Community is Stronger Than Cancer

You’re not alone. Free membership with Gilda's Club Chicago provides you with access to all of the benefits of our growing and caring community. Whether you’re living with cancer, supporting someone who is, or have lost a loved one to cancer — you’re invited to join us.

Joining Our Community is FREE and easy!

  1. Create an account
    As a member of Gilda's Club Chicago, you will have access to over 250 free, in-person and virtual activities each month including mind and body classes, creative and art classes, educational lectures, social events, and support groups.
  2. Register and attend a Beyond the Red Door: Orientation session
    These one-hour virtual sessions are designed to help you get the most out of your Gilda's Club Chicago membership. Orientations are held several times per month on varies days and times to ensure one will work with your schedule. In order to sign up for individual counseling or attend a weekly or monthly support group, orientation is required.
  3. Schedule an Individual Meeting to complete your Customized Membership Plan (CMP)
    You can schedule this during or after orientation with program staff member. This is a time to meet one on one with a clinical staff member or intern to:
    • identify your personal needs
    • gain insight into what you are looking for and what you are hoping to achieve with Gilda’s Club 
    • identify and review any additional resources that are beneficial
    • get answers to your questions about Gilda’s Club and how we can best support you 
    • discuss your CancerSupportSource℠ results and identified needs (if applicable)




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Free membership. Priceless benefits.

All the activities and educational events we offer are free to attend. With the support of the extensive professional community and our network of volunteers, Gilda's Club Chicago offers activities in five core areas.


Lectures and workshops, led by skilled professionals and physicians, provide information on a wide range of topics. These include programs for the classroom, the workplace and the community.

Healthy Lifestyle

Our wide variety of healthy activities include mind-body, stress-reduction programs, moderate exercise programs, art-related workshops, nutritional awareness and cooking demonstrations.

Social Connections

Social parties and events promote interaction, play, and humor and can include potluck dinners, game days and holiday events for adults and children.

Resources and Referrals

Extensive resource materials are available, both at the Clubhouse and online, as well as personalized assistance in identifying resources in the community both locally and nationwide.


CancerSupportSource℠ (CSS) is the first comprehensive distress screening program developed to integrate screening, referral and follow-up care, through a single, streamlined program. CSS provides the member with a Personal Support Care Plan including information and referrals for support services which can be emailed or printed at the Club or at home.