The University of Chicago Medicine offers classes, events and support groups, both on- and off-campus and virtually, to help you lead a healthy, happy life. In addition, our Office of Community Affairs provides programs across the Chicagoland area. Although most of our classes are free and open to non-patients, some have a nominal fee. Registration is often required. Details for each class are below.

The COVID-19 pandemic has affected many of our group and class schedules. Please use the contact information listed within specific group/class details below to learn more.

Classes & Events for Children

The University of Chicago Medicine Comer Children's Hospital Golf Classic helps improve the medical and social needs of children by providing funding to programs at the hospital that help children and their families.

Annually, KidFest provides hundreds of children and adults with food, activities and entertainment while also providing children with access to school physicals and dental exams.

Boys and girls ages 5 to 17 are invited to walk the runway for a good cause while enjoying a day of fun that includes crafts, games, hair, makeup, lunch and a dessert buffet.
Register for the RBC Race for the Kids or create race teams to fundraise for groundbreaking research at Comer Children's.

The Future: Type 1 Diabetes Youth and Parent Group offers a supportive, interactive environment for any youth with Type 1 diabetes, as well as parents and caregivers.

This group meets quarterly. Membership is free. Registration is required.

Family Birth Center

The Family Birth Center offers prenatal and family classes in Hyde Park, as well as prenatal classes in Harvey at our UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial campus. Our nurse educators will help you learn to prepare for childbirth and take care of your newborn. We also offer classes for family members, including new siblings and grandparents.

In this free, weekly support group, we welcome moms to return after delivery for expert guidance on personal breastfeeding challenges and successes. Registration not required.

In our breastfeeding class at the Family Birth Center - Hyde Park, a registered nurse helps expectant parents learn about breastfeeding essentials. Registration is required to attend a class.

For expectant families in our Southland region, this is also one of our prenatal classes offered at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial in Harvey

Our free tour offers an opportunity to visit the Family Birth Center - Hyde Park and our Mother and Baby Care (postpartum) suites. Space is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees.

This refresher class will educate grandparents on updated baby care practices. Join other new and expectant grandparents, as you prepare for this special time in your life. This free class is taught by a prenatal nurse instructor.

Our free infant care class at the Family Birth Center - Hyde Park is designed for parents with little experience handling an infant. A registered nurse will demonstrate basic infant care techniques. Registration is required to attend a class.

For expectant families in our Southland region, this is also one of our prenatal classes offered at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial in Harvey.

The Infant CPR and Safety course teaches the lifesaving skills of infant CPR and choking relief for infants, from newborn to 12 months of age. Cost is $20 per person ($40 per couple). Registration is required to attend a class.

In this hands-on class you will learn how to properly install a rear facing infant car seat. Bring your infant’s car seat, and have the opportunity to practice before baby arrives. This free class is taught by a prenatal nurse instructor/child passenger safety technician. Registration is required to attend a class.

In our labor prep class at the Family Birth Center - Hyde Park, we'll help prepare you and your spouse, partner or co-parent for many aspects of labor and delivery and for the first few days with your newborn. Registration is required to attend a class.

For expectant families in our Southland region, this is also one of our prenatal classes offered at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial in Harvey.

We offer our complete Lamaze childbirth preparation course over a weekend, taught by a certified Lamaze educator. Cost is $90 per couple, for families delivering at the University of Chicago Medicine and $100 per couple, for families not delivering at the University of Chicago Medicine. Registration is required to attend a class.

Never Forgotten is a free support group for parents and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Expectant partners are invited to attend this free workshop. During the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to participate in lots of hands-on learning, including how to hold, bottle-feed, diaper, swaddle, soothe, and provide a safe sleep environment for your baby. Registration is required to attend a class.

Prepare your child before baby is born. In this free class, your child will learn baby care basics, what to expect when the new baby arrives and how to be a good helper. Registration is required to attend a class.

