Signature Events

Apr 25 @ 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Lewis University Airport
EVENT POSTPONED Special Olympics Illinois continues to take the threat of COVID-19 very seriously. Our number one priority is keeping our athletes, volunteers, families and constituents safe. On March 15, the Centers for Disease Control[...]
Jun 28 @ 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm Lincoln Park and Aquatic Zoo
Aug 6 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Wrigley Building and Pioneer Plaza
Chicago Ducky Derby? It’s a signature annual fundraiser benefiting Special Olympics Illinois! Thousands of spectators watch over 60,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River in downtown Chicago and race down the river towards[...]
Aug 28 @ 5:00 am – 12:00 pm Various Locations
DUNKIN’ SUPPORTS THE LAW ENFORCEMENT TORCH RUN FOR SPECIAL OLYMPICS ILLINOIS 2020 marks the 18th Anniversary of the Dunkin’ Cop on Rooftop event with the Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics Illinois!  This event[...]
Sep 6 @ 1:00 pm – 4:30 pm DuQuoin State Fairgrounds
What is the Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash? The Southern Illinois Ducky Derby Dash at the Du Quoin State Fair is a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois. On September 6, 2020, thousands of[...]
Sep 26 @ 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Chicago O'Hare Airport
What is the Plane Pull? The Plane Pull features the ultimate tug-of-war competition, as teams of up to 20 battle a UPS Airbus A300 or United Airlines 737, weighing more than 180,000 lbs.  That is[...]
Oct 17 @ 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm Fairmont Chicago Millennium Park