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AS2YP Chicago hosts Double Denim Bar Crawl

May 02, 2013

On Saturday, April 20, 2013, Autism Speaks to Young Professionals Chicago hosted the 5th annual Double Denim Bar Crawl (DDBC) on the streets of Wrigleyville, home of the Chicago Cubs. Over 250 guests decked out in denim packed the bars, purchased raffle tickets, participated in various competitions and most importantly, raised awareness and over $4,700 for Autism Speaks! With a Twitter hash tag as #HugeParty, what else could be expected?

The bar crawl was aggressive in its goals:

1.       Raise $3,000 for Autism Speaks

2.       Make it to all 8 bars

3.       Recruit guests to wear at least 2 pieces of denim

4.       Throw a #HugeParty

Huge congratulations to the committee, especially chair, Ben Warner, for a wonderful job done and success in achieving and surpassing all goals. 2013’s DDBC marked the first year with Double Denim Bar Crawl as an official Autism Speaks to Young Professionals (AS2YP) event. A fun time was had by all, and the 250 strong decked out in denim raised eyebrows, but more importantly awareness.

Here are some major highlights from the day:

AS2YP member and longtime DDBC committee member, Courtney Read, heads up registration at Sluggers.








Guests checking out their goodie
bags filled with gift certificates to Denim Lounge, the DDBC schedule, Autism Speaks information, and the ever popular temporary tattoos. 









 Nancy Reith is named the 2013 Denim Princess at Rockwood Place










A few hopefuls trying to win the Rock, Paper, Scissors tournament presented by LTS Chicago at Dark Horse. The winner took home a Summer Co-Ed Volleyball !







DDBC leader, Ben Warner, leading the pack to the next watering hole.







 Major thanks to DDBC’s host bars: Sluggers, Red Ivy, Irish Oak, Rockwood Place, Bar Celona, Houndstooth, Redmonds, Dark Horse, Stretch, and Cheesie’s Pub and Grub. Additional thanks to the Denim Lounge, LTS Chicago, Irish Oak, and Bar Celona for their donations to DDBC. SUPER thanks to all the guests that made this a #HugeParty. Lastly, #HugeShoutout to Monika Kocol for taking such great photos of the event. Click here to view the entire album on Facebook.

For more information about Double Denim Bar Crawl please visit or e-mail Ben Warner at

For more information about Autism Speaks to Young Professionals, please visit, e-mail, or “Like” us on Facebook.

Congratulations again on a great Double Denim Bar Crawl! See you all in 2014!