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Book Support

Every month, Book Support selects a book to read. Please view our Calendar to see this month’s book and RSVP.

Facilitated by: Sophie Canade, LCPC, ATR

Fall Festival/Festival de Otono

El festival de otoño, nuestro celebración del mes de la herencia hispana, sería una Fiesta de Bailar. Todos son invitados a bailar con nosotros y aprender unos pasos nuevos con Ale, una instructora de rumbaterapia. Esta fiesta tendría una hora de instrucción bilingüe en español e inglés.

This year’s Virtual Fall Festival, our annual Hispanic Heritage Month celebration, will be a Latinx Dance Party. Everyone is invited to come dance with us and learn some new moves with Ale, a rumbaterapia instructor. This dance party will feature 1 hour of dance instruction in English and Spanish.

Presented by: Alexandra “Alé” Tracy Chavarriaga Alexandra “Alé” Tracy Chavarriaga leads virtual dance workshops with a mix of Latin American music genres and dance styles like Dominican Merengue, Puerto Rican Salsa, Dominican Bachata, Colombian Cumbia, Afro-Latinx beats, Brazilian Samba, and more. She incorporates stretching before and after the lesson, as well as breathwork and meditation at the end of the session.

Memory Booking

Memory Booking is multimedia journaling using photos, memorabilia and embellishments. You can make a book to honor a loved one, welcome a new family member, or recognize a life transition. This can be a project to commemorate an important relationship or celebrate your independence. Make this book as a gift for someone or as a place to put your private thoughts and feelings.

If you register for one class, you will be subsequently registered for all following Memory Booking classes.
Thursdays | 4:00 – 5:30 p.m.

Noche de Pelicula: que se anuciara

Cada semana veremos una película de largometraje juntos y luego tendremos una pequeña discusión. Yo traeré el filme y tu traes las palomitas. La película esta en español con subtítulos en ingles. que se anunciara.

Paint the Town Pink

Please join Advocate Christ Medical Center and Gilda’s Club Chicago for the 16th annual Paint the Town Pink! Register here! October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month and Paint the Town Pink stresses the importance of screening and early detection while also educating on the importance of comprehensive breast care services in the community. This year, Paint the Town Pink will feature:

Advances in Lymphedema Prevention and Screening by Dr. Ameer Gomberawalla (Breast Surgeon with Advocate Medical Group)
Monoclonal Antibodies, COVID and You by Dr. Adam Treitman (Infectious Disease Physician with Advocate Medical Group)
Food, Connection & Mood: A Live Cooking Webinar Workshop presented by Ryan Hutmacher, Award-Winning Chef

Games, Prizes and Grand Prize for people attending!

Register here!

Team Gilda Run Club in partnership with The Cause Crew

Team Gilda Run Club includes:

  • Running session led by RRCA Certified Running Coach, cancer survivor and fellow Gilda’s Club member, Mary Connolly (aka The Cause Coach,
  • Training plans that will have participants ready to represent Team Gilda in a race (5K through half marathon depending on starting point) and/or ready to join in on the marathon training program at a later date. There are different schedules for a variety of running experience levels.

Advance sign-up is required!

RSVP directly with The Cause Crew:  and scroll down to “Gilda’s *Run* Club”

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday is a time for individuals from all walks of life to express meaningful thanks for what you have, people you know, and events that have impacted your life. Everyone is welcome!

“Happiness is not a feeling; it is a choice. To be happy, one must choose to be happy, not respond to circumstances that now controls your happiness.” -Joyce Meyers

Facilitated by: Kassandra Billups, MA
Thursdays | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

The Kitchen Table

Gather every month for a new recipe. We will share the recipe and ingredients ahead of time so you can prepare!

Unleash Your Creativity

Art can be great for mind, body and spirit! Chase away the stress of the day and join Audra Eisin-Banazek in an art group perfect for anyone new to art-making, as well as the seasoned professional. Using simple materials from around the home, we will explore creativity while connecting with others. The motto of this group: There is no wrong way to make art!

Projects will differ each week with materials and desires of the participants in mind.

Suggested materials: Pens, pencils or any drawing materials, paper (scrap paper is fine), scissors, junk mail, old magazines. We will work with whatever you are comfortable with and are inspired by.

Facilitated by: Audra Eisin-Banazek, LCPC, ATR

Zoom Improv (Zip! Zap! Zoom!)

Through comedic improv games and exercises, attendees will delve into (online) comedy improvisation! All are welcome to tune in once a week to learn some new ideas, have fun, meet new people, and reduce stress. This course is for all experience levels. Attendance each week is highly encouraged. This Improv group is intended for adults. By registering, I am affirming I am 18 years old or over. Please contact a Program staff member by calling 312-464-9900 with any questions.

Facilitated by: Kat Bovbjerg and Jay Sukow


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.