Next week, tens of thousands of rubber ducks will be launched into the Chicago River during the city’s annual Duck Derby.
For those unfamiliar with the tradition, the Chicago Duck Derby is one of the Special Olympics Illinois’ annual fundraising events. Those who wish to fund the Special Olympics Illinois chapter may do so by adopting or sponsoring a rubber duck via the foundation’s website, or in person on race day, which is August 4th. The race will start at 1pm from the Columbus Bridge. There will be raffles and prizes awarded to the first four ducks to pass the finish line.
As first reported by BlockClubChicago, the first-place winner will receive an all-new Chevy Equinox courtesy of Chevy Drives Chicago, a Royal Caribbean cruise, a $2,500 cash prize, as well as four tickets to Windy City Smokeout.
The public is encouraged to stop by Pioneer Court at 401 N Michigan Avenue for a family festival including live music and games. The festival will run from 10am-12:30pm, making sure to wrap before the ducks’ race time.
After the race, the ducks will be removed from the water by volunteers and Special Olympics Illinois staff.