We are a Chicago area walking club. Our goal is to promote Fun, Fitness & Friendship through non-competitive walking events.
Windy City Walkers is the Northeastern IL area member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) network of walking clubs in the U.S. All activities are open to the general public. Fee to walk is $3 per participant per event.
All Windy City Walkers year round and seasonal walks are available for online registration via the AVA's Online Start Box (OSB) at My.AVA.org.
Registration using the Physical Start Box (PSB) at the Start Point is still an available option for most walks, as well. Exceptions are noted below.
In 2023, the Elk Grove Village/Busse Woods and Frankfort year round walks are online registration only.
December 9 - Downers Grove
February 24 - Wilmington/Midewin
May 4 - Downers Grove Founders Day
Go to the Calendar page for
start points and other information regarding these walks.
Snowshoeing is available at Fullersburg Woods (3609 Spring Rd, Oak Brook) during the winter season. Sign up box is located at the Visitor's Center. Snowshoes are available to rent there, or bring your own! Call (630) 850-8110 for Snow Shoe availability and snow conditions.
In summer months, we have hosted a 5k Walk & Concert series.
Contact us for additional information about either event.
Volkssporting is participation in non-competitive events (walks, cycling events, swims) hosted by local, nonprofit clubs. Walks are generally 10k (6.2miles) in length, with a shorter (5k or 6k) route available.
The AVA website lists all available events (walks, bike events, swims) on their site. Click here to visit the AVA Events page to search for events by state or type.
Clubs provide the public service of planning and hosting an event to encourage walking for fun and fitness. The $3 event fee is used to defray the cost of printing walk instructions/maps, liability insurance, etc. Additionally, the fee allows you to track events in special IVV Record Books. When specific milestones (such as 10 events, 30 events, 500 kilometers, etc.) are achieved, you can send the book to the American Volkssport Association to receive a patch, hatpin and certificate. A New Walker’s Packet, containing a Distance Record Book, Event Book and coupon for a free walk is available for $5 at most events.