Category Archives: ACA – Chicagoland and Southeast Wisconsin

ACA Walk and Talk – Wheaton, IL – May 27

Join us for the second Walk and Talk of 2018
Danada Forest Preserve
Wheaton, IL

Sunday, May 27, 2018
9:00 AM

We’ll meet at 9:00am and start walking at 9:15am. Look for breadcrumbs if you arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 1 1/2 mile, and we’ll supply water. All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 2nd Walk and Talk of 2018

Danada Forest Preserve
3S580 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL.
(West side of Naperville Road, south of Butterfield Road (56))

After our walk we will join together for Lunch at the Verdict Restaurant in Wheaton.

Please share this flyer with your ACA Group.

For a complete least of Walk and Talk events for 2018 click here.

First Walk and Talk for 2018 – Lake Zurich – April 29th

Perhaps the truth depends on a walk around the lake. – Wallace Stephens

WALK AND TALK – Lake Zurich, April 29th, SATURDAY 9:00AM

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 1st Walk and Talk of 2018

This is an open event

We’ll meet at 9:00am and start walking at 9:15am. Look for breadcrumbs if you arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 1.5 mile, and we’ll supply water.

Heron Creek Forest Preserve
22890 N. Old McHenry Rd. Lake Zurich, IL.
(South on Route 22, enter off of Old McHenry Road)

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 1st Walk and Talk of 2018.

Let’s get together to share our hearts and soles (get it?)

Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at the Egg Shell Restaurant, 596 W. IL Route 22, Lake Zurich, IL. 847-719-EGGS

Please RSVP to Kathleen A. at 847-946-0170 Thanks!

For additional information please download the flyer below

For a complete list of 2018 Walk and Talk Events click here.

2018 ACA Walk & Talks (and Lunch)

The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup has announced the dates for the 2018 Walk and Talk events. Each Month from April to October on the last Sunday of the month Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to gather with us for a walk, to talk with one another in the great outdoors and then if you would like to join for lunch.

These, as well are Open events for those who might be curious, searching or new.

Bring your walking shoes. We provide the water. We gather at 9:00 and normally start walking by about 9:15 am.

Let’s get together to share our hearts and soles (get it?)

The events for 2018 are as follows

Please download the flyer below for additional information.

Write a Share for Ready Set Go (by 12/1)

The Ready Set Go program is collecting shares for its expanded program.

See the flyers below for full information:

We invite you to share your experience, strength and hope a bout how RSG has worked in your ACA recovery in 400 words or less.

Make up your own topic or use these suggested topics:

  • Experiencing the ACA 12 Steps with RSG Meetings
  • A Lifelong Journe
  • Bridging the Gap of Devastation and Turmoil
  • Leaving Fear and Anxiety Behind Us
  • Seeking to be Happy, Joyous and Free
  • Reaching the Goal of Freedom from the Past!!
  • How RSG has Worked in My Recovery in ACA

Please, include your first name, if you like,
and the date you wrote your share with your titled share.

Send your share and signed release form to Toni

Deadline Dec. 1, 2017

Flyer: Suggested Topics

RSG Copyright Release Form

6th Annual Fall Conference (10/21)

IMPORTANT:  It is important know how many people will be attending our 6th Annual ACA Event.  It affects the seating and ordering of the food and beverages for the day.
Your RSVP is needed by October 13th.
Download the Flyer here.
What:  West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup is reaching out to all Adult Children to attend this very special occasion.  Consider attending the Midwest’s biggest event in of the year.
When: Saturday, October 21, – (8:30am to 3:30pm)
Where:  Barrington United Methodist Church, 98 Algonquin Road, Barrington, IL
At the corner of Route 59 & Algonquin Road (NOT Willow Creek Church) 
What’s Happening:
  • Marcia J. –  WSO Board member, Davenport, IA,  Topic: “Reparenting”
  • Dave L. – Local Therapist,  Topic: “Growing Beyond Trauma”
  • Mary Jo L. – WSO Chair,  Topic: “Crosstalk Workshop – Part B”
  • Silent Auction
  • Raffle
  • Lunch Provided
  • Games
  • Election of Officers & Trustees
  • ACA Fellowship
Who’s invited:  Family, Significant Others, Friends, Co-Workers, Other 12 Step group members are welcome. 

