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Chef's Soiree

Fill your plate for 1 in 68 at the second annual Chef's Soiree on Thursday, November 6, 2014 at Ignite Glass Studio in the West Loop.  Experience a culinary buffet prepared by some of Chicago's most renowned chefs, led by Federico Comacchio of Coco Pazzo.  Ina Pinkney, our hostess with the mostess, will entertain the crowd as you will also get to bid on great auction packages. 

Contact: JoseMacias at or visit


Light It Up Blue for World Autism Awareness Day 

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.


Early Access to Care

The Early Access to Care initiative seeks to reduce the average age of diagnosis and icrease access to high quality intervention.  We have our screening event on October 18, 2014 at Educare Family Center, 5044 S. Wabash Ave, Chicago, IL.  Contact: for more information.


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

Join the committee and help us at the Light it Up Blue Cocktail Reception hosted by AS2YP on April 26th, 2014 at Block 37! Get your blue cocktail attire to celebrate Autism Awareness Month!

Contact: Sara and Austin at or visit


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 


Walk Now for Autism Speaks– Chicago and North Shore

Join hundreds and thousands of walkers at the signature event for Autism Speaks: the annual Walk Now for Autism Speaksevents. We have two in the Chicagoland area: Chicago at Soldier Field on May 17 and North Shore at New Trier High School Northfield Campus on May 4. Create your team or join an existing one! We’d love to have you!


Team Up! with Autism Speaks

Join us at the Bank of America Shamrock Shuffle, Rock ’n’ Roll Half Marathon, or the Bank of America Chicago Marathon in 2014! We’re looking for volunteers, committee members, and runners! Visit to register for recruitment e-mails!


Ride for Autism Speaks

Join us September 21, 2014! 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 the Iron Horse Saloon in Lockport, IL.  Visit to register today!  Contact: for more information!


Autism Speaks Community Ambassadors Program

Community Ambassadors help connect Chicago families with the free resources, tools and services that Autism Speaks offers. To date, more than 100 volunteers are trained ambassadors and perform outreach into the community for the 100 Day Kit (available in English and Spanish), the Asperger Syndrome/High Functioning Autism Tool Kit and the Transition Tool Kit. This program is helping to connect families with resources when they need us most.


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 Chicagoland office? We could certainly use help! Check out our Facebook Page for one-off opportunities or contact for internship opportunities.