Thursday: Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby | NBC Chicago

Thursday: Windy City Rubber Ducky Derby

Race benefits the Special Olympics of Illinois



    More than 30,000 rubber duckies will race to the finish line in the Chicago River on Thursday in the fifth annual Windy City Rubber Duck Derby.

    The race benefits the Special Olympics of Illinois.

    Many of the ducks are still in need of adoptive parents.  One duck costs $5 or packs of six ducks are available for $25.

    All proceeds from adopted rubber ducks go directly to the Special Olympics and their athletes.

    The fun starts when the ducks are unloaded near the Columbus Drive Bridge.  Water canons are used to push the duckies toward the Michigan Avenue bridge.  Nets keep them in the race zone.

    Those who adopt a rubber duck are eligible to win prizes, including a Magnificent Mile shopping spree, an all-inclusive seven-night Mexican vacation, a two-night stay at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel, a Chicago Cubs rooftop party for 10, a Chicago White Sox party for 20, a 46-inch flat-screen TV or one year of wireless service from Sprint.

    The fun begins at 10 a.m. Thursday, with the race kicking off at 1 p.m.

    To adopt a duck, visit