The University of Chicago Medicine offers classes, events and support groups, both on- and off-campus, to help you lead a healthy, happy life. In addition, our Office of Community Affairs provides programs across the Chicagoland area. Although most of our classes are free and open to non-patients, some have a nominal fee. Registration is often required. Details for each class are below.


Family Birth Center

The Family Birth Center offers pre- and post-natal classes, including several free classes, for new and expectant parents. Our nurse educators will help you learn to prepare for childbirth and take care of your newborn. We also have a variety of classes for family members, including new siblings and grandparents.

In this free, weekly support group, we welcome moms to return after delivery for expert guidance on personal breastfeeding challenges and successes. Registration not required.

Join the Healthy Baby Network on Saturday, May 18 for this year’s BabyPalooza! Families can enjoy snacks, raffles, give-a-ways, face painting, hourly education sessions, free samples, maternity unit tours, car seat safety checks, vendors and more. The event runs 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Ingalls Memorial Cancer Care Lobby.

Price: Free

May 18, 2019 10:00 a.m.

Contact Information

708-915-3825

Contact: Shanice Williams, Coordinator

UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Cancer Care Center, Harvey

156th & Wood St.

Harvey, IL. 60426

Although breastfeeding may be considered the "natural way" to feed your baby, there is still much to learn to foster a successful nursing relationship. The program covers several topics including: advantages of breastfeeding, breastfeeding at home, the working mom and beyond.

This is a single, two-hour class taught by our infant feeding support nurse. Fathers-to-be are encouraged to attend. The nurse provides follow-up on an individual basis after your baby is born.

Price: $20 per session

March 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

May 25, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

July 27, 2019, 9:00 a.m.

Contact Information:

Women's & Children's Services

708-915-5334

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

One Ingalls Drive-Main Lobby

Harvey, IL 60426

In this free class, a registered nurse helps expectant parents learn about breastfeeding essentials. Registration is required to attend a class.

Understanding birth just got better with the most current evidence-based information. All new animation that’s more accurate, including the stages of labor, epidural procedures and cesarean surgery. 4D ultrasound images show parents fetal development.

Fun “Partner Tips” for dads and other support people, and “Take Note” segments help parents retain important information. Our “Understanding Comfort Techniques” will give parents practical hands-on training in labor support, breathing, relaxation, massage, labor and pushing positions, information on labor support doulas, along with the opportunity to view beautifully - captured birth stories.

This 4-week series is taught by a certified childbirth educator. Couples are asked to bring 2 pillows, a sheet or blanket from home and wear comfortable clothing suitable for sitting on the floor.

Price: $30, meets weekly on consecutive Thursdays

April 18, 2019, 7 p.m.

April 25, 2019, 7 p.m.

June 06, 2019, 7 p.m.

Price: $30 per couple, meets on Saturdays

May 18, 2019 9:00 a.m.

July 20, 2019 9:00 a.m.

September 21, 2019 9:00 a.m.

Contact Information: 

Women’s & Children’s Services

708-915-5334

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

One Ingalls Drive- Main Lobby

Harvey, IL 60426

 

During this free tour, you'll have an opportunity to visit the Family Birth Center and our Mother and Baby Care (postpartum) suites. Space is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees.

This refresher class will educate grandparents on updated baby care practices. Join other new and expectant grandparents, as you prepare for this special time in your life. This free class is taught by a prenatal nurse instructor.

Learning about newborn care before you have your baby can make a big difference in how easily you adjust during those first few months. This class includes far more information than what well-meaning family and friends are able to give.

Learn to care for your new baby with confidence in this two session course, which includes:

  • Information on infant nutrition
  • Normal newborn characteristics and development
  • How to bathe and diaper your baby
  • When to notify physician for a sick child
  • Parenting information
  • Informative films and a take home book to supplement learning.

Prepare for your newborn now, both you and your baby will be glad you did! Grandparents and other care givers who’d like to refresh their skills are encouraged to attend.

