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The 2015 Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby will mark our 10th Anniversary!  We'll be celebrating a Decade of Ducks in all sorts of ways!  Want to start a team?  Sponsor?  Email Allison at and she'll put you on our email list so you'll get the most up-to date information about the 2015 Race. 

Adoptions are currently not available.  Please check back for updates!  



Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby!

Grand Prize:  Mary Meehan
2nd Prize:  Joseph Peabody
3rd Prize:  Justin Walker
4th Prize:  Carla Guest

Thanks to everyone for your support! 


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 7, 2014* at 400 North Michigan Avenue (The Wrigley Building) with entertainment for the entire family - face painting, games, free food and appearances by several sports mascots. Splashdown for the Duck Derby is at 1pm. All proceeds benefit the nearly 21,500 athletes and over 18,500 Young Athletes across Illinois.

How do I adopt a duck? Adopt a duck for $5, a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25) or a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) for your chance to win.


Are you adopting a duck on behalf of a friend, co-worker or family member affiliated with a Sales Team? If so, click the link below and 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 2014 Chevy Equinox or an all-inclusive Apple Vacation!

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 or download a registration form. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Corinne Zollars at or 630-942-5614.

Meet our Duck Derby Ambassador, Ela.

Ela has been competing with Special Olympics Illinois in volleyball, basketball, cross country, hockey and track & field since 2008. In addition to competing, Ela is a Global Messenger and speaks to groups about how Special Olympics has impacted her life. Last year she was the top seller on the Darling Ducklings sales team, a team made of Special Olympics Illinois athletes. She sold over 1,000 duck adoptions last year alone! She can’t wait to get started selling ducks again this year!

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