Advocate Christ Medical Center and Advocate Children's Hospital - Oak Lawn

Networking Groups

Breast Cancer Networking Group

This monthly group will consist of discussion, question-and-answer periods, and education. Held the third Wednesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Gastrointestinal Cancer Networking Group

A monthly group for those impacted by colorectal, gastric, liver, pancreas, cholangiocarcinoma, gallbladder and other GI cancers.  Held the second Thursday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Gynecological Cancer Networking Group

This networking group offers an opportunity for people living with gynecological cancers - as well as caregivers, family members and friends - to share information, talk about their experiences and gain support. Held the second Tuesday of the month from 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Living Beyond Loss Networking Group

For those who have lost a loved one to cancer.  Held the second Saturday of the month from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Lung Cancer Networking Group

This monthly group will consist of discussion, question-and-answer periods, and education. Held the second Wednesday of the month from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Support Groups

Wellness Group

This educational and supportive group will focus on sadness and adjustment to lie post diagnosis. Held every Tuesday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.

Wellness Group

Weekly support groups for men and women living with cancer. Call 708-684-9505 to get placed into a group. Held every Thursday from 3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Healthy Lifestyle Activities

Art as Relaxation

Learn how to channel your inner creativity to produce beautiful works of art in different media as a form of expression and source of relaxation. Prior artistic experience is not necessary as everyone has artistic talent inside themselves. Projects may include: jewelry making, card crafts, watercolor painting, and knitting.

Baking Club

Learn healthy recipes for both sweet and savory treats and put them to the test in the Gilda's Club kitchen.

Basic Fitness & Toning

Use your own body weight, elastic bands and light weights for a nice overall workout. 

Drum Circle

Relieve stress and connect with others through music.

Family Open Art

This group invites people of all ages to explore their creativity with crafts and art.

Chair Yoga / Gentle Yoga

Features gentle stretches and poses. Appropriate for all skill levels. Can be done either in a chair or on a mat based on comfort and ability.

Music & Meditation

Music-guided relaxation for stress relief.


Breathe, stretch your body and mind, develop flexibility and balance through standing and floor poses. Please wear comfortable clothing.

T'ai Chi

This practice combines physical movement and meditation.

Zumba Fitness

Dance/fitness program with Latin music.

Lectures, Special Events and Education

Book Club

Join us each month for a member-led discussion. Book choices change each month. The Book Club meets on the fourth Tuesday of the month from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Call 708-684-9505 for the book title of the month.

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. To schedule an appointment, call 708-684-9505.

Stress Buster Series

Learn about the connection between thoughts and feelings of stress and practice healthy coping strategies to feel more relaxed. Skills learned include deep breathing, progressive muscle relaxation, guided imagery, and more. Contact the ACMC Clubhouse to sign up at 708-684-9505.

Surviving & Thriving

Our Surviving & Thriving lecture series is held the fourth Thursday of the month from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. The group begins with some gentle stretching followed by a lecture on a topic about living well and being healthy. Past topics have included: healthy eating, aromatherapy, gardening organics, and more.

Cancer Survivor Boot Camp

A seven week, 14-session exercise program for individuals with a cancer diagnosis. Call 708-684-9505 to enroll in our next session.

Inpatient and Infusion Programming

We also offer programming at Advocate Christ Medical Center in the infusion area on the 8th Floor Cancer Center of the Outpatient Pavilion and on 3 South. This programming is for individuals with appointments or who are staying on the medical floors. Programming offered includes: Inpatient Music, Meditation, Breathing Exercises, Art as Relaxation, and informational visits.

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