Class meets on consecutive Mondays for two sessions:

December 3rd & 10th

Price: $20 / two-week course

June 03, 2019 7:30 p.m.

June 10, 2019 7:30 p.m.

October 07, 2019 7:30 p.m.

Contact Information

Women's & Children's Services

708-915-5334

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

One Ingalls Drive-Main Lobby

Harvey, IL. 60426

This is a free class for parents with little experience handling an infant. A registered nurse will demonstrate basic infant care techniques. Registration is required to attend a class.

The Infant CPR and Safety course teaches the lifesaving skills of infant CPR and choking relief for infants, from newborn to 12 months of age. Cost is $20 per person ($40 per couple). Registration is required to attend a class.

Once your little one arrives, bring him or her to this free class, which focuses on parent-baby bonding through soothing touch and massage. Parents will learn how to massage their babies using techniques that will promote better sleep, improve interaction and decrease infant stress, crying and gas. Registration is required to attend a class.

In this hands-on class you will learn how to properly install a rear facing infant car seat. Bring your infant’s car seat, and have the opportunity to practice before baby arrives. This free class is taught by a prenatal nurse instructor/child passenger safety technician. Registration is required to attend a class.

In this class, we'll help prepare you and your spouse, partner or co-parent for many aspects of labor and delivery and for the first few days with your newborn. Registration is required to attend a class.

We offer our complete Lamaze childbirth preparation course over a weekend, taught by a certified Lamaze educator. Cost is $90 per couple, for families delivering at the University of Chicago Medicine and $100 per couple, for families not delivering at the University of Chicago Medicine. Registration is required to attend a class.

Never Forgotten is a free support group for parents and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

Expectant partners are invited to attend this free workshop. During the workshop, you'll have the opportunity to participate in lots of hands-on learning, including how to hold, bottle-feed, diaper, swaddle, soothe, and provide a safe sleep environment for your baby. Registration is required to attend a class.

This group offers support for moms with infants up to six months old. In this five-week series, we offer a supportive environment to learn useful information about the postpartum period, ease adjustment, and facilitate positive coping. Registration is required to attend.

Prepare your child before baby is born. In this free class, your child will learn baby care basics, what to expect when the new baby arrives and how to be a good helper. Registration is required to attend a class.

Health & Wellness

Individual appointments available for smoking cessation, weight management and pain management.  Call to schedule an appointment (Saturday appointments only).

Price:

  • $80.00 for consultation
  • $60.00 for follow-up
  • $50.00 for seniors follow-up

Contact Information

708-915-8850

UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Wellness Center, Suite 2400

Flossmoor Ingalls Family Care Center

19550 Governors Highway

Flossmoor, IL. 60422

The first step in our Bariatric Surgery Program (surgical weight loss program) is to attend either an online webinar or in-person information session. Both options are free, but registration is required.

To watch the webinar or register for an information session, call 1-888-824-0200.

In-Person Information Sessions

When: First and fourth Monday of every month, 4 to 6 p.m. and the second Tuesday of every month from 9 to 11 a.m. 

WhereCenter for Care and Discovery

5700 S. Maryland Ave., Room 7750 


Basic Life Support course is intended for Health Care Providers. Self Study American Heart Association Course (No Instructor). Call for more information and to schedule your class.

Price: $65.00

Contact Information

708-915-5540

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, West 7

One Ingalls Drive

Harvey, IL. 60426

The Community Fitness Program at the Museum of Science and Industry boasts 60 to 80 members who regularly walk and do aerobic exercise inside the museum’s confines. The program takes place on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings.

In existence more than 21 years, this free program is designed to encourage healthy fitness habits and to help seniors integrate a regular exercise program into their health routines.

Registration is required.

Register Online

Ingalls Diabetes Monthly Forum provides education and support for people with diabetes. Guest speakers will provide education on all aspects of diabetes care and topics will include healthy eating, physical activity, medication management and behavior modification. Family members and caregivers are also encouraged to attend sessions.