Health & Wellness

The first step in our Bariatric Surgery Program (surgical weight loss program) is to attend either an online webinar or in-person information session. Both options are free, but registration is required.

To watch the webinar or register for an information session, call 1-888-824-0200.

In-Person Information Sessions

When: First and fourth Monday of every month, 4 to 6 p.m. and the second Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. 

WhereCenter for Care and Discovery

5700 S. Maryland Ave., Room 7750 


Basic Life Support course is intended for Health Care Providers. Self Study American Heart Association Course (No Instructor). Call for more information and to schedule your class.

Price: $65.00

Contact Information

708-915-5540

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, West 7

One Ingalls Drive

Harvey, IL. 60426

The Community Fitness Program at the Museum of Science and Industry boasts 60 to 80 members who regularly walk and do aerobic exercise inside the museum’s confines. The program takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

In existence more than 21 years, this free program is designed to encourage healthy fitness habits and to help seniors integrate a regular exercise program into their health routines.

Registration is required.

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Our program focuses on the steps a patient needs to take to become an active participant in re-establishing and maintaining their nutritional health.

Our team of registered nurses, dietitians, therapists, social workers and home health aides work together to provide an individualized nutritional and exercise plan that includes:

  • Monitoring caloric intake and ensuring enough of the right calories are consumed on a daily basis
  • Providing nutritional screenings and education about following a balanced eating plan
  • Providing instructions related to medications, nutrition and exercise
  • Facilitating follow-up with doctor visits
  • Ensuring professional support to patients and caregivers
  • Therapy and counseling services

If you suspect a loved one may be suffering from malnutrition –especially following surgery, hospitalization or illness –the Restorative Eating Program can help restore proper nutrition and good health to the people you care about.

For more information about the Home Care Restorative Eating Program, call 708-331-0226.

What can you do to keep your kidneys healthy?

Learn more about kidney disease and what you can do to keep your kidneys strong and healthy for as long as possible. Pre-registration is required. Please call 773-702-6134 to register or for additional information.

When: Third Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Where: Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

5758 S. Maryland Ave., Room 1005

Helping You Choose the Best Treatment

Learn about normal kidney function, decreased kidney function (kidney disease), and the pros and cons of different therapies used to treat advanced kidney disease. Pre-registration is required. Please call 773-702-6134 to reserve your spot or for more information.

When: First Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

5758 S. Maryland Ave., Room 1005

Our highly trained lymphedema therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques, including manual lymphatic drainage, multi-layered compression bandages, remedial exercises, and compression garment selection, application and proper fitting. For your convenience, lymphedema treatment is available at several Ingalls locations. Please call for more information and to schedule an appointment; this is an ongoing program. A physician referral is required.

Price: Based on needs & schedule.

Contact Information

Call for more information or to schedule an appointment at 708-915-8413

Lymphedema Coordinator

Call for a location near you

Do you need a speaker for your event or organization? A UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial dietetic intern (under the supervision of a registered dietitian) can present an interactive, informative session on a variety of food and nutrition topics personalized for your group or organization.

For more information about Nutrition to Go, call 708-915-5723.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and support to help you learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible. Through Ingalls' Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, you'll work with a team of specialists who'll help you improve your physical condition through exercise training, nutritional counseling, education on how to manage your lung condition, energy-conserving techniques and breathing strategies. Pulmonary rehabilitation is helpful for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis and more. 

Price: Call for more information and to set an appointment.

Contact Information

708-915-5590

UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Professional Office Building

71 W. 156th Street

Suite 103

Harvey, IL. 60426

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The Community Health Focus Hour is UChicago Medicine's weekly talk radio show exploring community health topics. Each week, one of our hosts facilitates an interactive conversation with featured guests. Listeners are encouraged to call in and contribute to the conversation.

Tune in to WVON 1690 AM at 1 p.m. on Saturdays to join in the Community Health Focus Hour discussion.

