Windy City Walkers

​​​2018 Group Walk Calendar

February 17 – Oak Park

10 AM
The trail takes you through Oak Park and River Forest--two communities that boast one of the finest collections of late 19th and early 20th century American architecture, and Concordia College. Oak Park contains the largest collection of Frank Lloyd Wright designed buildings in the world--30 in all--including Wright's own home and studio and Unity Temple. There are many historic sites and museums, including the Hemingway museum and birthplace. You will also walk through Austin Gardens.​

Starting point is Oak Park Visitor Center
1010 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL

March 24 - 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 21 - Wheaton
9:30 AM - 11:30 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.

Register for the self-guided walk any time between 9:30 and 11:30 or join our members for a group walk that will leave the start point at 10 AM.

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

May 5 - Downers Grove

9 AM - 11 AM

Join us as we celebrate Founders Day in Downers Grove. In addition to honoring one of Downers Groves Founders. The Start Point for this year's walk is the Downers Grove Museum, which will be the site of a number of Founder's Day activities. The walk will take us through Downers Groves downtown and through several historic neighborhoods. The Downers Grove Historical Society's theme for 2018 is the Civil War. Events are planned to celebrate Founders Day, including Country in the Park. To commemorate the Civil War, there will the dedication of a plaque in the Main Street Cemetery, displays in the library, and other events throughout the Village.  A schedule of the days events will be available at the start point.

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

May 19 Geneva
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 16 - 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. Congress, Chicago, IL

July 21 - 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.​

August 11 - Downers Grove

10 AM

Starting point is Downers Grove Public Library

1050 Curtiss St, Downers Grove, IL

August 25 - Ottawa

9 AM - 11 AM

​​To commemorate the Illinois Bicentennial, the Windy City Walkers are hosting a walk in Ottawa, site of the first Lincoln-Douglas debate in 1858. Two routes will be available: 10k and 5k, both rated 1b. The trails will start on natural surfaces along I&M Canal and continue on sidewalks and streets in Ottawa taking you into neighborhoods, downtown and Washington Square Park. The trails will conclude on the river walk path from Ottawa to Fox River Park. Highlights of the walk will include: Washington Square Park which has bronze statues of Abraham Lincoln and Stephen Douglas, centered above a reflecting pond and limestone foundation, beautiful murals in downtown Ottawa and a unique statue of "Radium Dial Girl", a memorial honoring the girls who worked painting radium dials many years ago. Ottawa is also home to the Historical and Scouting Heritage Museum, two rivers (Illinois and Fox) and a restored I&M Canal Toll House and replica canal boat.​

Register for the self-guided walk any time between 9 and 11 a.m. or join us for a group walk leaving the start point at 10 a.m.

Starting point is  Fox River Park
1025 Ontario, Ottawa, IL

September 8 - Flossmoor

10 AM

Two 5K loops lead through the leafy streets and past one-time resort homes of friendly Flossmoor. The walk is self-paced with written directions and a map, with the option of a guided group walk at 10 am. Points of interest listed in instructions. Among the highlights of Flossmoor: Incorporated as a resort village in 1924; Known for displays of public art; Link to golfing history derives from 19th century Scottish settlers, as many streets in Flossmoor allude to this heritage. Flossmoor Fest will be taking place the same day, so plan to enjoy entertainment and food booths after the walk.

Starting point is Flossmoor Public Library
1000 Sterling, Flossmoor IL

September 22 - 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 20 - 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 24 - 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 15 - Geneva 

10 AM

Starting point is  Geneva Public Library

127 James St, Geneva, IL ​​

2019 Group Walks

January 19, 2019 - Oak Brook Snow Shoe 
10 AM
Starting point is  Fullersburg Woods Nature Center
3609 Spring Road, Oak Brook, IL

February 16, 2019 - Oak Park

10 AM

Starting point is Oak Park Visitor Center

1010 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL ​​