Location

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor
Diabetes Management Center
19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL. 60422

Additional Information

This is a free program, but pre-registration for each session is required. The group meets the last Monday of each month* from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Pre-register by calling 708-915-8850, or emailing mcondon@ingalls.org.

*No meetings in the months of November or December

While there is no cure for diabetes, it can be controlled with proper management skills. Ingalls offers a three-session class to help you learn to manage your diabetes so you can lead an active and productive life. This program is designed to help newly-diagnosed diabetics, as well as individuals who are having difficulty controlling their diabetes. During class, you will receive basic dietary information, along with instructions on how to use a meal plan. We will also tell you about insulin and oral medication treatment options, glucose testing and how to prevent or delay long-term complications.

Price: Medicare insurance is billed.

Tuesday mornings, 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. (3 classes per session).

Physician referral & appointment required. 

Please call 708-915-8850 for class dates and to register.

Contact Information

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor
Diabetes Management Center
19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL. 60422

Ingalls Outpatient Diabetes Center is recognized by the American Diabetes Association and holds individualized and group classes. Medicare covers group classes and many private insurances cover individual consultation. Individual assessments & self-management skills are taught. Diabetes is on the rise. Let us help you manage your diabetes. 

Day and evening appointments available.

Physician referral is required.

Please call 708-915-8850 to schedule an appointment.

Price: Insurance is billed

Contact Information

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls in Flossmoor
Diabetes Management Center
19550 Governors Highway
Flossmoor, IL. 60422

Sponsored by AARP and UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

Must bring check or money order on the first day of class payable to AARP

(Please bring sack lunch or money for hospital cafeteria)

Price: $15 for AARP members (must have AARP card on the first day) $20 for non-members

May 22, 2019, 8:30 a.m.

Contact Information:

To register, call Senior Life at 708-915-6885

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

Professional Building, Lower Level 3 & 4

71 West 156th Street

Harvey, IL 60426

Our program focuses on the steps a patient needs to take to become an active participant in re-establishing and maintaining their nutritional health.

Our team of registered nurses, dietitians, therapists, social workers and home health aides work together to provide an individualized nutritional and exercise plan that includes:

  • Monitoring caloric intake and ensuring enough of the right calories are consumed on a daily basis
  • Providing nutritional screenings and education about following a balanced eating plan
  • Providing instructions related to medications, nutrition and exercise
  • Facilitating follow-up with doctor visits
  • Ensuring professional support to patients and caregivers
  • Therapy and counseling services

If you suspect a loved one may be suffering from malnutrition –especially following surgery, hospitalization or illness –the Restorative Eating Program can help restore proper nutrition and good health to the people you care about.

For more information about the Home Care Restorative Eating Program, call 708-331-0226.

What can you do to keep your kidneys healthy?

Learn more about kidney disease and what you can do to keep your kidneys strong and healthy for as long as possible. Pre-registration is required. Please call 773-702-6134 to register or for additional information.

When: Third Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. 

Where: Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

5758 S. Maryland Ave., Room 1005

Helping You Choose the Best Treatment

Learn about normal kidney function, decreased kidney function (kidney disease), and the pros and cons of different therapies used to treat advanced kidney disease. Pre-registration is required. Please call 773-702-6134 to reserve your spot or for more information.

When: First Tuesday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: Duchossois Center for Advanced Medicine

5758 S. Maryland Ave., Room 1005

Our highly trained lymphedema therapists use a variety of therapeutic techniques, including manual lymphatic drainage, multi-layered compression bandages, remedial exercises, and compression garment selection, application and proper fitting. For your convenience, lymphedema treatment is available at several Ingalls locations. Please call for more information and to schedule an appointment; this is an ongoing program. A physician referral is required.

Price: Based on needs & schedule.

Contact Information

Call for more information or to schedule an appointment at 708-915-8413

Lymphedema Coordinator

Call for a location near you

Massage therapy is an effective treatment for reducing stress, pain and muscle tension. Studies have also found massage may be helpful for relieving anxiety, digestive disorders, fibromyalgia, headaches, insomnia related to stress, sports injuries and temporomandibular joint pain (TMJ). The Ingalls Wellness Center in Flossmoor offers an array of massage therapies. 