Support Groups

Helping Families & Caregivers Cope with Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

When: First Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: The University of Chicago Medicine's Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore
7101 S. Exchange Ave.

Held In conjunction with Alzheimer's Association – Greater Illinois Chapter

Call us for more information: 773-702-4269

The amputee support group is for individuals with leg limb loss and their family members, caregiver and friends.

The purpose of amputee support group is to:

  • Provide a safe and supportive environment for those affected by leg limb loss
  • Motivate and empower individuals to achieve a fulfilling life
  • Educate individuals on various topics related to living with leg amputation

Location

Goldblatt Pavilion Conference Room H103

Enter through 860 E. 59th St. Chicago, IL 60637

First meeting:

Thursday, June 11, 2020

4:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Guest speaker: Trissa A. Babrowski, MD, Vascular Surgeon

Future Meeting Dates:

Thursday, August 13, 2020

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Contact Information:

For more information please contact Cecilia at 773-702-6128 or Cecilia.Ramirez@uchospitals.edu

Light snacks will be provided

No fee to participate

This has been canceled until further notice. Please check back for more information.

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder resulting from damage to the language centers and pathways of the brain. It can limit listening comprehension, a person’s ability to recall words and produce sentences, and hinder reading and writing. People with aphasia know what they want to say, but cannot find the words to express it.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Aphasia Conversation Group provides a comfortable and supportive environment for persons with aphasia to socialize and practice communication skills, converse with others who are dealing with aphasia, gain confidence and improve overall quality of life. The group is facilitated by a speech pathologist at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial.

Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Price: Free

Contact Information

708-915-4232

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, North Building, 1st Floor

One Ingalls Drive

Harvey, IL 60426

In this free, weekly support group, we welcome moms to return after delivery for expert guidance on personal breastfeeding challenges and successes. Registration not required.

Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for encouragement and comfort for breast cancer patients.

Price: Free

Location

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls- Tinley Park

6701 West 159th Street

Tinley Park, IL 60477

Contact Information:

Diane Ross: 708-738-0956

Please call to RSVP

 

 

To give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis.

Free Services: The center provides an array of classes, support groups and other networking opportunities, whether you are a patient or a caregiver.

Contact Information:

708-798-9171

Cancer Support Center

2028 Elm Road

Homewood, IL 60430

Meet us at our Grief and Loss Therapeutic Support Group.

Date/Time

Mondays at 6:00 p.m.

Tuesdays at 11:00 a.m.

Contact information

Call to schedule an assessment: 708-915-7500

Location

Ingalls Memorial Hospital
Tinley Park Family Care Center
6701 West 159
159th Street, Suite 2
Tinley Park, IL 60477

Living through Loss is an eight-week support group and will combine education about basics of grief and coping techniques. Group members will have the opportunity to share their experiences and support each other through the difficult journey from loss to healing.

Price: Free

Contact Information

Call for more information 708-915-4675

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, North Building, 2nd Floor

One Ingalls Drive

Harvey, IL

Helping Patients & Families Cope with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

UChicago Medicine hosts a monthly support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their families. We also offer educational events throughout the year.

For more information: Call us at 773-702-6140.

Living through Schizophrenia is weekly support group for patients diagnosed with Scizophrenia or Schizoaffective Disorder an their families. This group is designed to provide emotional, educational and social support to help patients and families navigate through life while managing their mental health. 

Day/Time:

Tuesdays from 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Contact Information

Call for more information 708-915-5050

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Outpatient Behavioral Health

40 W. 156th St.

Harvey, IL

Never Forgotten is a free support group for parents and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

The Future: Type 1 Diabetes Youth and Parent Group offers a supportive, interactive environment for any youth with Type 1 diabetes, as well as parents and caregivers.

This group meets quarterly. Membership is free. Registration is required.

Tours

Our free tour offers an opportunity to visit the Family Birth Center - Hyde Park and our Mother and Baby Care (postpartum) suites. Space is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees.

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