Programs | Healthy Lifestyle Activities

Focus on physical and mental well-being


I teach yoga and learn from my students each and every day. I’m always moved by their courage, strength and incredible ability to adapt.

— Mary

Yoga instructor

Brain Fitness

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Virtual

Brain Fitness is a one-of-a-kind program focused on improving the brain’s ability to function efficiently and effectively, which will help participants adapt to constantly changing environments and physical conditions. This class uses rhythm and coordination exercises to bilaterally activate and stimulate the brain’s natural ability to form new connections, which promote neuroplasticity, creativity, focus and resilience.

Mila Apostolovic

Celtic Mindfulness: Sound Healing Meditation

Thursdays | 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM | Virtual

Celtic Mindfulness is a concept created by Frank O’Connor, a meditation coach, counselor, and musician of many years. The intention is to incorporate the rich and empowering aspects of ancient Celtic practices along with chanting, music, and guided meditation.

The benefits of meditation are broad. Mayo Clinic has shared that, “Meditation can give you a sense of calm, peace and balance that can benefit both your emotional well-being and your overall health. And these benefits don’t end when your meditation session
ends. Meditation can help carry you more calmly through your day and may help you manage symptoms of certain medical conditions.”

Frank O’Connor, C.MI.

Infusion 1:1 Stretch & Breathe at Advocate Christ Medical Center

Tuesdays | 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Advocate Christ Medical Center Outpatient Pavilion, 8th Floor Infusion

Each Tuesday, join Susan for chair-side stretch and breathwork in your infusion bay.

Susan Wilkens, Certified Yoga Instructor


Thursdays | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Virtual

Journal writing can be a form of meditation, stress relief and self-expression. This class incorporates drawing, mark making, collage and creative writing techniques to give participants the tools and inspiration to explore their creative side.

Audra Eisin-Banazek, LCPC, ATR

Line Dancing

1st Tuesday of the month | 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM | Clubhouse at Advocate Christ Medical Center Outpatient Pavilion

Get on your feet and get ready to move!

Mary will teach beginners-level line dancing covering terminology and step counting, as well as provide information on health, fitness, wellness, and injury prevention in this class.

Dancing Mary


Wednesdays | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Virtual

*Join us for a special in person meditation class at the Downtown Clubhouse on February 7 at 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM.

Meditation can be a source of energy, wisdom and strength. This class will teach you basic relaxation, breath meditation and visualization.

Barbara Zeman

Pet Therapy with Sherman

4th Wednesday of the month | 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Gilda’s Club Chicago Clubhouse at Advocate Christ Medical Center Outpatient Pavilion

Sherman the Shorkie is a registered Animal-Assisted Therapy dog and an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen®.  It’s well-known (and scientifically proven) that interaction with a gentle, friendly pet has significant benefits. Animal-assisted therapy improves patients’ mental, physical, social and emotional functioning with the aid of animals. Children also respond to the unconditional love and patience provided by therapy dogs. Besides building skills, therapy dogs help children increase self-esteem and motivation.


Saturday LIVE!

Join us at the Downtown Clubhouse (537 N. Wells) on the second Saturday of each month for Saturday LIVE! programming! In-person programming typically includes movement classes, Caring Arts, kids activities, and social opportunities. 

Getting to the Clubhouse is easy:


  • Brown Line: Merchandise Mart (walk 3 blocks)
  • Pink/Green/Orange/Blue Lines: Clark & Lake (walk 6 blocks)
  • Red Line: Grand (walk 4 blocks)
  • Bus Lines: 22, 37, 65, 156


  • Street parking (metered)
  • Mart Parc Wells Self Park (401 North Wells) GCC will validate parking

Saturday LIVE! @ ACMC

Join us at the Gilda’s Club Chicago Clubhouse at Advocate Christ Medical Center Outpatient Pavilion (4440 W. 95th, Oak Lawn) on the 4th Saturday of each month for Saturday LIVE! programming! Enjoy a light breakfast, healthy lifestyle activities, and social opportunities with others impacted by cancer.

Parking is easy at ACMC! Free parking is available in Parking Lot D across from the Outpatient Pavilion.

March 2024 Saturday LIVE! @ ACMC

  • Strength, Fitness, & Fun
    9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
  • Caring Arts: Tissue Paper Mosaic
    10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
  • Gong Meditation
    11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Strength, Fitness & Fun!

