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Autism Speaks in Illinois

At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorder. We are dedicated to the following:

·         Science and Research - leading us to answers and interventions

·         Family Services - providing families with information, tools and resources

·         Awareness - increasing public knowledge and understanding of autism

·         Advocacy - accelerating national and state autism legislation

We have many ways to get involved and seek the support you and your family could value from. Here are just a few:

2016 Light It Up Blue and Walk Kick off Party

The United Nations designated April 2 as World Autism Awareness Day to galvanize international efforts to promote greater understanding about autism. In Chicago, we commemorate this day with our Light It Up Blue awareness campaign, educational events and fundraising promotions. This year we are going to gather to celebrate at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Please click here for event details!


Illuminate, A Light It Up Blue Cocktail Reception Hosted By AS2YP Chicago

Join us at the Light it Up Blue Cocktail Reception hosted by AS2YP on April 16th, 2016 at Revel Fulton Market! Get your blue cocktail attire to celebrate Autism Awareness Month! Click here to get your tickets:


Autism Speaks to Young Professionals

Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) is comprised of rising executives and professionals ages 21 – 40 who are engaging a new generation to achieve Autism Speaks’ vision to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders. As ambassadors they volunteer their time and talents to increase awareness, raise funds and serve as active members of the autism community. Contact: or visit 


Autism Speaks Walks – Chicago and North Shore

Join hundreds and thousands of walkers at the signature event for Autism Speaks: the annual Autism Speaks Walks. We have two in the Chicago area: Chicago at Soldier Field on May 14 and North Shore at New Trier High School Northfield Campus on April 24. Create your team or join an existing one! We’d love to have you!


Team Up! with Autism Speaks

Join us at the Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon or the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2016! We’re looking for volunteers, committee members, and runners! Visit to register for recruitment e-mails!


Ride for Autism Speaks

Join us September 20, 2016! Hundreds of bikers, families, friends and supporters ride through the scenic Chicago suburban countryside to raise funds for autism research and awareness. We start at Fox River Harley-Davidson in St. Charles, with our after party at Skooters RoadHouse in Shorewood.  Visit to register today!  Contact: for more information!


Internships and Ongoing Volunteer Opportunities

Can you believe that with all of these events going on, we only have five full time staff members in the Chicago office? We could certainly use help! Check out our Facebook Page for one-off opportunities or contact for internship opportunities.

Please email or call 224-567-8573 at any time to connect to your Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter staff person. Also, connect to Autism Speaks Chicagoland Chapter through Facebook and our Monthly ENewsletter!

Click through the sidebars to the left to join us at our annual events with your family and friends, or volunteer for our local events and mission. We look forward to seeing you soon!