What is the Chicago 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 in downtown Chicago and race down river towards the finish line. Race Day kicks off at 10am on Thursday, August 9, 2018* at 400 North Michigan Avenue (The Wrigley Building) with entertainment for the entire family. Splashdown for the Ducky Derby is at 1pm. All proceeds benefit more than 23,000 athletes and nearly 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 2018 Chevy Equinox, an All-Inclusive vacation to Riviera Maya 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 schenoweth@soill.org or 630-519-6059.


*If you purchased multiple shirts and have not received your full order, please contact us. Sorry for any inconvenience.

Meet our Duck Derby Athlete Ambassador!
12-year-old Jack Klawitter was one of the very first Special Olympics Young Athletes (a motor activity programs for children with and without intellectual disabilities) in Illinois. As a Global Messenger, he loves telling people about his experiences with Special Olympics. He plays basketball, swimming, and track, and Unified golf with his dad. Click here to buy a duck from Jack!