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What to expect

  • Who: ACA Meetings are made up of people who wish to recover from the effects of growing up in an alcoholic or otherwise dysfunctional homes. Many of us identify with these common survival traits.
  • Duration: ACA meetings are 60 minutes to 90 minutes in duration. There are some two-hour meetings with a break at one hour.
    • Live Meeting Format: The ACA meeting might focus on reading and discussion of ACA literature or a recovery-related topic. Members are asked to avoid intellectualizing the topics. We talk about our feelings and our life experiences and how the literature, Step work or other ACA recovery works in our lives. We share about personal change, working the steps and connecting with our inner child and higher power. We talk openly about our lives and our hope.
    • Telephone and Virtual Meeting Format: Telephone and Virtual meetings are accessible by either Telephone, Smart phone or computer as described in the meeting information. Follow the meeting instructions to gain access. Participants are asked to mute themselves if they are not sharing. There are many formats (described below), but most telephone/virtual meetings have a meeting chairperson who reads guidelines and describes how the format works. Participants take turns reading from the ACA Text. Next, the chairperson asks for volunteers to share, one at a time, about their experience relating to the topic or reading. As with the live meetings, we talk about our feelings and our life experiences and how the literature, step work, or other ACA recovery works in our lives. We share about personal change, working the steps, and connecting with our inner child and higher power.
  • Respect: There is no “cross talk” which means no one interrupts or criticizes what another has to say, members speak only from their own point of view and experience. If there is ever perpetrating behavior, the meeting moderator will drop the perpetrator from the conference calls.

Meeting Search

To find the details on any meetings in this area please go to https://adultchildren.org/meeting-search. There you can choose from a number of meeting locations and times and find information on the whens, wheres and the whos of meetings in our area as well as around the world.

Meeting Locations in West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup

Currently the West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup has meetings originating in the following localities. We are slowly but surely resuming in-person and hybrid meetings. For information please go to the Adult Children Meeting Search Page and drop a note to or call the meeting contact person to see how best to join. A list of Places, Days and times of group meetings in the West Great Lakes Intergroup area is below. Before you go make sure you check with https://adultchildren.org/meeting-search/ and/or the Contact Person.

