Signature EventsWalk for Kidneys

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walk for kidneys

June 27, 2021

Montrose Harbor

Chicago, IL

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.

We encourage you to visit these FAQs for the most up-to-date information. Contact Allie Widmer at or 312-321-1500 with questions or for more information. 

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. Q&As for the day.


  • 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. 

register here

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.

fundraise virtually

Still on lockdown?

No problem! We brainstormed a bunch of ways to raise money while you stay safe at home.

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location & schedule

how to get here, and what to expect

In-Person Event


Montrose Harbor



SUN, JUNE 27, 2021 


  9:00AM  Registration and Check-in Begins

               Glucose Screenings Begin (sponsored by


               Health Fair Begins

Receive a 'passport' at registration with all the Walk's sponsor logos. Visit each sponsor's tent and get that logo checked off. Once your entire passport is completed, visit the stage to be entered to win a prize! Winner will be called at Closing Ceremony. 

   KIDney Zone Opens

Watch a performance from our bilingual balloon artist/magician (will be present 8:45-10:15 am) Don't forget to enter in our coloring/drawing contest. To enter find a volunteer in the KIDney Zone tent. Winners will receive a prize!

  9:45AM  Program begins on stage

  Zumba/Yoga Class

10:00AM  Walk for Kidneys steps off

11:30AM  Closing Celebration

  Shout Out to Top Fundraising Team           and Participants

  T-Shirt Contest

Create a Walk shirt by yourself or with your team. Wear your t-shirt(s) at the event and show off your creation. During the closing ceremony one person from each t-shirt group will be asked to come to the stage.  Winner will be decided on audience applause. 

  Raffle Drawing

Raffle winner will be drawn from completed sponsor passports (must be present to win!)

  1:00PM  Event Concludes

Virtual Event


Wherever you like! Try for 3 miles but you're welcome to walk for as long or as little as you feel comfortable.  



SUN, JUNE 27, 2021 


  9:00AM  Virtual Walk begins online

  Participant Stories

Hear from top participants about why they walk and why they're passionate about NKFI's mission

  Healthy Recipe Demonstration

Step-by-step video of a kidney-friendly recipe from Foundation Dietitian Dr. Melissa Prest to help you start our Walk day off right. 

  KIDney Zone

Download coloring book pages and tag @NKFIllinois so we can see your masterpiece!

  Tribute Ceremony

Honor your loved one and let us know why you walk. Complete the form and attach a screenshot of your $25 donation. We'll create a tribute sign for you that will be displayed during the virtual Walk for Kidneys ceremony and shared to the event Facebook page. Be sure to include an email address you check regularly.  We'll send your sign to you prior to the Walk for approval. 

  9:45AM  LIVE Opening Ceremony

  Zumba/Yoga Class

10:00AM  Walk for Kidneys steps off

Take lots of photos and tag @NKFIllinois and use #WalkForKidneys

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. 

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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.

raise $100+

Get the official Walk for Kidneys 2021 t-shirt! Great goal for each team member. 

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raise $250+

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.

raise $500+


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. 

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raise $750+

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. 

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raise $1,000+


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. 

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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. 

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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.

Interested in sponsoring this event? Review the 2021 sponsorship packet or contact Allie Widmer at or 312-321-1500. 

Presenting Sponsor


Gold Sponsor

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Silver Sponsors

Loyola Medicine National Kidney Foundati
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Day-of Exhibitors

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Food Tent Sponsor


Restroom Sponsor


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