AIDS Run & Walk Chicago, Saturday morning

Sat. October 1, 2011 6:14 AM by News Staff

aids run & walk 2010

photo credit // anthony meade

Start time 8:30 a.m. in Grant Park

Chicago, IL - More than 8,000 people are expected to participate in the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago taking place Saturday morning at Columbus and Balbo in Grant Park.

Proceeds benefit the AIDS Foundation of Chicago and the programs/services of more than 125 local HIV/AIDS organizations. The event, which starts at 8:30 a.m., features a 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk.

This year marks an HIV/AIDS milestone as 2011 is the 30th anniversary of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention's first official recognition of the disease.
AIDS Run & Walk Chicago features live entertainment and on-site Health & Fitness Village, hosted and sponsored by the Illinois Department of Public Health. The event will feature performances by: R&B artists Nehemiah Akbar and Adam Emil, Windy City Cowboys, Chicago Spirit Brigade and more.

The first 6,000 participants who register and pickup their packet and bib will receive the official AIDS Run & Walk Chicago dry fit, long-sleeved shirt.

Last minute registration is available at 8 a.m. in the Upper Hutchinson Field at Grant Park.

The new run and walk route for the AIDS Run & Walk Chicago as well as the State Street festival this weekend will impact traffic with street closures. All east/west streets between Roosevelt and Randolph, and Michigan and Lake Shore Drive will be close to vehicles at 6:45 a.m. State Street will be closed throughout the weekend.

CTA bus routes will be effected with CTA trains operating as scheduled. Updates available at

Event organizers recommend parking garages in Grand and Millennium Parks.

Since it was established in 2001, AIDS Run & Walk Chicago has netted more than $3 million to battle the epidemic.

More information and updates at