Category Archives: 2017 ACA Events


Welcome to the list of 2017 ACA Events. The West Great Lakes Intergroup sponsors most of these events. A few of these events are not sponsored by the Intergroup. We think they may be of interest to ACA fellow travelers.

Please Attend!

We encourage you to consider attending an event. Get more information about the event by emailing the webmaster at We will forward your message to the appropriate person. That person will follow up with you regarding your question.

Length of Posting

We will leave these events posted on the West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup web site for the remainder of 2017 and all of 2018. We will do this so that fellow travelers can see the number and kind of events sponsored by the West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup and the meetings that are affiliated with it.

Holiday Party – Arlington Heights 12/18

What: Pizza, potluck, beverages and desserts – plus, a great talk on recovery (pre-recorded) followed by a “mini-meeting.”

Bring: Yourself, a friend, good cheer and a little something to share. Please consider a seventh tradition donation to offset the cost of pizza.

Monday, December 18, 2017, 7:00 pm

Our Saviour’s Luthern Church
1234 N. Arlington Heights Rd.
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
ROOM 110

Download The Flyer

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


ACA Walk and Talks in 2017

How ACA Walk and Talks work:

1. Add these dates to your calendar
2. We gather at the chosen location and find a path to walk
3. We walk and talk for an hour to an hour and one-half
4. Lunch (optional) follows at a local restaurant.

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

We will provide cold water!

Share the word about these Walk + Talks with other ACA’s!!!

Walk and Talk Locations & Dates

  • Lake Forest, IL – Saturday, April 29, 12:00PM
    Middlefork Savanna Forest Preserve, 1401 Middlefork Drive, Lake Forest, IL.
    (Off of Waukegan Road (43), North of Route 60 + South of Route 176)
    Lunch: Egg Harbor Café – 512 North Western Avenue, Lake Forest, IL 847-295-3449
  • Darien, IL – Saturday, May 27, 12:00PM
    Water Fall Glen Forest Preserve – Intersection of Cass & Northgate Roads, Darien, IL.
    Lunch: Portillo’s – 7195 Kingery Hwy (Route 83), Willowbrook, IL 630-789-0909
  • Barrington – Saturday, June 24, 12:00PM
    Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve, 24205 West Cuba Road, Barrington, IL
    (Cuba Road & NW Highway)
    Lunch: Frantonio’s Italian Deli and Café, 421 N. Northwest Highway Barrington, IL
    (Located on Rt. 14 between Lake Cook Rd. and Barrington Library.) 847-382-2997
  • Wheaton – Saturday, July 29, 12:00PM
    Danada Forest Preserve, 3s580 Naperville Road, Wheaton, IL.
    (West Side of Naperville Rd., south of Butterfield Rd (56))
    Lunch: Verdict Restaurant – 600 County Farm Rd., Wheaton, IL 630-871-0699
  • Chicago, Montrose Harbor – Saturday, August 26, 12:00PM
    Cricket Hill Area, 660 W. Montrose Dr., Chicago, IL.
    (Off Lake Shore Drive between W. Wilson Dr. & W. Montrose Ave)
    Lunch: Golden Pancake House, 4744 N Broadway, Chicago, IL.
    (Between Leland Ave & Clifton Ave. ) 773-334-0406
  • Lake Zurich – Saturday, September 30, 12:00PM
    Heron Creek Forest Preserve – 22890 N. Old McHenry Road, Lake Zurich, IL.
    (South on Route #22, enter off Old McHenry Rd)
    Lunch: Egg Shell Restaurant – 596 W. IL Route 22, Lake Zurich, IL 847-719-EGGS
  • Arlington Heights – Saturday, October 28, 12:00PM
    Lake Arlington Pond, 2201 Windsor, Arlington Heights, IL
    Lunch: Artistic Cuisine – 16 South Bothwell Street, Palatine, IL 847-934-0400

Download the Flyer

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List of 2017 ACA Walk and Talks


Walk and Talk – 8/26 Chicago

Saturday, August 26 @ 12:00 pm

Download the Flyer 

We’ll meet at 12:00pm and start walking at 12:15pm. Look for breadcrumbs if you arrive late. We normally walk for 1 or 11/2 mile, and we’ll supply water.

Montrose Harbor, Cricket Hill Area
660 W. Montrose Dr., Chicago, IL.
(Off Lake Shore Drive between W. Wilson Dr. + W. Montrose Ave.)

All Adult Children of Alcoholics and other dysfunctional families are
welcome to join us for this 5th Walk and Talk of 2017

Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at the Golden Pancake House,
4744 N. Broadway, Chicago, IL. 773-334-0406

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

2017 ACA Fellowship Picnic 8/20 (Minneapolis)

You’re invited to the 2017 ACA Fellowship Picnic.
Family and Friends are Welcome!

Download Flyer: 2017 ACA 2nd Fellowship Picnic Flier

Speaker: Joshua S.
Date: Sunday, August 20
Time: 11:30 to 2:30 pm
Location: Minnehaha Park, Wabun picnic area (Shelter B)
4801 S Minnehaha Drive
Minneapolis, MN 55417

Join us at the second annual Adult Children of Alcoholics (ACA) Fellowship picnic,
open to ACA members and their family and friends, as well as people from other 12
step groups.

Joshua S. — the second presenter in our Speaker Series—will share his experience
and insights on the hopeful promise of the ACA journey in a talk entitled “Emotional
Sobriety & Finding Your True Self”.

  • burgers and veggie burgers, buns, iced tea and water will be provided (along
    with plates, utensils and condiments).
  • bring something to share if you can
  • relax, chat, meet new people
  • play frisbee golf or other silly games if you want — win door prizes, too
  • most of all enjoy yourself and help us connect our wider ACA community!
    Light refreshments will be served.

Questions? Call 763-574-0903 or email
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