Windy City Walkers


​​​2019 Group Walk Calendar

January 19 - Oak Brook Snow Shoe

10 AM
DuPage County Forest Preserve's Fullersburg Woods offers groomed trails for snow shoeing when weather permits. There are a number of looped trails up to 6k in distance beginning at the Visitor Center. Snow Shoe rental available at the Visitor Center. Call (630) 850-8110 for Snow Shoe availability. 


Starting point is Fullersburg Woods Nature Center
3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL


February 16 – Morris
10 AM

The trail will take you past beautiful new and old homes, into the historic downtown business area (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and along the Illinois River and Illinois Michigan Canal. The trail is on paved walkways & roads. The Illinois Michigan Canal path is gravel. Wheelchairs and strollers may experience some difficulty. During winter months, the snow may not be cleared from the entire trail. We will leave from the start point at 10 AM.

Starting point is Morris Hospital
150 W. High Street, Morris, IL

March 16 - Hinsdale
10 AM 

​Hinsdale is known for its beautiful residences and teardown culture, of which new rebuilds have taken 30% of homes in the village. The town has a rolling, wooded topography, with a quaint downtown. Hinsdale's downtown area is a National Register Historic District and contains restaurants, different types of shops, and various other services, as well as 1 of Hinsdale's 2 train stations. The residential streets offer shady, leafy walk routes. This walk takes you past both the older historic homes and new modern homes, through Hinsdale's downtown, and by several of Hinsdale's beautiful parks.


Starting point is Whole Foods
500 E. Ogden Ave,  Hinsdale, IL​

April 6 - Oak Brook
10 AM

Fullersburg Woods in Oak Brook is a part of the DuPage County Forest Preserve District. The trail through Fullersburg Woods follows Salt Creek through woods and prairie. In the 1930’s, the Forest Preserve was the site of a Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp. There is a wonderful CCC-built Visitor Center/Nature Center at the beginning of the trail, and a number of CCC-era stone and wood shelters scattered along the way. There are frequent sightings of delightful woodland creatures along the way, and a large variety of migrating and resident birds. The trail leads to Graue Mill and Museum - a working grist mill and a National Historic Landmark. The museum offers the exhibit "Graue Mill and the Road to Freedom" which uses photographs, documents, a computer interactive system and additional displays to illustrate the issue of slavery, the Underground Railroad and the importance of Graue Mill and DuPage County in assisting fugitive slaves to escape to freedom. The 10K trail also passes the Oak Brook Public Library, Butler National Golf Course, and Oak Brook Golf Course, using part of the Salt Creek Greenway Trail before returning to Fullersburg Woods.

Starting point is Whole Foods
500 E. Ogden Ave,  Hinsdale, IL​ 
NOTE: after registering for the walk at the Whole Foods, we will drive to Fullersburg Woods to begin our walk.​


May 4 - Downers Grove Founders Day

9 AM - 11 AM

The Windy City Walkers join the Downers Grove Historical Society and other groups to celebrate Founders Day in Downers Grove with a self-paced walk with written directions and map. A group walk will begin at 9:30 for those who wish to walk with club members and attend a planned ceremony honoring this year’s founder, Henry Carpenter. The Downers Grove Historical Society’s theme for 2019 is Celebrating the Arrival of the Railroad through Downers Grove. In keeping with the theme, this years’s walk will follow the path of the railroad through Downers Grove, visiting the village’s 3 train stations and other sites of train-related history. There are a number of train-related events scheduled throughout the week to celebrate Founders Day. Main Street businesses will be displaying historic photos of the railroad in their windows.


Starting point is Downers Grove History Museum
831 Maple Ave., Downers Grove, IL


May 18 Geneva
10AM
Geneva is a quaint, historic town with many eating and shopping opportunities along the walk. You will want to spend the day! The 5k trail will take you by the Fox River, through the cemetery, downtown on the Lincoln Heritage Highway (LHH), passing a family bakery, beautiful homes in the historic district and the library. The 10K route passes the train depot, into Fabyan Preserve Park onto hike/bike trails across the island. Return passing the lighthouse and windmill along the Fox River and on through the Historic District. Wheel chairs and strollers will want to start in the park.


