Healthy Lifestyle Workshops
We offer a wide range of workshops spanning the full spectrum of experience – some focus on the physical being and others on the mental being.
ArtReach at Lillstreet Clay Project
Create a work of art in clay with help from one of Chicago’s most innovative art centers. Glazed and fired pieces can be picked up the following month. All ages welcome.
An exciting program instructed and facilitated by Jordi Pedrola of the Caring Arts Foundation. Mr. Pedrola is a fine artist from Spain who has used different artistic media in helping individuals develop their artistic expression. No prior artistic skills required, just the desire to express yourself.
Features gentle stretches and poses. No experience required, just an openness to stretch your mind and body.
A relaxing class using props and chairs as needed to refresh the mind and body. Ideal for people with limited mobility.
Social Activities provide members with opportunities to laugh, dance, talk and joke together as a community so that no one has to face cancer alone. Examples include: new member breakfasts, quarterly social parties, cooking demos, improvisational classes
An ancient Chinese exercise combining physical exercise and meditation. No experience required.
T'ai Chi Chih
T'ai Chih Chih promotes joy through movement with a modern technique based on ancient Chinese wisdom and 19 simple and slow gentle movements. T’ai Chi Chih is a mix of meditation and movement that has been shown to reduce stress. It can be done while sitting or standing and is fun to learn! For all ages and physical condition, no special clothing required.
Breathe, stretch your body and mind, and develop flexibility and balance. Please wear comfortable clothing.
Education and Information
Please check the calendar for information about specific lectures and workshops.
Emily Dorfman Resource Center
Find over 1,000 books for all ages, access to computers, community events board, research studies, resources and more! Enjoy a movie or relax and read in the adjacent living room. Free Internet access for all members!
Educational Lectures and Workshops
Education Lectures and workshops provide members with opportunities to acquire new skills, tools, information, and techniques in order to increase understanding about cancer and a sense of control. Examples include: lectures on cancer diagnoses and treatment, complementary treatments, nutritional workshops
Open to Options®
Open to Options® is a service that can help you prepare for an upcoming doctor’s appointment in which you will be making a treatment decision. In a brief one-hour session, a Gilda’s Club Chicago staff member can help you create a list of questions and concerns to share with your doctor that will help you explore your situation and develop the best treatment option. The service can help you get the most out of your doctor’s visit by empowering you to talk more openly with your health care team about the things that really matter to you in your cancer treatment. The program is available for people with any stage of cancer. Staff will not provide any medical advice or information about cancer and its treatment. For more info about the program or to schedule a session, please contact Jamie Wiener, Program Director, at 312-464-9900 ext.130.
Social Workers and Professional Counselors may obtain free CEUs for attending educational offerings at the downtown Clubhouse on Wells Street. For additional information or to register for CEUs, please contact Jamie Wiener, Program Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The following support groups are available to individuals ages 18 and older and require being assigned to a group after a Customized Membership Plan is completed. Please call 312-464-9900 to schedule.
Weekly support group for those who have lost a loved one to cancer
Weekly support group for those supporting a loved one with cancer
Weekly support groups for men and women living with cancer
These are drop-in groups designed for attendees with similar diagnoses or life situations to meaningfully connect with others and share information helpful on the cancer journey. Family and friends are welcome to attend where indicated.
Providing a forum for discussion and education on sensitive issues associated with lifestyle changes, body image, sleep, post- surgery issues, etc. This group is held in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.
Hereditary Colon Cancer
This monthly networking group provides opportunities for you and your family to connect with other families in your community, while also learning from medical experts from the University of Chicago Medicine about Hereditary Colon Cancer Syndromes. Family and friends welcome. This Group is held in partnership with the University of Chicago Medicine's Comprehensive Cancer Risk and Prevention Clinic and the Hereditary Colon Cancer Foundation.
Living Beyond Loss
This caring, supportive group is open to anyone experiencing grief due to a cancer-related loss. Family and friends welcome.
Metastatic Breast Cancer
An educational and emotionally safe group for women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Female family and friends welcome.
Parenting Through Cancer
This networking group is open to parents of children under 18 and is designed to help parents who have cancer themselves, have a partner or child living with cancer, or are parenting through the death of a loved one. This networking group is held in conjunction with Kid Support and Kid’s Bereavement. For more information, please contact Liz Sullivan, Noogieland Coordinator, at 312-464-9900.
An active group with discussions on important topics such as treatment options, quality of life, incontinence, intimacy concerns and fear of recurrence. Family and friends welcome. This group is part of the UsTOO Prostate Cancer Education & Support Network.
Surviving and Thriving
More than a support group, this monthly networking group will be educational, enlightening, and enjoyable.
Young Women With Breast Cancer
Attendees exchange stories, treatment tips, and share concerns re: nutrition, body image, and relationships, etc. This group is held in partnership with the Young Survival Coalition.
Young Adult Networking Group
This group is open to young adults who are living with cancer or supporting a family member or friend with cancer.
To help us plan ahead, please make a reservation for any program at least 24 hours in advance by calling 312-464-9900.
Supervised Play for Kids
We’re happy to entertain kids during our programs, but we need to know you’re coming. Please call 312-464-9900 or email 48 hours in advance with your children’s names and ages so we can have a Noogieland volunteer available for Supervised Play.