Profile: Loreen Walks 1,000 Miles Around Lake Michigan -- Join Her for the Final 10 Miles!

by crandell | 08/19/2009


Chicagoans can enjoy fantastic waterfront walking and biking on our city's 18.5-mile path along the shores of Lake Michigan, but have you ever wondered what it would be like if you didn't stop and just kept going? Writer Loreen Niewenhuis from Battle Creek, Mich., is finding out on a 1,000-mile walk around the perimeter of Lake Michigan, which she plans to write a book about. She stepped off from Navy Pier on March 16 and is walking counter-clockwise around the lake. The most recent leg of her trip got her as far as Manitowoc, Wis. You can read about her journey on her blog at Loreen is inviting people to join her on the Chicago lakefront on September 26, 2009, for the last 10 miles of her trek -- see the bottom of this post for details.

Why did you decide to do a 1,000-mile walk around Lake Michigan?

Profile: Sharon's Walk to Work

by crandell | 11/07/2007


Lakeview resident Sharon understands that walking is transportation, and regularly makes her six mile commute between home and the Loop on foot. Sharon works as the head of an IT department for a large foundation. Her commute is a great example for the rest of us, and a reminder that we live in a great city where six miles can actually be an enjoyable walk. Many of us are lucky enough to have the option of walking home at the end of the day -- let's take advantage of it more often.

So you walk to work every day from Lakeview to the Loop? How long does it take you?

I try to get 5 or more walking trips in each week. Sometimes I walk to work, sometimes I walk home, sometimes (but rarely) I do both.

It takes me 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Yeah, that's a long walk, so it makes sense you'd usually just do it one-way. What route do you take for the walk?