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Category: 2018 ACA Events

Welcome to the list of 2018 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 2018 and all of 2019. 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.

Join us for your 6-Minute Graduation in Fitchburg

Attention, Dreamers and Schemers,

The 6-Minute Graduation * will take place on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at 3:30 pm in the Fitchburg Serenity Club Ballroom,located at 6048 McKee Road, Fitchburg, WI 53719.

Have you ever wanted to do something over, or to be recognized for all the hard, but rewarding recovery work that you have done?

Here is your opportunity to create new, positive memories with your ACA Fellow Travelers.

Join us for an afternoon of sharing, feelings, and food as we have fun and celebrate our growth.

People who choose to participate will be given time to share. Others may choose to simply be present in the audience.

For more information or to sign up to share, please contact Jan R. at 608-219-1057.

Potluck: Please bring a dish to pass. Music and dancing. 

All are welcome.

*We time our shares at Fitchburg. Typically, 6 minutes is the maximum amount of time a person gets to share. Actual time will depend on the number of people participating.

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.

Ready, Set, GO!! Telephone Meetings – 3rd Quarter 2018

Ready Set GO!!

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ACA WSO Registered Telephone Meetings
With Screen Sharing

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Sponsored By: The West Great Lakes ACA Intergroup IG# 70

Four consecutive meetings on Mondays for each session
7:00pm-8:30pm Central Time

8:30pm-9:00pm, Sharing Partner Signup,
Extended Sharing Time, Email/Phone Exchange, Q & A

Session 1: August 6, 13, 20, 27, 2018
Session 2: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 2018
Session 3: October 8, 15, 22, 29, 2018

Dial-in number (US): (712) 451-0695
Access code: 177289#
International dial-in numbers:
Online meeting ID: acatoni5617
Join the online meeting:
For 24/7 Customer Care, call (844) 844-1322

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 to volunteer to be a Sharing Partners for the 4 weeks.

Go to to get the material for the meetings. Click on RSG materials.
If you choose to join the online meeting you will not need to print out any material. RSG will be displayed on screen sharing. If you choose to printout only print pages 25 through 107 for the RSG meetings. If you have no computer and cannot view the material you will be OK just listening. When the material is no longer available on the West Great Lakes ACA IG website just email Toni at and you will receive the link with all the material. Browse through the other parts of RSG. Feel free to send
comments to

For a flyer to share with your group, click below:


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.

Long Grove Walk and Talk – Sunday, July 29, 9:00 am

“In every walk with nature one receives far more than he seeks.” ~John Muir

Walk and Talk – Long Grove

Sunday, July 29, 2018 @ 9:00am

Reed Turner Woodland Nature Center,
3849 Old McHenry Rd, Long Grove, IL

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  4th Walk and Talk of 2018

Afterwards we’ll gather for LUNCH at Smokin’ T’s Bar B Que,
22 & Old McHenry Rd. Long Grove, IL. 847-726-0726

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

We will provide cold water!

Please click below for a flyer to share with your group:

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A One Day Intro – July 21, Fitchburg

A One Day Introduction to the language, concepts and actions of taking the 12 steps

Adult Children of Alcoholics and Other Dysfunctional Families

A 12 step program with a central focus of developing emotional sobriety


Saturday, July 21st 9AM sharp! (until about 4PM)

Upstairs Ball Room at the Fitchburg Serenity Club, 6048 McKee Road, Madison, WI 53725,

Please click the picture below for a flyer to share with your group or hang on your wall!

For more information please email:


Announcing Our 3rd Annual ACA Retreat

As of June 19 the retreat center has made more rooms available. Get yours now!

HEAR YE             HEAR YE
JUNE 22 – 24   2018
– The Steps We Take – 
facilitated by Bob S.!!
New location! Private rooms! Air Conditioning! Quiet retreat seeing on Benet Lake!
The 12 Steps are the core of our recovery, along with the 12 Traditions. 
Come and learn, grow, laugh and enjoy the company of fellow travelers.

ACA Walk and Talk, Barrington, IL – June 24

Walk and Talk, Barrington – Sunday, June 24, 9:00am
Cuba Marsh Forest Preserve, 24205 West Cuba Road, Barrington, IL
(Cuba Road & NW Highway)

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.

Frantonio’s Italian Deli and Café, 421 N. Northwest Highway Barrington, IL
(Located on Rt. 14 between Lake Cook Rd. and Barrington Library.)

Click the image below for a flyer to share with your group

Click here for a complete list of 2018 Walk and Talks:

Deerfield ACA 30th Anniversary Celebration

Deerfield Adult Children of Alcoholics & Dysfunctional Families

30-Year Anniversary

We invite you to celebrate with us on

Saturday, September 8, 2018

8:30 AM–1:30 PM

St. Gregory’s Episcopal Church, Deerfield Rd. at Wilmot Ave.

Deerfield, IL 60015

Open Meeting followed by Fellowship and Food

Al E. will give a lead

“Forty Years in Recovery: What’s It Like?”

Click Here for a Flyer to share with your group

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.