Starting point is Geneva Public Library
127 James Street, Geneva, IL


June 22 - Chicago - EITHER Gold Coast OR Lakefront (walkers will choose at start point)
10 AM

The Gold Coast walk is over city streets and sidewalks. Take the time to enjoy this great city and the historic Gold Coast and DePaul Univ. Many of the rich and famous live in the area you will be walking. The luxurious condos, with their beautiful surroundings, make city life seem so far away.


​The Lakefront trail takes you to the Chicago Loop, Northwestern Univ., Museum of Natural History, Shedd Aquarium, Buckingham Fountain, Navy Pier (eat at the many restaurants inside Navy Pier), Museum of Contemporary Art, near the John Hancock building, Michigan Avenue's Magnificent Mile (a lot of shopping) and along beautiful Lake Michigan.


Starting point for both is Hostelling International USA

24 E. Ida B. Wells Drive (Formerly Congress Pkwy), Chicago, IL


July 20 - Wheaton

10 AM

​Join us in exploring Wheaton, a picturesque town 30 miles west of Chicago. It has been the DuPage County seat since 1867. The walk will take you through the Wheaton College campus, past the old DuPage County Courthouse and jail, past the Wheaton French Market, through the quaint downtown with its many shops and eateries and through residential areas which have numerous homes that date back to the late 1800s. The 10K route also takes you through Northside Park and past the grounds of the Theosophical Society's headquarters.


Starting point is Wheaton Public Library
225 N. Cross St., Wheaton, IL


August 17 - Downers Grove

10 AM

The Downers Grove walk is made up of 2 loops, both of which pass through the downtown area, neighborhoods and village parks. The first loop (5k) also takes you through Maple Grove Forest Preserve, one of the oldest preserves in DuPage County. The second loop (6k) includes Blodgett House - a stop on the Underground Railroad. The Downers Grove History Museum campus, which includes the Blodgett House, has informative displays about the Underground Railroad. Downers Grove is home to about 100 Sears-Roebuck Catalog homes, built using purchased kits between 1908 and 1940. Both loops of the walk include examples of various Catalog home models.


Starting point is Downers Grove Public Library

1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, IL


September 7 - Ottawa

9 AM - 11 AM

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Ottawa is the location of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858, and Washington Square Park has statues commemorating this event. The downtown has beautiful murals and numerous stores and restaurants. Ottawa has a unique statue of "Radium Dial Girl," explaining the effects to the radium dial painters in the 1920's. At the Historical and Scouting Museum there are exhibts featuring scouting items, information about the city's past as an Illinois & Michigan Canal boomtown and trail information, including a motor-driven geocaching trail. Ottawa is very close to three State parks: Starve Rock Matthiessen and Buffalo Rock.


Starting point is  Fox River Park

1025 Ontario, Ottawa, IL  


September 21 - Midewin/Wilmington

10 AM

Trails are on old roads and railroad beds surfaced with crushed gravel. Walks pass through large open fields, some shaded areas, restored prairie, and pass old ammunition bunkers -- the remnants of the long-closed Joliet Army Ammunition Plant. Open bunkers are viewable. The 10K trail passes over the WWII-designed Bailey Bridge. Parts of the trail are shared with bicyclists and equestrians. On the 5K trail (Iron Bridge Trailhead), you may view Midewin's bison herd. Insect repellant is recommended. Bring your own water.


Starting point is Welcome Center
30239 S. IL Route 53, Wilmington, IL


October 19 - Morris

10 AM

The trail will take you past beautiful new and old homes, into the historic downtown business area (listed on the National Register of Historic Places), and along the Illinois River and Illinois Michigan Canal. The trail is on paved walkways & roads. The Illinois Michigan Canal path is gravel. Wheelchairs and strollers may experience some difficulty. During winter months, the snow may not be cleared from the entire trail.


Starting point is Morris Hospital
150 W. High Street, Morris, IL


​November 30 - Frankfort

10 AM

The trail takes you on Old Plank Road, now a bike trail, through the Frankfort historic downtown area and through new-home subdivisions.


Starting point is White Street Cafe

11 S. White St, Frankfort, IL 


December 14 - Downers Grove 

10 AM

Starting point is  Downers Grove Public Library

1050 Curtis Street, Downers Grove, IL ​​