Windy City Walkers


  1. What is Volksporting? 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.
  2.  Where can I find a complete list of all current year events? 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. 
  3. Why must I pay to participate in an event?  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.

Windy City Walkers is the Northeastern IL area member of the American Volkssport Association (AVA) network of walking clubs in the U.S. Our purpose is to promote Fun, Fitness, Friends (and Food) through non-competitive walking events. We sponsor several self-paced walks throughout the Northeastern Illinois area. All activities are open to the general public.

Snowshoeing at  Fullersburg Woods Available 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.

Downers Grove walk & concert series Takes place Tuesdays during the summer. We meet at 5:30 PM at the Downers Grove Public Library to walk a 5k route that ends at Fishel Park Bandshell. Free concert begins there at 7 PM (bring your own lawn chair or blanket). Food and drinks are available for purchase, or you can bring your own food and (non-alcoholic) drinks.  Click here to see the 2018 schedule.

Contact Irena Paronis for additional information about either event.

Upcoming Traditional & Group Walks

April 6 - Oak Brook

May 4 - Downers Grove Founders Day

May 18 - Geneva

(for more info and complete list of Windy City Walker hosted 2019 walks go to Calendar page.)