MARCH 2, 2014


 Come and watch the 86th annual Oscar Award Ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in O'Hare hosted by Autism Speaks!

 VIP Reception: 5:00 p.m.

Ballroom opens at 6:00 p.m. 

 Event Hosted by
WGN's Radio Personalities
Steve Cochran, Comedienne Patti Vazquez and Spike Manton

With the exciting backdrop of the 86th Annual Academy Awards,
this Hollywood-themed benefit features:

Glamorous Red Carpet arrivals and interviews
Plated Dinner and Premium Bar, featuring movie themed cocktails
Silent Auction, Raffle, and Live Auction items including trips to Hollywood,
New York, and much more special celebrity guests and presenters
Special pre-show presentation!

Hotel Parking:
Self Parking is Complimentary
Valet is available for a Fee










On Oscar Night, Sunday, February 24, 2013,Autism Speaks hosted An Evening with the Stars, a red carpet spectacular, with the backdrop of the 85THAnnual Academy Awards® broadcast, at the Intercontinental O’Hare. The Cassatt Ballroom was packed for this glamorous, Oscar-themed celebration that included amazing food, live entertainment, stunning decor, and a star studded red carpet, complete with lights, cameras and lots of action! Over 300 guests celebrated the best of Hollywood while raising money for Autism Speaks.

An Evening with the Stars was also the only Oscar-themed celebration in Chicagoland to benefit children and families struggling with autism, a neurological disorder that affects 1 out of every 88 children.

WGN-TV’sChicago’s Best Ted Brunson served up fun and excitement as the 2013 master of Ceremonies. Chicago comedienne/OWN Network star Patti Vasquez and ABC7’s 190 North Mark Nilsson welcomed guests on the red carpet with their hysterical and entertaining interviews broadcast live inside the Cassatt Ballroom. 

An Evening with the Stars brought Tinsel Town to Windy City, featuring red carpet arrivals, pre-show interviews broadcasted live on the big screens, and live and silent auctions with prizes ranging from dinner-theater packages to all-expense paid trips to Hollywood and the Dominican Republic.

Guests were treated to a very special multi-media segment featuring milestones and accomplishments of individuals on the autism spectrum, with musical accompaniment provided by Chicago recording artist Andrew Salgado and Grammy Award winner, Jim Peterik. Salgado and Peterik, who is best known for his work with the band, Survivor, and Ides of March, have been long-time supporters of Autism Speaks.

The evening culminated with the viewing of the 85thAnnual Academy Awards® telecast on multiple giant screens inside the InterContinental’s Cassatt Ballroom.

Autism Speaks, founded in 2005 by former Chief Executive of NBC Universal and current Vice Chairman, General Electric Bob Wright and his wife, Suzanne, is dedicated to increasing awareness of Autism Spectrum Disorders, to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and cure for Autism, and to advocating for the needs of affected families.

This event is not affiliated with nor endorsed by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences®.

At Autism Speaks, our goal is to change the future for all who struggle with autism spectrum disorders.

We are dedicated to funding global biomedical research into the causes, prevention, treatments, and cure for autism; to raising public awareness about autism and its effects on individuals, families, and society; and to bringing hope to all who deal with the hardships of this disorder. We are committed to raising the funds necessary to support these goals.

Autism Speaks aims to bring the autism community together as one strong voice to urge the government and private sector to listen to our concerns and take action to address this urgent global health crisis. It is our firm belief that, working together, we will find the missing pieces of the puzzle.

Autism Speaks. It's time to listen.