move towards a healthy future
our community, marching together
Walk for Kidneys is a family-friendly celebration of passion and progress. This annual event is an incredible opportunity for supporters of the NKFI to come together, show their spirit, and demonstrate their determination to make a difference in the fight against kidney disease. Join other supporters of the NKFI mission for this festive three-mile walk, and help us win the race against kidney disease. With your assistance, we'll raise approximately $200,000 in support of research, public education, and patient services, and together we will make an incredible impact in the lives of patients and families.
In conjunction with the Chicago Park District, the NKFI will follow the guidelines for the current phase according to the City’s “Protecting Chicago” framework which can be found here. The District strongly urges patrons to take precautions to protect their health and the safety of others while in their parks. Face coverings are required at all times, unless an exception is specified in the guidance.
event details & overview
Registration: It is free to register for Walk for Kidneys. If you'd like to participate, we encourage you to make a donation or organize a fundraising effort as a sign of your commitment to kidney health, research, and education. You can fundraise as part of a team or as an individual, and we've made it easy for you to share your effort on social media, so you can introduce your friends and family to our work.
The Route: The Walk steps off from Montrose Beach and we'll walk along beautiful Lake Michigan. Map.
The Pace: Even thought the route is roughly equivalent in length to a 5K, you should expect to embark on an easy-going stroll, rather than an athletic foot-race. Plan to take your time, and enjoy your teammates' company.
Families and Pets: Involve the whole family - of all ages and species! Just be sure to pack a few poop bags (or diapers!) and water for everyone.
The Weather: Walk for Kidneys takes place rain or shine.
location & schedule
how to get here, and what to expect
SUN, JUNE 27, 2021
make the most of your walk
the more you raise, the more you earn*
*prizes are for individual fundraising, not team totals unless otherwise noted.
Get the official Walk for Kidneys 2021 t-shirt! Great goal for each team member.
Your future's so bright, you'll want to wear these shades. They'll look even cooler when paired with your official Walk for Kidneys t-shirt.
Stay hydrated and sleek with this collapsible water bottle. Throw on your sunglasses and official Walk for Kidneys t-shirt and you're ready to roll.
Whether you're hitting the beach or just chillin' in your backyard, you'll want this wireless speaker close by. Grab your water bottle, sunglasses and official Walk for Kidneys t-shirt and make a day of it.
Once you've earned your official Walk for Kidney t-shirt, sunglasses, water bottle, and wireless speaker, you're going to need something slick to carry it all around. Weekend trips and picnics will be a breeze with this roomy rucksack.
team prize: raise $1,000+
If your team raises $1,000+ by or before 6/16/21, you'll receive a banner with your team name printed on it.
pictures from past walks
scenes from the path to health
walk for kidneys sponsors
pushing us towards the finish line
The National Kidney Foundation of Illinois wouldn't be able to impact the lives of patients, families, and communities without the help of our dedicated, Walk for Kidneys sponsors.
Halfway Point Sponsor