Frequently Asked Questions

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Is the Ducky Derby still happening due to the current COVID-19 crisis?

Yes, we plan to proceed with the Chicago Ducky Derby. We're hosting a hybrid event this year and offering an in- person and virtual option for August 5. The Virtual Festival will start at 12 PM and can be viewed live on the SOILL Facebook Page or the SOILL Twitch Page. If you'd like to join us in person, you can come to the Virtual Festival starting at 10 AM at 401 N. Michigan Ave followed by SPLASHDOWN at 1 PM at the Columbus Dr. bridge. Please see the Choose Your Day flyer on our homepage of our website for more details about each option. Duck adoptions and souvenirs are available now on our website.

What time will the winners be picked ?

The ducks begin their race at 1:00 PM from the Columbus Dr. bridge.

How will I know if my duck wins?

Special Olympics Illinois will contact you using the information you provided with your duck adoption.

Are there Ducky Derby shirts for sale?

Yes, you can purchase a duck by clicking here.

Can I adopt a duck for my child?

Duck adoptions must be made in the name of an adult, age 18 or older.

Are they real ducks or rubber ducks?

Rubber ducks.

What happens to all the ducks after the race?

In a regular year, the ducks are ALL removed from the water by volunteers and staff. If the race is virtual, the ducks never enter the water to race.

Once I adopt a duck, do I get to keep it?

No, you don't get to keep the duck's that you purchased for the race.

Do I need to be present to win?

No, you can win from home!

Is there an admission fee for the Duck Derby?

No. it is free to watch the Ducky Derby. However, it cost $5 to enter the race.

How much do ducks cost?

Single duck: $5
Quack Pack (6 ducks): $25
Flock of Ducks (24 ducks): $100.00
Diamond Duck Pack (Get 240): $1,000.00

Can I adopt ducks on race day?

Yes, online adoptions will open the morning of the race until approximately 12:30pm or sooner if ducks become unavailable.