Join our exercise and fitness program to improve your aerobic ability, fitness knowledge and commitment to a healthy lifestyle.

Kathy Turney

Strength, Fitness & Fun! Class Offerings

T’ai Chi

Tai Chi is often described as meditation while moving. It is low-impact and the slow, flowing moves can help aid your flexibility, strength, and balance.

Leon Williams, Certified T’ai Chi Fitness Instructor

T’ai Chi Class Offerings

  • Mondays | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Virtual
  • Wednesdays | 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM | Virtual
  • Saturdays | 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM | Virtual
    *Join us for a special in person class at the Downtown Clubhouse on February 10 at 11:00 AM!
  • 3rd Tuesday of the month | 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM | Blue Door Neighborhood Center (Morgan Park location)

T’ai Chi Chih

2nd & 4th Tuesdays of the month | 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM | Virtual

Based on ancient Chinese wisdom, T’ai Chi Chih is 19 simple, slow gentle movements, that circulate and balance energy. It is a “moving meditation” that brings serenity and a greater sense of well-being. Movements can be done standing, seated or through visualization.

Deb Sitron, Certified T’ai Chi Chih Teacher

The Healthy Dish

3rd Thursday of the month | 5:30 PM – 7:00 PM | Virtual

Join us each month to learn a new recipe with a registered dietician. Check the calendar each month for the recipe and ingredients ahead of time so you can prepare!

Hannah Manella, Registered Dietitian


Mat yoga class including stretching, deep breathing, balancing, functional strength and relaxation. Stretch your body and mind.

For class:

  • Two blocks or a stack of books that can be used for lunges on the floor
  • Strap or belt or scarf
  • Blanket to fold and sit on
  • Bolster or pillow
  • Sticky/yoga mat

Yoga Class Offerings

  • Thursdays| 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM | Virtual
    Facilitated by Steve Shields, Certified Yoga Instructor

  • Fridays | 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM | Virtual
    Facilitated by Mary Klonowski, Certified Yoga Instructor

Yoga, All in One

Thursdays | 8:30 AM – 9:30 AM | Virtual

A one-hour practice of gentle yoga poses and breathing work to prepare the body for a short meditation at the end of the class. Please have a chair available for this class.

Era Pawlowski, MS, MA, Certified Yoga Instructor

Yoga, Chair

Yoga practiced sitting in a chair or using a chair for support. Many of the poses are adapted from mat yoga. A great fit for beginners and those who are unable to take our mat classes.

Chair Yoga Class Offerings

Yoga, Gentle

This class features gentle stretches and poses using resistance to help develop strength.

For class (if possible, but not limited by):

  • Strap or belt or scarf
  • Blanket to fold and sit on
  • Bolster or pillow
  • One yoga block or a hardy shoebox

Gentle Yoga Class Offerings

  • Wednesdays | 10:30 AM – 11:30 PM | Hybrid (Downtown Clubhouse & Virtual)
    Facilitated by Mary Klonowski, Certified Yoga Instructor

Yoga, Hatha

Mondays | 9:00 AM – 10:00 AM | Virtual

This class includes stretching and strengthening routines that emphasize the use of core muscles to improve balance and proper alignment of the spine. In these virtual classes, you will use a wall or a ledge to align the body with options to move into more challenging poses away from the wall/ledge. If you have difficulty with balance or want to improve your spinal alignment, join us for a fun exploration of these techniques.

For class (if possible, but not limited by):

  • An open wall space to support your back in a chair sit
  • If no wall space, ledge or stable chair to place hands
  • Blanket to fold and sit on

Mary Klonowski, Certified Yoga Instructor


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 Shannon Zaleski, LCSW, OSW-C, Associate Director Clubhouse Programs.


If you plan to attend any of our activities, it is best to check our calendar for the most updated information and to register. Virtual programming requires registration on our website, preferably at least 24 hours in advance. In-person programming that requires a reservation, will be noted on the website calendar. For these programs, please complete the online RSVP or call the Clubhouse to sign up at least 24 hours in advance. Please note that if less than 5 people are registered 24 hours in advance, the program may be canceled.

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 at least 48 hours in advance with your children’s names and ages so we can have a Noogieland volunteer available for Supervised Play.