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Adopt A Rubber Duck And Watch It Race Down The River At Next Week’s Derby

Chicagoans can watch rubber ducks race down the Chicago River and raise money for Special Olympics Illinois at next week's Duck Derby.

Tens of thousands of ducks will make a splash into the Chicago River Thursday for the annual Chicago Duck Derby.
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DOWNTOWN — Tens of thousands of rubber ducks will splash into the Chicago River next week at the city’s annual Duck Derby.

People who want to participate can adopt a duck online or in person on race day and watch it race from the Columbus Bridge at 1 p.m. Thursday. You can adopt a lone duck for $5 or packs of quacks for $25-$1,000. All proceeds go toward Special Olympics Illinois.

The derby is also a raffle. Prizes will be awarded to ducks — and their adopters — who win first through fourth place.

Winners will get an all-new Chevy Equinox courtesy of Chevy Drives Chicago, a Royal Caribbean cruise, a $2,500 cash prize and four tickets to Windy City Smokeout, respectively.

Supporters can also stop by Pioneer Court, 401 N. Michigan Ave., before the ducks take off for a family festival featuring live music and games. It runs 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

All ducks will be removed from the water by volunteers and staff after the race, according to the event website.

You can adopt a duck to enter a raffle and help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois.

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