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The Autism Speaks Walk is FREE, but it is our largest fundraising event to enhance the lives of people with autism today and accelerate a spectrum of solutions for tomorrow. Funds raised help fuel innovative research and make connections to critical lifelong supports and services. Your fundraising efforts empower our work and fuel our continued commitment to an inclusive world where all people with autism, across the spectrum and throughout the lifespan, can reach their full potential.

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

Address
Sunday, October 23rd
Cantigny Park
1 S 151 Winfield Road
Wheaton, IL 60189

Schedule
9:00am Registration and Activities
10:00am Opening Ceremonies
10:15am Walk Begins
11:45 Final Announcements

Arrive Early!
Day of registration and our Resource/Sponsor Area will open at 9:00 a.m. The Opening Ceremonies will begin at 10:00 a.m. with the Walk immediately following (about 10:15 a.m.). The Walk is a 5K. which will travel through the beautiful grounds of Cantigny Park. Strollers, wheelchairs, and wagons are permitted.

Entertainment & Activities
Autism Speaks Mission Areas
Why I Walk Speakers
Coloring/Tattoo Station
Photobooth with fun photo props
Balloon artist and face painter
Costumed Characters
Sponsor Booths
and more!

Parking:
Parking for the Suburban Chicago Walk will be right on the Cantigny Park grounds.  Parking will be both plentiful and free. 

Check out our Guide to Walk Day for a simple, yet detailed description of what Walk day will be like. Click on the image below:

Suburban Chicago Guide to Walk Day 2022

Check-In/Registration/Donations:
Check-In/Registration opens at 8:00 a.m. for anyone needing to register walk day or turn in cash or check donations. Be sure to also download the Autism Speaks Walk app to scan and deposit checks directly.

T-Shirts & Recognition Program:
All walkers who INDIVIDUALLY RAISE $150 or more will receive an official 2022 Suburban Chicago commemorative walk t-shirt.

All walkers who INDIVIDUALLY RAISE $1,000 or more will also receive a grand club pin and some special treats. These incentives will be available at our Grand Club tent.

All teams that COLLECTIVELY RAISE $1,000 or more by 10/14 will receive a custom team sign.

All teams that COLLECTIVELY RAISE $5,000 or more by 10/14 will receive a team tent in Team Village.

Check out our other fantastic fundraising incentives that you can fundraise for until November 23, 2022. Walkers will receive an email to redeem.

Social Media:
We would love for you to tag us! Our Chicago Chapter Instagram handle is at @autismspeakschicago. Please hashtag all photos and posts on ANY social media outlets as ##ASWalkWeekend and #ChiWalkWeekend – 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!

Snacks and Refreshments:
We will have bottled water, granola, and fresh fruit (while supplies last).

Lost Child:
There will be volunteers, staff, and security making sure everyone who participates in the Walk is safe. In the event you find a lost child or a parent looking for a child, stay with that parent or child, and take him/her to the Check-In/Registration tent. Autism Speaks staff and onsite security will be notified from there.

Quiet Tent:
Sometimes the environment at an Autism Speaks Walk can become overwhelming for people with sensory sensitivities. All of our walks allow access to a quiet space that can be used as a safe outlet if you or your loved one living with autism becomes overwhelmed.

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.

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
• 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!