Walk News and Updates

Are you ready to walk with us at…

 
The 2021 Autism Speaks Chicago Walk! 

Outlined below are some helpful tips to assist you with your walk preparation and we ask you to review the details carefully. 

  • All attendees with donations or those who would like to make donations and those that have earned walk day incentives are encouraged to go to the registration tent.  (Please note that fundraising incentives received on walk day are for those who raise $150 or more individually as a walker, not your team total combined.)
  • Check out this year's Guide to Walk Day ahead of attending Walk on Saturday, October 23rd. 

Walk Details
Saturday, October 23rd
Soldier Field - Stadium Green
1410 South Museum Campus Drive
Chicago, IL 60605

Schedule
8:30am Registration and Activities

10:00am Opening Ceremonies
10:15am Walk Begins
11:30am After Party

 Kenny

We are excited to have Chicago’s own Scotty K, On Air Personality for US*99 as our walk emcee!

Entertainment & Activities

  • Kenny Lewis
  • Kidszone Activities
  • Chalk Walk
  • Team Photos and Photobooth with fun photo props
  • The Adrian Morris Band

Parking and Public Transportation

  • By Car: Soldier Field has parking available on a first-come, first-served basis. The Waldron Parking Deck is $25. The entrance to the Deck is at 458 E 18th Drive, just off the 18th Drive exit from Dusable Lake Shore Drive.
  • CTA: Take the CTA Red, Orange, or Green line to the Roosevelt stop.
  • Bus: Walk west from the Roosevelt stop and take the Roosevelt and State Bus #146 to Soldier Field/Field Museum stop. Walk south to Soldier Field South Lot

The Walk Route 

  • The Walk Route will be about a 5K starting through Soldier Field Stadium and around the lakefront. It is handicap accessible and we encourage you to bring strollers, wagons, etc. for your children

Food

  • We will have free granola bars, fruit and water for all participants post walk

Pets 

  • We must ask that you refrain from bringing pets to this event as many of our kids may have difficulty with unfamiliar animals. Again, no pets allowed at during this event. The only exception is certified service dogs.

Turning in Donations on Walk Day

  • If you have not already sent in your donations, you can turn them in on Walk Day at the registration tent.  You will be provided an envelope at the registration tent.  Please make sure you fill the envelope out completely to ensure your donation is credited correctly.  Donations should appear online approximately 2-4 weeks after Walk Day. You can also scan in checks on the walk app and have them credited to your walk page in real time! 

  • Please bring your Participant/Supporter ID # information to the Walk, as it helps us accurately process and allocate all the donations you raised for you and your team! Your Participant/Supporter ID # is located on your walk website HQ

 
Other Important Notes

  • There will be volunteers in green colored shirts making sure that everyone who participates in the Walk is safe and secure, but we would also ask each adult to help us ensure the safety of all children and individuals who may need additional supervision. 
  • Please do not leave children alone at any of the activities, quiet area or food areas. If you have any additional safety concerns please email us at uppermidwest@autismspeaks.org
  • Lost Child area is at Volunteer Check in  
  • Remember this event takes place RAIN OR SHINE. So if we have rain on Walk day be sure to come prepared – we will be there! 
  • A team photo area will be available on walk day. Please check back to our Facebook page to see photos a couple weeks after the walk! We will provide a link to access walk photos. Our Chicago Chapter Instagram handle is at @autismspeakschicago. Please hashtag all photos and posts on ANY social media outlets as #ASC – we will be tracking all hashtags, number of impressions and grabbing photos from there too! And remember, always use #AutismSpeaks on all photos and posts too!