Category Archives: ACA – Chicagoland and Southeast Wisconsin

Chicago Walk & Talk – August 26, 2018

“The longest journey begins with a single step.” ~Lao Tsu


Walk and Talk – August 2018

WHEN: Sunday, August 26th @ 9:00am

WHERE: Montrose Harbor, Cricket Hill Area, 660 W. Montrose Drive, Chicago, IL.

PICNIC LUNCH AFTER: We’ll have a picnic luncheon near Lake Michigan. Pack a lunch or buy one there.

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 cold water.

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

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are welcome to join us for this 5th Walk and Talk of 2018

Please forward this event information to other Adult Children. Please Click below for a flyer to share with your group.

NEW Fall Bi-Annual ACA Retreat

Benet Lake Retreat Center welcomes ACA members



A weekend of reflection, renewal and fellowship

Aug 31, Sept 1 & 2, 2018

Join us for a time of retreat to a place of recovery and explore ACA in the spirit of the traditions. We will focus on how to achieve emotional sobriety in all of Life’s Relationships. Learn how to identify and let go of what’s not working, creating space for healthy, fulfilling relationships with your spouse, partner, family, friends, co-workers, etc.

Welcome to the 4th Northern IL ACA Retreat. The format includes 5 meetings: 1 Friday evening, 3 Saturday, 1 Sunday with a focus on tools and positive takeaways. All meeting topics will be taken from the Big Red Book, presented in the form of a lead given by a preselected attendee, followed by breakout groups for discussion.

There will be time available for optional walk & talks, fellowship at the fire pit in the evening, journaling in the quiet of the gazebo overlooking the lake, or reading in your own private room.

Please join us for this special weekend at Benet Lake to grow in your personal recovery journey.

– Bob S., Retreat Facilitator

A heartfelt Thank You to Brother Pat at the Villa Desiderata for making it possible for me to
facilitate recovery retreats for the past 25 years. I am looking forward to continue working closely with Benet Lake Retreat House to facilitate the best possible programs.


Benet Lake Retreat Center

Aug 31, Sept 1 & 2, 2018

  • The weekend fee of $185.00 includes a private room, meals & program for 3 days and 2 nights.
  • Includes Friday night dinner at 6:00 pm; three meals on Saturday, and breakfast on Sunday.
  • Bring your Big Red Book, journal & writing materials, meditation books that you use to support your recovery.
  • Feel free to contribute snacks, fruit, pop or bottled water for our Hospitality Table.
  • Check in at Registration with Laura F. between 4pm – 6pm on Friday. Laura will see that you are settled in comfortably to ensure the best possible retreat experience.
  • Please arrive in time for the Welcome Dinner on Friday at 6:00 pm.
  • 50/50 Raffle at the retreat – tickets will be sold Fri & Sat; drawing on Sunday morning. Winner receives 50% of proceeds, other 50% goes to assist with retreat expenses.
  • The event concludes at 12:00 pm on Sunday. We are self-cleaning, your participation is important.
  • Please help spread the word by circulating this flyer at meetings and inviting your fellow ACA travelers!

This is a safe & sober event! – Thank you, Bob

Detach & Mail check & form below to:
Bob S, 103 S Rohlwing Rd, Palatine, IL 60074
Cell/Text: 847-800-3137

Text or Call Bob for Last Name prior to mailing – for envelope.
Do not mail to Retreat Center!

For a flyer to share with your group please click below.

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