulous prizes!

How do I get involved? Sales teams are forming now. Put together a group of friends, colleagues or family members to join the fun. Teams compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team click here. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Shelley Chenoweth at or 630-942-5619.

Meet Jose - Our 2017 Duck Ambassador!

Jose got his start with Special Olympics Illinois in 2009 when he began competing in basketball. Over the last several years he has been victorious in floor hockey, golf, bocce, softball, volleyball, and his current favorite -- bowling. Jose has served as a Global Messenger for Special Olympics Illinois since 2011 and he has given many speeches and interviews. He also volunteers his time at fundraising events including Plane Pull, Polar Plunge, and of course the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby -- his favorite event.

He loves many things about the Ducky Derby like getting to know his fellow Darling Ducklings and meeting the countless people who adopt ducks (especially Quack Packs!). Jose has sold thousands of ducks since becoming a Darling Duckling and looks forward to selling even more this year!

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