Price: Call for fees

Contact Information

Call for more information or to schedule a massage at 708-915-8850

UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Wellness Center, Suite 2400

Flossmoor Ingalls Family Care Center

19550 Governors Highway

Flossmoor, IL. 60422

1-on-1 nutrition counseling with a registered dietitian is ideal for anyone seeking to adopt a healthier lifestyle through proper nutrition and successful weight management.

Individual 1-hour consultations include the creation of a customized nutrition plan, education about making healthy food choices, the importance of physical activity and more.

Nutrition counseling is also recommended for individuals who require medical nutrition therapy for a variety of health-related conditions, including high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease, congestive heart failure, diabetes and for nutritional concerns related to children and the pediatric population.

A physician referral is required for individuals seeking medical nutrition therapy.

Nutrition counseling is also available for athletes looking to maximize their sports performance and for individuals who follow vegetarian or other specialized diets.

Nutrition counseling is offered at UChicago Medicine at Ingalls-Flossmoor.

Individual 1-hour session and packages are available.

For more information, call 708-915-8850.

Do you need a speaker for your event or organization? A UChicago Medicine registered dietitian can present an interactive, informative session on a variety of food and nutrition topics personalized for your group or organization.

For more information about Nutrition to Go, call 708-915-8850.

Pulmonary rehabilitation is a program of exercise, education, and support to help you learn to breathe and function at the highest level possible. Through Ingalls' Pulmonary Rehabilitation program, you'll work with a team of specialists who'll help you improve your physical condition through exercise training, nutritional counseling, education on how to manage your lung condition, energy-conserving techniques and breathing strategies. Pulmonary rehabilitation is helpful for individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), sarcoidosis, pulmonary fibrosis, cystic fibrosis and more. 

Price: Call for more information and to set an appointment.

Contact Information

708-915-5590

UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Professional Office Building

71 W. 156th Street

Suite 103

Harvey, IL. 60426

Join UChicago Medicine and No Stomach for Cancer for Spotlight on Stomach Cancer, a free event about hereditary stomach cancer for the general public, patients and caregivers.

When:

June 1, 2019, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., followed by a reception and live music

Where:

UChicago Medicine Campus
900 E. 57th Street, KCBD Auditorium 1103
Chicago, IL 60637

The Community Health Focus Hour is a weekly dialogue on WVON 1690 AM. Each show explores a specific health topic. Guests may include physicians, researchers, community leaders, patients and others. Listeners are encouraged to call in and contribute to the conversation.

Tune in to WVON 1690 AM at 1 p.m. on Saturdays to join in the Community Health Focus Hour conversation.

Contact us to receive weekly topic and guest announcements via email.

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South Side Fit is a free wellness program. In addition to weekly fitness classes and other benefits, South Side Fit offers monthly health and nutrition workshops. Registration is required.

 Learn more and enroll in the South Side Fit program.

This 12-week weight loss program is designed for adults who want to lose weight, improve their overall health and increase physical activity.

Through weekly group classes led by a registered dietitian, participants learn the basics of nutrition, the importance of regular physical activity and the behavioral changes necessary to achieve and maintain a healthy weight.

Additional instruction includes tips on managing stress, a complimentary cooking class, grocery store tour and invaluable education from a personal trainer who discusses the importance of aerobic exercise and weight training.

On average, Healthy Lifestyles participants lose 12 pounds during the 12-week session, and more than 25 percent report increases in their quality of life, including more energy, enhanced self-esteem and improved mood.

Classes meet weekly for two hours at UChicago Medicine at Ingalls-Flossmoor.

For more information, or to register, call 708-915-8850.

A variety of medical screenings that you can choose to take advantage of, even without a physician's order, which can offer peace of mind about your health, or can help pinpoint potential issues you can address. For information about our affordable menu of gender and age based screening options.

Call for information about our menu of gender and age-based screening options, and to schedule your screening.

