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Walk for Kidneys

Soldier Field Stadium Green
Chicago, Illinois

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: Registration & Check-In open at 9:00 am, Walk Steps Off at 10:30 am

Walk Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Location: Soldier Field, Stadium Green Lawn (Click here for lawn area map or Click here for parking location map)
   

Join nearly 4,000 walkers from across Chicagoland for a three-mile walk along beautiful Lake Michigan! Walk for Kidneys is a day for patients, friends, family members and supporters to come together for one common cause: to improve the health and well-being of people at risk for or affected by kidney disease through prevention, education and empowerment. Participants will enjoy refreshments, music, entertainment, kids' activities and more! Walk strong for kidney health!

Registration is free and all are welcome! Start your team today, then ask friends and family members to join you and make a donation. Raise $75 or more and you will receive an official 2015 Walk for Kidneys t-shirt! Raise more than $75 and you'll be eligible for even more incentives and event day prizes. Check out the Fundraising tab, above, for more details.

Proceeds will directly support the crucial programs and services provided by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois - programs that help people affected by or at-risk for kidney disease throughout Illinois. Your generosity and support of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois is what makes these programs possible.

Help spread the word about Walk for Kidneys! Register today and form your team, then start inviting family and friends to join you! Or, click the image below to download and print our event flyer.

Flyer: 8.5x11

To see photos from last year's event, please visit our Flickr Page.

Please contact Petra Seitz at (312) 321-1500 or pseitz@nkfi.org for more information.

Event Details

Date: Sunday, June 21, 2015
Time: Registration & Check-In open at 9:00 am, Walk Steps Off at 10:30 am
Walk Distance: 5K (3.1 miles)
Location: Soldier Field, Stadium Green Lawn (Click here for lawn area map or Click here for parking location map)
 

Registration: Registration is free and we ask every participant to register on this website so we can plan accordingly. If you have not already registered for the walk, please do so now by clicking "Register Today" above. Please register each walker (including children) individually. If you are unable to register online, you can register the morning of the walk at the check-in tent.
Donations: To make a general event donation, please click here.

Fundraising

There is no fee to walk and no minimum fundraising requirement. Walk for Kidneys, however, is one of the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' largest fundraisers and we do encourage every participant to make a donation of any size and to fundraise. All funds will benefit the programs and services offered by the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois. Please click the Fundraising Resouces tab at the top of the page for more information and tips on getting started, or call (312) 321-1500 and someone can assist you.

Driving Directions

Traffic Alert: Portions of the Kennedy Expressway will be closed the day of the walk due to construction, so please plan accordingly! Lake Shore Drive will continue to be open. For more information and alternate routes, click here.

From I-55: Take I-55, the Stevenson Expressway, northbound to Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 North. Take Lake Shore Drive north to the 18th Drive exit.

From I-290: The I-290, the Eisenhower Expressway, east to Congress Parkway. Take Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right and take Columbus Drive south to the 18th Drive exit.

From I-90/94: Take I-90/94, the Dan Ryan Expressway, north to Lake Shore Drive/22nd Street exit. Stay to the right and exit to Lake Shore Drive. Take Lake Shore Drive/Highway 41 north to the 18th Drive exit.

From I-94: Take I-94, the Kennedy Expressway, south to the Congress Parkway exit. Follow Congress Parkway to Columbus Drive. Turn right on Columbus Drive and follow Columbus Drive south to the 18th Drive exit.

Parking: Parking is located in the Waldron Garage (off 18th Street) and the entrance is on the north side of the lot via Waldron Drive. The Walk for Kidneys discounted rate is $20. See the image at the top of this page for a map of the Waldron Garage location.

By CTA & Metra: There are several bus and train stops within walking distance of Soldier Field. We recommend contacting the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) at (888) 968-7282 / www.chicagotransit.com, the Regional Transportation Authority (RTA) at (312) 836-7000 / www.rtachicago.com, or Metra at (312) 322-6777 / www.metrarail.com to plan your bus or train travel.

FUNdraise!

