walk for kidneys

June 28, 2020

Lincoln Park

Chicago, IL

move towards a healthy future

our community, marching together

Walk for Kidneys is a family-friendly celebration of passion and progress that takes place along Chicago's beautiful lakefront. This annual summer 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 nearly 3,000 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 $300,000 in support of research, public education, and patient services, and together we will make an incredible impact in the lives of patients and families.

Contact Steve Jastrow at walk@nkfi.org or 312-321-1500 with questions or for more information. 


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 will parade through picturesque Lincoln Park. Download a map of the route here


  • 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: This is a family-friendly event. There is a KID-ney zone with activities for the young ones, and yes, your pet can join you on the walk. Just be sure to pack a few poop bags and a water dish. 


  • The Weather: Walk for Kidneys takes place rain or shine. Th event is only cancelled for truly dangerous weather conditions. Please note: Walk for Kidneys does not offer a back-up event date in the event of uncooperative weather, and it does not offer refunds.

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Ready to sign up?


Click below to begin registering as part of a team, or an an individual.

sponsor the event

Want to support? 

Click below to review all of the sponsorship opportunities.


Want to help?

We need volunteers to help with everything from check in to cheer leading. Click below to sign up. 


location & schedule

how to get here, and what to expect

Event Location


Walk for Kidneys will be hosted in the famed Lincoln Park. The Walk will kick off near the Benjamin Franklin Monument at Stockton and LaSalle.




72 W. LaSalle Drive

Chicago, IL 60614

Parking Information


There are a number of parking lots and garages around Lincoln Park but participants are encouraged to use public transit when possible.

Using Public Transit





SUN, JUNE 28, 2020 


9:30am: Registration and Check-in

9:35am: Glucose screenings begin (sponsored by Baxter)

9:35am: Health fair begins and KID-ney Zone opens

10:10am: Program Begins

10:30am:  Walk for Kidneys steps off (begins!)

10:50am: Last call for Registration/Check-in

1:00pm: Event and music conclude

event resources

make the most of your walk


Get fun ideas for creative fundraising in the age of social distancing. The more you raise, the more you earn! 

(See prizes below)

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Create a Facebook Fundraiser, Instagram donation box, and learn more about applying those donations to your total. 

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Fill out the blank section with your team information and share, print, or email to your friends, family and co-workers. 

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Need helping getting your squad set up? Check out this handy, step-by-step tutorial and you'll be up and running in no time. 


Signing up with an existing team is simple. Just use this guide, follow the prompts, and before you know it: you'll be ready to go, go, go.


Need some inspiration to help you reach your fundraising goals? This informative handout will take you through sign up, and get you prepped.

fundraising prizes

the more you raise, the more you earn*

*prizes are for individual fundraising, not team totals unless otherwise noted. Images are mockups, actual colors and finished products may look different than the images below. 

raise $100+

Get the official Walk for Kidneys 2020 t-shirt! Great goal for each team member.

raise $250+

This cotton drawstring bag will help you carry all the giveaways and fundraising prizes.  

raise $500+


Stay shaded from the summer sun in this

relaxed, adjustable cap.

raise $750+

This over-sized picnic and beach blanket is perfect for enjoying lunch in Lincoln Park after the Walk.

raise $1,000+


Keep your water cold or your coffee hot in this copper insulated tumbler. 

team prize: raise $1,000+

If your team raises $1,000+ by or before 6/10/20, you'll receive a banner with your team name printed on it. Raise $1,000+ by 6/28/20 and you'll receive a blank banner to decorate at the event.


pictures from past walks

scenes from the path to health