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Signature EventsWalk for Kidneys

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walk for kidneys

June 9 2024

Diversey Harbor

Presented by


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 $230,000 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 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.


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: 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: Involve the whole family - of all ages and species! Just be sure to pack a few poop bags (or diapers!) and water for everyone. 


  • Transit and Parking: Participants are strongly encouraged to take public transit to the Walk for Kidneys.   

  • 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.

can't attend?

No problem! You can still help support the mission from home by fundraising virtually and walking wherever you are! 

Location and Schedule
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location & schedule

how to get here, and what to expect

Walk for Kidneys


Diversey Harbor

2601 North Cannon Drive

Chicago, IL 60614





Parking can be VERY limited at Diversey Harbor on weekends and using public transportation is strongly encouraged. If you are driving, there is parking along Cannon Drive, and there are limited spots in the paid lots. 

Walk for Kidneys

SUN, JUNE 9, 2024 


  9:00AM  Registration and Check-in Begins

               Kidney Health Risk Assessment (including blood glucose screening) begins 

               Health Fair Begins 

  KIDney Zone Opens

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!

  9:30AM  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


  1:00PM  Event Concludes

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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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.

2024 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 2024 t-shirt!

Great goal for each team member. 

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raise $250+

Raise $250. You will receive this vibrant orange and silver tumbler, you will receive the Walk for Kidneys t-shirt and enjoy quenching your thirst in style!

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raise $500+

Raise $500. You will receive the Walk for Kidneys t-shirt, tumbler, and umbrella to keep you covered, rain or shine!


raise $750+

Raise $750. You will receive the Walk for Kidneys t-shirt, tumbler, umbrella, and picnic blanket to ensure every event is a cozy one!


raise $1,000+


Raise $1,000. You will receive the Walk for Kidneys t-shirt, tumbler, umbrella, picnic blanket, and picnic basket, making every day a walk in the park!

team prize: raise $1,000+

If your team raises $1,000+ by or before 5/27/2024, you'll receive a banner with your team name printed on it. 


pictures from past walks

scenes from the path to health




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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? Contact Wesley Bauer at or 312-321-1500. 

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