walk for kidneys

June 2020

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 4,000 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 Abigayle Slade at aslade@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: Coming soon!


  • 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.


  • 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.

register here

Ready to sign up?


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

manage your team

Already registered? 

Click below to access your team page, and manage your crew.


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 along Chicago's lakefront. Exact location TBD.





Parking Information


Parking information is coming soon! We'll get you all the details as soon as they're confirmed. 

Using Public Transit


  • CTA Bus Routes #TBD

  • CTA Bus Route #TBD 

  • CTA Train Lines TBD.


SUN, JUNE 2020 


8:25am: Registration and Check-in

8:30am: Glucose screenings begin (sponsored by Baxter)

8:30am: Health fair begins and KID-ney Zone opens

9:40am: Program Begins

10:00am:  Walk for Kidneys steps off (begins!)

10:20am: Last call for Registration/Check-in

12:30pm: Event and music conclude


event resources

make the most of your walk

National Kindey Foundation of Illinois

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. 

National Kidney Foundation of Illinois

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.

The National Kidney Foundation of Illino

Need some help registering to stroll solo? We've got you covered. This informative handout will take you through sign up, and get you prepped.

fundraising prizes, 2019

the more you raise, the more you earn*

*prizes are for individual fundraising, not team totals


raise $75+

Get the official Walk for Kidneys 2019 t-shirt! Great goal for each team member.

raise $200+

Get a cooler lunch bag and the official Walk for Kidneys 2019 t-shirt! Perfect for taking a healthy lunch to work or school!

raise $400+


Get a sturdy 48" umbrella, cooler lunch bag and the official Walk for Kidneys 2019 t-shirt! Get your steps in - rain or shine - when you're nice and dry. 

raise $600+

Get an insulated tumbler, sturdy 48" umbrella, cooler lunch bag and the official Walk for Kidneys 2019 t-shirt! Great for keeping drinks hot or cold for hours.


pictures from past walks

scenes from the path to health











walk for kidneys sponsors, 2019

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 2019 sponsorship packet or contact Abigayle Slade at aslade@nkfi.org or 312-321-1500. 

Presenting Sponsor


Silver Sponsors

Bronze Sponsors

Loyola Medicine National Kidney Foundati

Turnaround Sponsor

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