Walk for Special Olympics Chicago

The Walk for Special Olympics Chicago is a 2 mile untimed walk that starts after the Hot Chocolate 5k/15k race. Please note that Walk participants will enjoy a different start time, course, and finish line than the Hot Chocolate 15k/5k. Walk for Special Olympics Chicago participants will not be able to start/race/finish with 5k/15k participants.

Special Olympics transforms lives through the joy of sport, every day, everywhere. They are the world’s largest sports organization for people with intellectual disabilities: with more than 4.5 million athletes in 170 countries -- and millions more volunteers and supporters. They are also a global social movement. Click here to make a donation to Special Olympics Chicago, or visit their website to learn more about the athletes!

Through the power of sports, people with intellectual disabilities discover new strengths and abilities, skills and success. Special Olympics athletes find joy, confidence and fulfillment -- on the playing field and in life. They also inspire people in their communities and elsewhere to open their hearts to a wider world of human talents and potential.

As a special thank-you, Special Olympics Chicago will award two round-trip United Airlines tickets to the Walk for Special Olympics fundraiser who raises the most money! The tickets are valid for travel to the contiguous United States, Alaska, Canada, Mexico and the Caribbean, with travel dates through December 31, 2016. To begin fundraising: login to your account, open the "My Account" tab in the upper right corner of the screen, and select "View Fundraising" next to your Walk registration to set up your page!

Date & Time
  • Sunday, October 30th, 2016
  • Walk start time: 9:15am
  • Walk Arrival Time: 7:30am
Goodie Bag
Adult Walkers

The 2016-2017 Hot Chocolate goodie bag is a full-zip, fitted jacket with a cozy hood. You'll love the practical thumboles and slimming design. Deep front pockets are ideal for storing your keys or phone. Available in men's and women's cuts. Fit matters! We offer a participant swap area at the Expo, so check it out to see what sizes we have available.

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Child Walkers

We’re proud to outfit our runners in killer swag. All participants signed up as a child for the Walk for Special Olympics Chicago will score an awesome race tee.

  • comfy + lightweight
  • kids sizes available
  • comes in reusable drawstring bag

Packet Pickup Info

The Hot Chocolate Expo is coming to the Chicago! Come to the Hot Chocolate Expo to pick up your packet, which includes a race day bib and goodie bag. If you can't make it to any of the Expo days, don't fret; you're welcome to send a friend or family member to Expo to pick up your race day necessities - as long as they come armed with a copy of everyone's registration confirmation. Five packets per person max, please! Due to the sheer volume of Hot Chocolate Chicago participants, there is no race day packet pick-up.

  • Location
  • McCormick Place
    Skyline Ballroom, West Building
  • 2301 S King Dr
  • Chicago, IL 60616
  • Dates & Times:
  • Friday, Oct. 28th, 2016 10am to 7pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 29th, 2016 10am to 6pm

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