Chicagoland Walk

Join us on September 22, 2018


Welcome to the Out of the Darkness Chicagoland Walk



Will you walk to help save lives and bring hope to those affected by suicide?

When you participate in the Out of the Darkness Walks, you join the effort with hundreds of thousands of people nationwide to raise awareness and funds that allow the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to invest in new research, create educational programs, advocate for public policy, and support survivors of suicide loss. 

As the leader in the fight against suicide, and thank you to walkers like you from cities across the country, AFSP has been able to set a goal to reduce the annual suicide rate 20% by 2025.


Walk Date: 09/22/2018
Walk Location: Upper Hutchinson Field - Grant Park - Chicago, IL
Check-in/Registration Time: 09/22/2018 at 9:00 am
Walk Begins: 11:00 am
Walk Ends: 1:00 pm

For more information, please contact:
Contact Name: Courtney Collins 
Contact Phone: 312-802-9714 
Contact Email:


For additional details including location, walk route, safety information and parking details, click here.

If you need help logging into your page or setting up your personal fundraising page, click here for a step-by-step guide.



How you can Help


Corporate Partnership

Have your business sponsor the Chicagoland Walk.  View sponsorship opportunies or email for additional information.


Share on Social Media

You can help promote the walk in your community! 

Share your story, post photos, invite others to join you for the walk or donate to your fundraising efforts. Social media is a powerful tool!

Please be sure to use the following: @AFSPIL @AFSPChicago #ootdccw


$150+ - Walk t-shirt. Raise $150 by September 22 and receive an official Out of the Darkness Walk t-shirt!

$500-$999 - Red Ribbon Walker. Receive a red ribbon and complimentary gift bag

$1,000+ - Blue Ribbon Walker. Receive a blue ribbon and complimentary gift bag

You can also earn these recognition gifts by fundraising for the walk!

Remember, in addition to fundraising online, you will be able to turn in additional cash or check donations at the registration table the day of the Walk.

*Click here for an offline donation form.



Day of the Walk: Resources & Activities


Education Outreach Community Tent

Make sure to arrive early to allow time to visit the Education Outreach Community Tent. 

This is a great opportunity to gather resources, hear about upcoming events and learn how to get involved with the Illinois Chapter.


Honor Beads

Losing someone to suicide or struggling with a mental illness can feel like no one understands what you are going through. Unlike other illnesses, it is difficult to look at someone and know their connection. This event is a journey of remembrance and a walk that unites a community – a time to acknowledge the ways in which suicide and mental illness have affected our lives and our loved ones.

We all wear honor beads - each color shows our personal connection to the cause, and helps us identify others who understand our experience.

Why I Walk Wall and Memorial Wall

Why I Walk Wall:
Share your story, leave a message of hope or anything you want to share with walkers.

Memorial Wall:
If you are a survivor of suicide loss, we encourage you to bring a non-returnable photo of your loved one to the event to add to the Memorial Wall.




Thank you for your support! We look forward to seeing you at the walk!


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