Chicago, Illinois Chapter

The Chicago chapter of American Pilgrims will serve northern Illinois and the area around the southern shore of Lake Michigan. The purpose of local chapters is to keep members connected to the Camino and to introduce new people to the phenomenon. We plan to accomplish this in a number of ways, such as social events, walks, mentoring future pilgrims and serving as a local host for hospitalero training through American Pilgrims.

  • To offer opportunities for local pilgrims to gather and hold events related to the Camino.
  • To mentor future pilgrims, promote the pilgrimage and American Pilgrims through social gatherings.
  • To serve as a local host for hospitalero training in the Chicago area.

The chapter will be scheduling walks, talks, potlucks and much more! These will be listed here but you may also want to check the Local Events page for other events that may be of interest. Contact chapter coordinators Susan Stoltze and John Barrett at [email protected] for more information or to be added to the chapter e-mail list. You can always join the lively discussions on the chapter Facebook page.


Anyone living in the Greater Chicago area who is interested in being on the chapter's e-mail list should contact us at [email protected]. Please include your first and last names and your ZIP-code.

Scheduled Events
Contact us through [email protected] to find out what we're doing!

Monthly Hike
Saturday, September 8, 2018, 9:45 AM - 2:30 PM

The Chicago Chapter will walk five miles north on the Green Bay Trail from Wilmette to Glencoe, where we will have lunch and then return to Wilmette - ten miles total. The plan is to gather at Panera Bread (1199 Wilmette Avenue in Wilmette) at 9:45AM to leave promptly at 10:00AM. At the halfway point, we will have lunch at Meg's Café at 317 Park Avenue, Glencoe. BRING CASH. After lunch we will head back to Wilmette on the same trail. 

The entire trail has a hard surface. Remember to plan for the weather and bring water and snacks. We anticipate that the entire walk including lunch should take about five hours. 

Contact us for further information: Bill Winschief - 847-903-1450 or Susan Stoltze - 847-321-5599 or through [email protected]

Local Pilgrim's Conference and Networking
Wednesday, September 19, 2018, 7:00 - 9:00 PM

The Chicago Chapter invites former and future pilgrims on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela (Way of St. James) to a Gathering on 19 September, 2018, at Ascension Parish in Oak Park, from 7:00 to 9:00 PM.

Come to hear from French hosts who welcome pilgrims from all over the world to their homes on the Via Turonensis (Paris-St. Jean Pied-de Port). Come for table discussion on our own camino: life lessons learned, friends made, graces received. 

Refreshments will be served. Ascension Parish is at 808 S. East Avenue, Oak Park IL 60302. For more information call 708-541-0204 or contact us through [email protected]. Parking is free.

Are you interested in learning more about the Camino?
The Chicago Chapter Camino Mentor Program can pair individuals who have questions about their upcoming Camino with a nearby veteran who can answer questions. Contact [email protected] for details. Experienced Camino walkers and cyclists who would like to serve as mentors should contact us so that you can be added to our resource list. Potential mentors should provide us with your name, ZIP-code and a brief rundown of your experience including walking or cycling, which route and when. Also you can visit American Pilgrims on the Camino on Facebook for great dialogue, photos and a running commentary about the Camino from like-minded pilgrims.

Rev 09/10/18