Becoming a member is easy and free of charge. Please contact the Club at 312-464-9900 to schedule a Customized Membership Plan (CMP). Membership is not required to participate in many GCC activities.
Questions About Gilda's Club? Here Are A Few We Get The Most.
Are we just for women? Is it a fitness club? How do I become a member? How much does it cost? All good questions that deserve good answers. Which are covered below.
How do I join?
How much does it cost to join?
Membership is completely free of charge for anyone impacted by cancer.
What are the benefits of membership?
In your 45-minute Customized Membership Plan appointment, you’ll have the opportunity to meet with one of our clinical staff members to discuss how cancer is impacting your life and develop a plan of activities at Gilda’s Club Chicago and additional resources customized to your needs. Only members are placed in weekly support groups and are welcome to attend networking groups when their schedules permit. Those who become members also become eligible for a variety of perks such as free parking and participation in special events and giveaways.
Do I have to be in a support group?
No. There are many ways to get involved and experience social and emotional support within our community setting, including social activities, healthy lifestyle activities, and educational workshops. Check out our calendar to see what’s coming up at the downtown Clubhouse and our partner hospital sites.
How often can I come?
You are welcome to come as often as you like. Simply RSVP for activities at the Clubhouse by calling the Club or RSVPing on our website, or you can join us for an activity in any of our partner hospital sites by just dropping by. Support groups and Networking Groups require a Customized Membership Plan prior to attending. Please call the clubhouse for more information.
Is Gilda's Club only open to people currently in cancer treatment?
No, our program is offered to anyone impacted by any type of cancer diagnosis at any point in their cancer experience; diagnosis through survivorship. This includes individuals living with cancer, their family members and friends, individuals who are post-treatment, and individuals who have lost someone to cancer. As part of the GCC community, there are always opportunities to give and get support from someone who understands.
Can I attend activities before deciding to become a member?
Feel free to try one of our educational lectures, healthy lifestyle workshops or social activities before deciding to become a member.
Is Gilda’s Club only for women?
No. Men, women and children are all welcome to participate.
Can I bring my friend or family member?
You are more than welcome to bring a guest to healthy lifestyle workshops, educational lectures and social activities. If your loved one would like to join a support group for family members and friends, he or she will need to complete a Customized Membership Plan prior to being placed in a group.
Is it ok for me to come if I don’t have cancer?
In order to remain focused on our mission, we welcome those who have been diagnosed with cancer, those who have a friend or family member who has been diagnosed, or those who have lost someone to cancer.
Can I bring my children to activities that I want to attend?
Children are welcome to attend activities that are labeled “Noogieland” or “Family” activities. If you wish to attend an adult only workshop, lecture, or group at the downtown or Advocate Christ Clubhouse, please contact us to inquire about supervised play. While not guaranteed, supervised play can be provided by our trained volunteers for children over the age of 1 when there is not a Noogieland or family activity available at the same time. Infants under 1 year are welcome, but should remain with a parent. Please call the Clubhouse to request Supervised Play at least 3 days in advance and we will do our best to accommodate your request. Activities that take place in our partner hospital sites are generally open to children.
What is Noogieland?
Named after the Noogies that Gilda used to receive on “Saturday Night Live,” “Noogieland” is a special place in the downtown and Advocate Christ Clubhouse where kids can be kids, connect with other children and families, and see that they are not alone. We offer support to children, teens and families impacted by cancer through age-appropriate support and networking groups, social events, arts and crafts, and family activities.
How is Gilda’s Club Chicago Funded?
Gilda’s Club Chicago is 100% privately funded and continues to rely on support from generous corporation, foundation and individual donors. Gilda’s Club Chicago also hosts several fundraising events throughout the year and is fortunate to have individuals and organizations host their own events which benefit GCC. These events provide both financial support and serve to increase awareness of GCC’s free program so that no one faces cancer alone. GCC is grateful for those who include Gilda’s Club Chicago in their estate planning or make gifts in honor or memory of a loved one.
Do you need volunteers?
We are always looking for warm, friendly individuals to volunteer. Our volunteer opportunities include working the front desk, helping with lectures and workshops, community outreach, working with children and teens and much more! To become a volunteer, apply now at bit.ly/GCCvolunteer or contact the Volunteer Coordinator, Samantha Rowland, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (312)464-9900 ext. 114.
How can I help?
There are a variety of other ways you can help support Gilda’s Club Chicago and people impacted by cancer including volunteering, referring a friend and running a race as part of Team Gilda. Donations from individuals, businesses, foundations and special events allow our programming to remain free of charge for anyone impacted by cancer.
Where can I find parking near the Wells Street Clubhouse?
Free parking is available to members. Please inquire at the front desk upon sign-in, or ask a program staff member.
What do I do if I think I lost something at the downtown Clubhouse?
Please check with a staff member right away if you think you have left something behind on a visit to the Clubhouse. We clean it out every few months due to space limitations, so please help us return all lost items to their owners.
Does Gilda’s Club offer one-on-one counseling?
All of our activities are community-focused. At this time, we can refer you to other organizations or options for individual counseling.
Do you provide wigs or other medical supplies? Can I donate these items to Gilda’s Club?
GCC does not provide or sell any products such as wigs or medical supplies, nor do we accept donations of these types. However, we can provide resources for wigs and other needs that we may not directly provide (prosthetics, edema sleeves, etc.) as well as information about where to donate.
Can you tell me what treatment is best for me or give me a referral to a specialist?
While Gilda’s Club Chicago does not provide medical advice of any kind or refer to specific doctors; we do provide educational workshops that empower people with information to talk to their doctors about what treatment is best for them.