Suggested contribution is $20 at the door.  Exact change would be appreciated.

Attachments area

Walk and Talk 10/28 – Arlington Heights

Join us for the last walk and talk of 2017

Saturday, October 28 @ 12:00 pm

Lake Arlington Pond
2201 N. Windsor Drive
Arlington Heights, IL

Afterwards, we’ll gather for lunchat Artistic Cuisine Restaurant
16 South Bothwell St.
Palatine, IL
(847) 934-0400

Download the Flyer for all information and map.

Next Ready Set Go!! Phone Meetings start 10/2

Ready Set GO!!

ACA WSO Registered Telephone Meetings
TEL 0310
Sponsored By: The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup IG# 70

Dial 1-712-770-8031 Code: 316354

7:00 pm-8:30 pm Central Time

Four consecutive meetings on Mondays for each session

  • Session 1: Oct 2, 9, 16, 23, 2017
  • Session 2: Jan 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018
  • Session 3: March 5, 12, 19, 26, 2018

Download the Ready, Set Go!! Flyer

Ready Set GO!! Meetings are closed ACA meetings for introducing the ACA 12 Steps and
the ACA program over a four week period. Ready Set GO!! is for newer ACA members to
become acquainted with the ACA Twelve Steps. RSG is good preparation to do the ACA 12
Step Workbook when a member feels ready. The experienced member may like to refresh
their recovery.

The material is taken from our Big Red Book and our ACA 12 Step Workbook. It requires those in attendance to listen to the material with an open mind and an open heart and in good faith with a desire to learn about ACA recovery. Ready Set GO!! can be taken over and over again to get more out of it. Requests will be made for Sharing Partners for the 4 weeks.

It is suggested that interested members can go to download and print out the 101 page pdf of the script and the handouts of the Ready Set GO!! material. Print this out in a single sheet format and bring this material to all the meetings. If you cannot print this material you are still welcome to join the meeting for listening, sharing and connecting with other adult children. Just following along with your computer would be just fine.

It is suggested members commit to attending the 4 consecutive meetings in a row to cover
all 12 steps. Our agenda includes:

  • Week 1—The Overview, Steps 1, 2 and 3
  • Week 2—Steps 4 and 5
  • Week 3—Steps 6, 7, 8 and 9
  • Week 4—Steps 10, 11 and 12

The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup website will have all
information for Ready Set GO!! Any questions contact Toni at

Annual Fall Conference – 10/21 (Update)

Join Us!

Saturday, October 21, 2017 8:30 am – 3:00 pm

Download the Annual Conference Flyer

The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup Fall Conference is an exciting opportunity to hear 3 great speakers and enjoy ACA fellowship.

New! Great Speakers, Knowledge and FUN:

  • Marcia J., newly elected Trustee for Davenport, Iowa
  • Dave L., Therapist
  • MaryJo L., Crosstalk Workshop Part B

Who’s Invited:
• ACA Members from Chicagoland, SE Wisconsin + NW Indiana
• Family, Significant Others, Friends, Co-workers
• Members of other 12 Step groups

We welcome ACA Members and friends from Chicagoland, southeast Wisconsin and northwest Indiana.

3 Great Speakers + ACA fellowship

Barrington United Methodist Church
98 Algonquin Road, Barrington, IL
At the corner of Route 59 & Algonquin Road
(Note: this is not Willow Creek Church)

Volunteers Needed:

  • Set up tables / chairs / literature
  • Greeters
  • Cooking and serving
  • Clean-up

Let Kathleen A. know how you can help @ 847-946-0170


New Meeting – Wilmette (Mondays, 6:00)

Join us at: 

St. John’s Lutheran Church (2nd floor)
1235 Wilmette Ave., Wilmette, IL.

Every Monday Night from 6 – 7:00 pm

For more information, please contact Leslie L. at:

This group is open to all and uses a discussion format based on the ACA fellowship book.
All meetings are confidential and the strictest guidelines of anonymity are upheld.

Download the Meeting Flyer