Chicago Ducky Derby

Thu Aug 4, 2022
Various times
All ages
Free (ducky adoption starts at $5)

The Ducky Derby is an event that benefits the Special Olympics of Illinois by encouraging spectators to "adopt" a yellow rubber ducky (or many duckies) to send racing down the Chicago River. It is a fun spectacle for a great cause! 

Race Day kicks off at 10 am on Thursday, August 4, 2022, at 401 North Michigan Avenue with entertainment for the entire family. Splashdown for the Ducky Derby is at 1 pm at Wabash Avenue Bridge. A virtual event begins at noon and provides a live stream of the festivities.

All proceeds benefit more than 23,000 athletes and over 17,000 Young Athletes across Illinois.

Participants can adopt a single duck for $5, a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), a Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100) or a Diamond Duck Pack (240 ducks for $1,000)! There are great prizes for winners of the race, including a 2019 Chevy Equinox, $2,500 cash, an All-Inclusive Apple Vacation to Riviera Maya, and a Chicago Weekend Getaway or NASCAR tickets. 

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