Over 60,000 rubber ducks sail down Chicago River to support Special Olympics

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CHICAGO — More than 60,000 rubber ducks set sail down the Chicago River on Thursday afternoon to benefit Special Olympics Illinois.

The Chicago Ducky Derby began with the ducks dropped into the river at the Wabash Avenue Bridge. They floated down the river until the winners reach the finish line.

Winning duck-holders will take home prizes like cash, an all-inclusive vacation and a brand new SUV.

The race raised $420,000 last year.


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