Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby
What is the Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby?
It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! The 11th Annual Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby is tentatively scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 4, 2016*! Thousands of spectators will join us as more than 50,000 yellow rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River from the Columbus Drive bridge, helping us to raise more than $300,000 for the athletes of Special Olympics Illinois.
*Date and time are tentative and subject to change.
How do I adopt a duck?
Duck adoptions for 2016 are live. Adopt a Duck today!
Meet Allie – Our 2016 Duck Derby Ambassador!
Allie has competed in a variety of Special Olympics Illinois sports since 2001 including bocce, soccer, bowling, basketball, gymnastics and athletics (track and field). This spring she will begin competing in aquatics and rhythmic gymnastics. She is also a Global Messenger and has been trained to give speeches that educate groups of all sizes about her experience with Special Olympics Illinois. She recently spoke to over 500 guests at a dinner for the Knights of Columbus.
When not performing with various musical theatre groups, Allie works as a volunteer at a local Kindercare helping with 3 and 4 year olds and is currently enrolled in a 2-year life skills program through Harper College. A member of the athlete-driven duck sales team, The Darling Ducklings, she sells ducks and brings awareness to the event throughout her community.
With the 2016 Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby quickly approaching, we wanted to share details on construction that will impact this year’s festival area. Please keep the following items in mind to guarantee your race day trip is both safe and enjoyable!
- 401 N. Michigan Ave., or Pioneer Plaza, is under construction and unable to be used for the family festival area. However, a condensed festival area will be available on the west side of Michigan Ave. across from the Wrigley Building, so you can still join in the fun!
- The viewing area along the Chicago River will be obstructed from Michigan Ave. to City Front Plaza on the north side of the river.
- The north side of the river walk is closed from Michigan Ave. to the Shoreline Water Taxi docks (about 200 feet), then re-opens.
- Paths leading you to the best viewing areas will be clearly marked to help you find your way.
- Both the south side of the river and the west side of Michigan Ave. will not be affected by the construction.
- Construction will be taking place during the festival and splashdown. As always during construction, there may be loud noises and/or dust in the air. These areas will be restricted with fencing and are not accessible to the public.
- The most accessible viewing area for wheelchairs will be on the south side of the Chicago River on Stetson Ave.
- FOX 32 Chicago will be filming a live 30-minute segment where we will feature the lever pull and countdown to splashdown, which will take place on the river outside of the Gleacher Center. We invite you to watch and enjoy this portion of the show, but please be mindful of the construction and fencing around this area.
Please contact Shelley Chenoweth, 331-444-8185.
What if my duck wins?
You could be the winner of one of our great prizes!