There were a few groups set up in the Chicagoland area for this purpose. I ended up going with a group out of Geneva, IL which is located W/SW of Chicago.
Geneva is a picturesque town, with a busy downtown area lined with cute little shops and a very "small-town-USA" type of atmosphere. Our group was quite diverse with a wide range of ages and skill levels. It was an interesting experience and aside from the photographic aspect of the event itself, provided a great opportunity to network and make new friends.
World Photowalk day has been an annual event for about 5 years now. 2014 was my first year of attendance and I definitely plan to join a group for the 2015 event.
If you're into photography, I strongly recommend you check it out and consider attending (or organizing) one in your corner of the world.
Below, are some images I shot during the walk.
Enjoy and see you next time!