Walk for Kidneys is one of our largest fundraisers of the year, and we need your help to make this year bigger and better than before! While event registration is free, we ask all walkers to make a personal donation of any amount (every dollar counts!) and we encourage everyone to fundraise. To make a donation online click here or click “Register Today” in the upper right-hand corner of this page, where you can register and make a donation at the same time. If you would like to mail a check or have checks/cash to turn in at the walk, please download, print and complete this form and either mail it to our office (215 W. Illinois St. Ste 1C, Chicago, IL 60654) or turn it in at the check-in tent on Sunday.

To get started on your fundraising, we've put together the following resources to make your Walk for Kidneys experience and your fundraising easy and fun!

  • Team Captain Guide - Get started by reading all about the NKFI and Walk for Kidneys in the 2015 Team Captain Guide. Not yet registered? Click here to sign up and get started!
  • Top Fundraising Tips - Need some advice to kick off your fundraising? Check out the NKFI’s Top 5 Fundraising Tips to get the lay of the land!
  • Easy Fundraising - See how easy it is to reach a $75, $100 or $300 fundraising goal!
  • Sample Fundraising E-mail - New to fundraising? Not sure what to include in a fundraising letter, or how to ask for donations? Feel free to use our sample letter to get you started and well on your way to being a fundraising pro!
  • A to Z Fundraising Ideas - Lots and LOTS of new and unique fundraising ideas! Take a look and find an exciting fundraising activity to help you reach your goal, and have fun doing it!
  • Offline Donation Form - Have you received cash or check donations that you want to add to your personal fundraising page? Download the Offline Donation Form and send it in with any offline donations you receive to the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois Office at: 215 West Illinois Street, Suite 1C, Chicago IL 60654. Or, bring the form and donations with you to Walk for Kidneys on June 21 to turn it at the check-in tent.
  • Team Flyer - Click the image below to view a Walk for Kidneys team flyer, to help recruit more team members. To have a custom version of this flyer made specifically for your team, contact Petra Seitz at pseitz@nkfi.org.

  • Walk for Kidneys Flyer - Click the image below to download and print a flyer for Walk for Kidneys. Use our event flyer to spread the word around to your family and friends!

   

Remember: the more money you raise, the more prizes you'll get at Walk for Kidneys! Jumpstart your fundraising today to earn brand new Walk for Kidneys prizes!

  • Raise at least $75 and receive an exclusive 2015 Walk for Kidneys shirt
  • Raise at least $250 and receive a Walk for Kidneys water bottle
  • Raise $1,000 as a team and receive a team banner and 10 water bottles
  • Raise $2,500 as a team and receive a team banner, 10 water bottles and access to the “Top Teams” tent at the walk including additional food, beverages and seating (Friends & Family Teams only)

Have questions or need more ideas? Contact Petra Seitz at (312) 321-1500 or pseitz@nkfi.org.

Volunteer at Walk for Kidneys!

Our Walk for Kidneys volunteers help to welcome and register guests, greet and escort speakers and VIPs, direct attendees, and more. This free event is expected to bring together an estimated 4,000 health professionals, dialysis and transplant patients, their families and friends, as well as numerous top fundraising corporate teams in the Chicagoland community for a morning of exercise, education and camaraderie.

We are currently looking for volunteers to help us produce this exciting event by fulfilling the following roles:

  • Event Setup
  • Event Check In/Registration
  • VIP Team Management
  • Cheering Walkers
  • Crowd Control

For more information, and to sign up as a volunteer, please contact Petra Seitz at pseitz@nkfi.org or (312) 321-1500.

Please join us in thanking this year's Walk for Kidneys sponsors!

 

Presenting Sponsor
 

 

 

 

Gold Sponsor

 

Silver Sponsor

      

 

Bronze Sponsors


      

 

           

 

National Multi-Market Partner

 

For information on sponsoring the 2015 Walk for Kidneys, please call (312) 321-1500.

2015 Team Spotlights

Team Nolan

2014 Team Spotlights

Team Amanda
Team JK Kidney Bean
Team Sweet's Supporters
Team Izzywalkeez

Media Resources

Press Release: Kidney Transplant Recipient and American Idol Finalist to Perform at Walk for Kidneys
Photos from the National Kidney Foundation of Illinois' 2014 Walk: flickr.com/photos/IllinoisKidney

For media and interview requests, more information on Walk for Kidneys or kidney disease in Illinois, please contact Jennifer Chaput, Communications Manager, at jchaput@nkfi.org or (312) 321-1500.


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