Alcoholics Anonymous Meetings in Illinois

Name alcoholicsAddressSchedule
10am Meeting887 E Wilmette Rd ste d, Palatine, IL 60074
Monday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Sunday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Thursday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Friday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
11th St Our Primary Purpose Alano Club of Rockford1210 11th Street, Rockford, IL, 61101
Saturday, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
11th St. Our Primary Purpose1210 11th St, Rockford, IL 61104
Saturday, 9:00 am - 10:00 am
12 & 127525 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60634
Saturday, 10:00 am - 11:00 am
12 & 127438 Harrison St, Forest Park, IL 60130
Tuesday, 6:30 am - 7:30 am
12 & 12142 Washington St, Woodstock, IL 60098
Wednesday, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Friday, 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
12 & 12 Chicago – Recovery House4200 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago, IL 60641
Tuesday, 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Tuesday, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Thursday, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Wednesday, 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
12 & 12 Study – Chicago Mustard Seed507 W North Ave, Chicago, IL 60610
Thursday, 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday, 10:30 am - 11:30 am
12 & 12 – Chicago8142 S Kedzie Ave, Chicago, IL 60652
Monday, 6:00 pm - 7:20 pm
12 and 12 Crystal Lake36 North Virginia Street, Crystal Lake, IL, 60012
Thursday, 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm

What is Alcoholics Anonymous?

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) is an international fellowship of men and women who have had a drinking problem. It is nonprofessional, self-supporting, multiracial, apolitical, and available almost everywhere. AA groups meet regularly to help members achieve sobriety through following the 12-step program.

AA Meetings in Chicago

River North Group

Address: 300 W Ontario St, Chicago, IL 60654


  • Monday – Friday at 12:00 pm (open, speaker meeting)
  • Tuesday at 6:00 pm (closed meeting for alcoholics only)
  • Saturday at 6:30 pm (open, speaker meeting)

Lincoln Park Group

Address: 2263 N Lincoln Ave, Chicago, IL 60614


  • Sunday at 10:30 am (open, discussion meeting)
  • Wednesday at 7:30 pm (open, step meeting)
  • Friday at 8:00 pm (open, speaker meeting)

AA Meetings in Springfield

Downtown Group

Address: 221 S Grand Ave W, Springfield, IL 62704


  • Monday at 12:00 pm (closed meeting for alcoholics only)
  • Tuesday and Thursday at 7:30 pm (open, discussion meeting)
  • Saturday at 5:30 pm (open, speaker meeting)

The 12 Steps of AA

Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) outlines a 12-step program to help members achieve and maintain sobriety. The steps aim to motivate members toward positive change across Illinois.

  1. We admitted we were powerless over alcohol—that our lives had become unmanageable.
  2. Came to believe that a Power greater than ourselves could restore us to sanity.
  3. Made a decision to turn our will and our lives over to the care of God as we understood Him.
  4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves.
  5. Admitted to God, to ourselves, and to another human being the exact nature of our wrongs.
  6. Were entirely ready to have God remove all these defects of character.
  7. Humbly asked Him to remove our shortcomings.
  8. Made a list of all persons we had harmed, and became willing to make amends to them all.
  9. Made direct amends to such people wherever possible, except when doing so would injure them or others.
  10. Continued to take personal inventory and when we were wrong promptly admitted it.
  11. Sought through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understood Him, praying only for knowledge of His will for us and the power to carry that out.
  12. Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to alcoholics, and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

Getting Started with AA in Illinois

Use the meeting search on to find local meetings in your area. Both in-person and online/virtual meetings are available in most places across Illinois.

Attending Your First Local AA Meeting

AA meetings in Illinois may be “open” or “closed.” Open meetings welcome anyone interested in Alcoholics Anonymous. Closed meetings are for those who have a desire to stop drinking.

Meeting TypeDescription
OpenAnyone can attend
ClosedFor those with a desire to stop drinking

When attending your first local AA meeting:

  • Arrive early and introduce yourself as a new member
  • Share your experiences if you feel comfortable

Receive welcome keychain tags marking sobriety milestones:

  • 30 days
  • 60 days
  • 90 days
  • 6 months
  • 9 months
  • 1 year
  • 18 months