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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.

Caring Arts

An exciting program facilitated by the Caring Arts Foundation, each session guides you on a journey to explore and develop your own creative center for the purpose of healing. Various theme idea-starters and artistic materials are provided for each session. No prior artistic skills required, just the desire to express yourself.

Chair Yoga

Give yourself the benefit of deep breathing and a comfortable stretch. This is a gentle yoga which can be done while seated. It’s your chance to try yoga for the first time or to keep up your yoga practice.

Gentle Yoga

Features gentle stretches and poses. No experience required, just an openness to stretch your mind and body.

Restorative Yoga

A relaxing class using props and chairs as needed to refresh the mind and body. Ideal for people with limited mobility.

Social Activities

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: newcomers member breakfasts, quarterly social events, cooking demos, improvisational classes, baking club an jewelry making.

Tai Chi

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.

Laughter Yoga

Laughter wellness (also known as laughter yoga) gets you laughing without even needing to remember that great joke you heard that one time. Please join us to learn a little more about laughter wellness, tap into your inner child and get laughing again! No experience needed and open to all levels.

Yoga Nidra: Deep Healing Relaxation Method

This healing, active meditation is done lying down on props. It leads to a deep state of relaxation that calms the mind, dispels tension and fatigue, and bolsters the body’s natural healing capacities to rejuvenate and energize on physical, mental and emotional levels.


Body Awakening

Body Awakening is a one-of-a-kind program designed to help participants improve body-mind connection, resilience, balance, focus and stress management. This unique program uses coordination exercises, bilateral training of the brain and various stretching and posture exercises. You will learn to let go through the enjoyment of juggling balls.


BeMoved® shares the joy of dance with people of all movement abilities and believes that movement, expressed through dance and music, has a transformative power that enriches a person's well-being. 

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

Educational 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 infomation about the program or to schedule a session, please contact Rachel Kennedy, Program Director, at 312-464-9900 extension 130.

Continuing Education

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 Liz Sullivan, LCSW, OSW-C, Clinical Program Manager, at lizsullivan@gildasclubchicago.org.

Support Groups

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.

Bereavement Group

Weekly support group for those who have lost a loved one to cancer.

Family Group

Weekly support group for those supporting a loved one with cancer.

Wellness Groups

Weekly support groups for men and women living with cancer.

Networking Groups

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.

Bladder Cancer

Providing a forum for discussion and education on sensitive issues associated with lifestyle changes, body image, sleep, post- surgery issues, etc. Family and friends welcome. This group is held in partnership with the Bladder Cancer Advocacy Network.

Grupo de Apoyo Latino

Un grupo de apoyo mensual para pacientes Latinos y sus familiares en el cual pueden obtener información, compartir recursos y recibir apoyo emocional.

Para más información, por favor comuníquese con Jeanette Santana González, jeanettesantana@gildasclubchicago.org o llame al 312-464-9900.

Living Beyond Loss

This caring, supportive group is open to anyone experiencing grief due to a cancer-related loss. Family and friends welcome.

Lung Cancer

Provides an opportunity to connect with others and share experiences with lung cancer.  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.


This group provides an opportunity to connect with others and share experiences, post-treatment.  Family and friends welcome.

Metastatic Breast Cancer 

A monthly networking group for people to meaningfully connect with others and share helpful information. Family and friends welcome.  This group is held in partnership with the Young Survival Coalition.


This caring, supportive group is open to anyone supporting a loved one living with cancer.  Family and friends welcome.

Prostate Cancer

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.

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.

Women of Color

This group is for women of color to talk about issues facing us when living with cancer.  Family and friends welcome.

Additional Information


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.

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