State – CityLocationDay of WeekTimeMeeting Type
Meeting Content
WSO Number
IL – Antioch Antioch Recovery ClubFriday6:30 PMOpen to all
Steps, Traits
IL0209
IL – Arlington Heights Our Savior’s Lutheran ChurchMonday7:30 PMAdult Children Only
Steps, Speaker, Discussion
IL0191
IL – Batavia 12 Step Fellowship ClubTuesday6:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps, Discussion
IL0222
IL – Blue Island Seak Alano ClubMonday7:30 PMOpen to all
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0221
IL – Chicago Hazelden Chicago Lecture HallSunday11:30 AMAdult Children Only
Beginners, Discussion, Laundry List Workbook
IL0229
IL – Chicago HazeldenSunday8:00 PMAdult Children Only, English
Beginners, Discussion
IL0226
IL – Chicago St. Michael’s ParishMonday6:30 PMOpen to all, Non-smoking
Speaker, Discussion
IL0164
IL – Chicago North Side Alano ClubTuesday8:00 PMOpen to all
Red Book Study, Steps, Speaker
IL0166
IL – Chicago St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal ChurchWednesday6:30 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Beginners
IL0204
IL – Chicago Chicago Bagel AuthorityWednesday6:45 PMOpen to all
Step Writing Group
IL0262
IL – Chicago North Side Alano ClubWednesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study
IL0203
IL – Chicago New Town Alano ClubWednesday8:30 PMOpen to all
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0249
IL – Chicago Above and Beyond Family Recovery CenterThursday12:00 PMOpen to all
Red Book Study
IL0247
IL – Chicago St. Michael’s ParishThursday6:30 PMOpen to all, Non-smoking, LGBTQ Affirming
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0236
IL – Chicago St. Peter’s Catholic ChurchFriday12:15 PMOpen to all, Non-smoking
Strengthening My Recovery, Speaker, Discussion
IL0250
IL – Chicago The Mustard SeedFriday7:00 PMOpen to all, Non-smoking
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0253
IL – Chicago St. Chrysostom’s Episcopal ChurchSaturday10:30 AMOpen to all
Daily Affirmations, Red Book Study, Steps
IL – Chicago Hazelden Chicago Lecture HallSaturday10:30 AMAdult Children Only
Beginners, Steps, Discussion
IL0206
IL – Chicago New Town Alano ClubSaturday7:00 PMOpen to all, LGBTQ Affirming
Beginners, Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0261
IL – Crestwood Calvary Church of the NazareneTuesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
IL0208
IL – Deerfield St. Gregory’s Episcopal ChurchSaturday9:30 AMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps
IL0172
IL – Des Plaines The Dance BuildingMonday7:30 PMAdult Children Only, Non-smoking
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0103
IL – Downers Grove St. Luke’s Presbyterian ChurchTuesday12:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study
IL0193
IL – Elk Grove Village Kenneth Young CenterWednesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only, Non-smoking
Steps, Traits, Discussion
IL0147
IL – Evanston Lake St. Church of EvanstonSaturday3:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0123
IL – Forest Park Monday7:00 PMOpen to all, LGBTQ Affirming
Beginners, Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0195
IL – Hyde Park – Chicago Hyde Park Union ChurchMonday8:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps, Discussion
IL0190
IL – Joliet First Presbyterian ChurchMonday7:30 PMAdult Children Only
Steps, Discussion
IL – La Grange Adventist La Grange HospitalTuesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps, Traditions
IL0233
IL – La Grange Adventist La Grange HospitalSaturday10:00 AMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps, Traditions, Speaker
IL005
IL – Lake Barrington Stillwaters Alano ClubSunday5:30 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps, Traditions
IL0212
IL – Libertyville St. Lawrence Episcopal ChurchMonday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
12 Step Workbook, Steps, Traits, Discussion
IL0210
IL – Loves Park Forest Hills Evangelical ChurchMonday7:00 PMOpen to all
Beginners, Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0239
IL – Naperville St. Timothy Lutheran ChurchTuesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only, Non-smoking
Book Study, Red Book Study, Steps, Discussion
IL0139
IL – Palatine All Saints Lutheran ChurchThursday10:00 AMOpen to all
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL0223
IL – Skokie Skokie HospitalSunday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
Steps, Traits, Discussion
IL004
IL – Tinley Park St. Stephen Catholic ChurchThursday10:00 AMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Discussion
IL – Wilmette St. John’s Lutheran ChurchMonday6:00 PMOpen to all
Discussion
IL0234
IL – Winfield Central DuPage HospitalWednesday6:30 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Steps, Discussion
IL0230
IN – Griffith Adult Children of AlcoholicsMonday10:00 AMAdult Children Only, Beginners and New to ACA Welcome
Book Study, Red Book Study, Steps, Speaker, Discussion
IN0105
IN – Griffith Mansards PlazaThursday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
Red Book Study, Discussion
IN070
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubSunday12:30 PMOpen to all
Traits, Discussion
WI112
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubMonday12:00 PMOpen to all
Daily Affirmations, Discussion
WI110
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubMonday7:00 PMOpen to all
Red Book Study, Steps, Discussion
WI0113
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubTuesday12:00 PMOpen to all
12 Step Workbook, Discussion
WI0125
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubTuesday7:00 PMOpen to all
Strengthening My Recovery, Steps, Discussion
WI081
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubWednesday12:00 PMOpen to all
Strengthening My Recovery, Discussion
WI111
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubWednesday7:00 PMOpen to all, Non-smoking
Inner Child/Loving Parent
WI0147
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubThursday10:00 AMEnglish
Book Study, Discussion
WEB0437
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubThursday12:00 PMOpen to all
Inner Child/Loving Parent
WI0127
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubThursday7:00 PMOpen to all
12 Step Workbook, Discussion
WI108
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubFriday12:00 PMOpen to all
Strengthening My Recovery, Discussion
WI109
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubFriday7:00 PMOpen to all, English, Non-smoking
Talent/No Talent Show
WI0146
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubSaturday11:00 AM
WI0133
WI – Fitchburg Fitchburg Serenity ClubSaturday2:00 PMOpen to all
Strengthening My Recovery, Steps, Discussion
WI098
WI – Madison Plymouth Congregational United Church of ChristMonday5:30 PMOpen to all, Wheel Chair Access, Non-smoking
Inner Child/Loving Parent, Discussion
WI0134
WI – Madison Plymouth Congregational United Church of ChristMonday6:30 PMOpen to all
Daily Affirmations, Red Book Study, Steps, Traditions, Promises, Discussion
WI067
WI – Madison Monona Serenity GroupWednesday12:00 PMOpen to all
Traits, Discussion
WI0130
WI – Madison Plymouth Congregational United Church of ChristSaturday10:30 AMOpen to all, English, Non-smoking
Red Book Study, Discussion
WI076
WI – Mequon Wednesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
Discussion
WI0139
WI – Milwaukee The Pass It On ClubFriday7:00 PMAdult Children Only, English, Non-smoking
Red Book Study, Steps
WI0149
WI – Sheboygan 1907 ClubWednesday9:30 AM
WI – South Kenosha Friday5:30 PMAdult Children Only, English
Beginners, Red Book Study, Speaker, Discussion
WI0141
WI – Wauwatosa Mt Zion Lutheran ChurchFriday7:00 PMAdult Children Only, Non-smoking
Red Book Study, Steps, Traits, Discussion
WI090
WI – West Allis Luther Memorial ChurchTuesday7:00 PMAdult Children Only
Steps, Traditions, Promises
WI077
WI – Wisconsin Dells Wisconsin DellsMonday5:30 PMAdult Children Only, English, Non-smoking
Red Book Study, Steps, Discussion
WI083
WEB – Online Only Online OnlyThursday10:00 AMAdult Children Only, English
Book Study
WEB0437

Remember to check with https://adultchildren.org/meeting-search/ to make sure status of the meeting, at least during our transition back to in-person.