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Ducks on The Mag Mile

This summer, dozens of individually painted ducks celebrate the power of what people, business, and community can achieve when we promote a unified world for Special Olympics Illinois athletes.

Check out this world class exhibit, Ducks on the Mag Mile presented by Make Corporation, as you return to The Magnificent Mile this summer!

  • What is Special Olympics Illinois?

    Special Olympics is a global movement that unleashes the human spirit every day through the transformative power and joy of sport.  Through programming in sports, health, education, leadership and community building, Special Olympics is creating a new world of inclusion – building a culture that accepts and welcomes every single person, regardless of ability or disability.

    Special Olympics Illinois offers sports training and competitions year-round in 18 Olympic-style sports.  Currently, the statewide program serves more than 23,000 athletes with intellectual disabilities and over 17,000 Young Athletes ages 2-7 with and without intellectual disabilities. 

    Through sports, our athletes celebrate their abilities, not their disabilities. Their world opens with acceptance and understanding, while becoming confident and empowered by their accomplishments. They make new friends, joining the most inclusive community on the planet – a global community that’s growing every day.

    Learn more about Special Olympics Illinois >>

  • Public Art Display

    Highlighting this event will be 25 unique duck sculptures placed along The Magnificent Mile, in the Streeterville, River North and Gold Coast neighborhoods from June through September.

    The event coincides with the world renowned Chicago Ducky Derby on August 6, a signature fundraising event for Special Olympics Illinois and a truly unique Chicago event.

    If you would like to learn more about the displays, contact Special Olympics Illinois’ Chief Marketing Officer, Chris Winston at cwinston@soill.org.

    Learn more about Ducks on The Mag Mile >>

  • Adopt a Duck

    What is the Chicago Ducky Derby? 

    The Chicago Ducky Derby is a signature annual fundraiser benefiting 23,000 athletes and over 13,000 Young Athletes for Special Olympics Illinois! Usually, thousands of spectators watch 60,000 yellow rubber ducks splash into the Chicago River in downtown Chicago and race down the river towards the finish line in person. This year we will not be congregating at the drop site, but everyone can still watch all the fun on www.chicagoduckyderby.com beginning with our virtual Family Festival at 11 a.m. on Thursday, August 6, 2020. The first place winner of the race will win a 2020 Chevy Equinox! Adopt your duck today for only $5.

    How do I adopt a duck? 

    Adopt a duck for only $5 online at www.chicagoduckyderby.com or form a Ducky Derby Sales Team! Get more chances to win by purchasing a Quack Pack (6 ducks for $25), Flock of Ducks (24 ducks for $100), or Diamond Duck Pack (240 ducks for $1,000)!

    What if my duck wins? 

    The winner will receive one of many great prizes including 2020 Chevy Equinox, $2,500 cash, a VIP experience at the 2020 or 2021 BMO Harris Bank Magnificent Mile Lights Festival, Chicago Blackhawks tickets, and more!

    How do I get involved?

    Sales teams are forming now. Put together a group of friends, colleagues, or family members to join the fun. Teams compete for bragging rights and great prizes. To form a Sales Team click here. For more information on starting a team or to volunteer, contact Emily Merkle at emerkle@soill.org or 224-283-2308.



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