Frequently Asked Questions About Giving Blood 

Pathologist Chancey Christensen, MD, seated, prepares to donate platelets in the blood donation clinic. Technician Terrance Collier, standing
Before donation, blood center technicians thoroughly clean an area of the donor's arm in preparation for a new sterile needle for the blood draw.

Help our patients in their recovery by donating the blood and platelets they need.

The vast majority of people feel fine after giving blood, however it is always important to eat a healthy, well-balanced meal before donating and to be well-hydrated. This allows your body to recover as quickly as possible after donation, as well as provide the best possible blood product for our patients.

Eating an iron-rich diet, especially in the days preceding your donation, is an important way to help your body recover after blood donation.

Whole blood can be donated every 56 days. Platelets can be donated every seven days, up to 24 times a year. The usual interval for blood donation is every eight weeks.

What to Know About Donating Blood

Make a Blood Donation Appointment

Call 773-702-6247 or complete our online form to schedule a blood donation appointment (whole blood donation or platelets).


Monday through Friday
8 a.m. to 3 p.m.


Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine
5758 S. Maryland Avenue, Room 2E
Chicago, IL 60637