The BridgeWalk 2017

This September, the HOPE Board at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital invites you to do something you’ve probably always wanted to do...

...take a walk...

...across 18 bridges on the Chicago River.

Experience the city like you never have before and help bring hope to moms and babies in need.

By taking a walk, you can help raise critical funds for the fight against newborn HIV.
That’s the goal for the BridgeWalk 2017.

The BridgeWalk 2017 is a totally unique, self-directed walk. There’s no specific event date or grand kickoff celebration you have to show up for. It’s an effort intentionally designed to give you maximum flexibility, so you can complete it on your terms.

There are three simple guidelines:

  1. Walk the 18 bridges
    The path of the BridgeWalk 2017 extends over 18 bridges on the Chicago River, from Lake Shore Drive to Van Buren. This is a very modest distance of approximately 4 miles if you walk strictly from bridge to bridge using the available riverwalk and nearby sidewalks between each bridge. You can start at either end of the designated path for the walk, at Lake Shore Drive or VanBuren. Despite the direction you walk, you will cover all 18 bridges (barring any city construction, that is).
  2. Walk in the month of September
    You have the thirty days of September to do your walk, but it’s your choice exactly when and how you want to complete the walk. Feel like doing it on a Sunday morning at 9am? That’s absolutely fine. Maybe you want to fit it in over a lunch break during the week? That’s ok too! The beauty of the BridgeWalk 2017 is that it’s totally up to you when you do it, how you do it...just walk sometime in September 2017.
  3. Raise funds for HOPE
    By signing up to do the BridgeWalk 2017, you are committing to raise money for HOPE at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. The fundraising target for every walker is $1000 (if you are signing up as part of a team, please see the REGISTER page for team goals). Every dollar you raise goes directly to HOPE, to help reduce and prevent HIV in newborn babies at Northwestern.