Price: Fee based on screenings chosen.

Contact Information

708-915-8850

UChicago Medicine-Ingalls Wellness Center, Suite 2400

Flossmoor Ingalls Family Care Center

19550 Governors Highway

Flossmoor, IL. 60422

Support Groups

Helping Families & Caregivers Cope with Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

When: First Thursday of every month from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Where: The University of Chicago Medicine's Outpatient Senior Health Center at South Shore
7101 S. Exchange Ave.

Held In conjunction with Alzheimer's Association – Greater Illinois Chapter

Call us for more information: 773-702-4269

Aphasia is an acquired communication disorder resulting from damage to the language centers and pathways of the brain. It can limit listening comprehension, a person’s ability to recall words and produce sentences, and hinder reading and writing. People with aphasia know what they want to say, but cannot find the words to express it.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial Aphasia Conversation Group provides a comfortable and supportive environment for persons with aphasia to socialize and practice communication skills, converse with others who are dealing with aphasia, gain confidence and improve overall quality of life. The group is facilitated by a speech pathologist at UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial.

Meetings are held the 1st Tuesday of every month from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Price: Free

Contact Information

708-915-4232

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, North Building, 1st Floor

One Ingalls Drive

Harvey, IL 60426

In this free, weekly support group, we welcome moms to return after delivery for expert guidance on personal breastfeeding challenges and successes. Registration not required.

Breast Cancer Support Group meets the 2nd Tuesday of every month from 7:00 p.m.-8:30 p.m. for encouragement and comfort for breast cancer patients.

Price: Free

Contact Information:

Diane Ross: 708-738-0956

UChicago Medicine at Ingalls- Tinley Park

6701 West 159th Street

Tinley Park, IL 60477

To give strength, guidance and support to anyone living with a cancer diagnosis.

Free Services: The center provides an array of classes, support groups and other networking opportunities, whether you are a patient or a caregiver.

Contact Information:

708-798-9171

Cancer Support Center

2028 Elm Road

Homewood, IL 60430

Morning workshop full of activities including a craft to take home.

Ages: 5-12

Price: Free

Contact Information:

Bereavement Services: 708-915-4675

Location to be determined

Living through Loss is an eight-week support group and will combine education about basics of grief and coping techniques. Group members will have the opportunity to share their experiences and support each other through the difficult journey from loss to healing.

Price: Free

Contact Information

708-915-4675: Call for more information.

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial, North Building, 2nd Floor

One Ingalls Drive

Harvey, IL

Helping Patients & Families Cope with Inflammatory Bowel Disease

UChicago Medicine hosts a monthly support group for patients with inflammatory bowel disease (Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis) and their families. We also offer educational events throughout the year.

When: Second Wednesday of each month from 7 to 9 p.m.

Where: At UChicago Medicine - Streeterville, our downtown offices at 150 E. Huron Street, 9th floor. We validate parking in the 150 E. Huron garage.

For more information: Call us at 773-702-6140 or email us at ibdcenter@uchicago.edu.

Never Forgotten is a free support group for parents and loved ones who have experienced the loss of a child through miscarriage, stillbirth or early infant death. Registration is encouraged, but not required.

This group offers support for moms with infants up to six months old. In this five-week series, we offer a supportive environment to learn useful information about the postpartum period, ease adjustment, and facilitate positive coping. Registration is required to attend.

Tours

On this free tour, you'll have an opportunity to visit the Family Birth Center and our Mother and Baby Care (postpartum) suites. Space is limited to a maximum of 16 attendees.

Expectant parents are invited to tour the Maternity Suites of Ingalls and see the advantages of delivering their baby in a beautiful, state-of-the-art room offering the optimum in comfort and technology. Labor, delivery, recovery, and post partum care all occur in the same room, allowing new parents to fully enjoy those first cherished moments with their new baby. 

The Maternity Suites Tour includes:

  • Ingalls admission procedures, including pre-admission forms
  • Practical information that will answer any remaining questions you may have regarding your stay
  • Information regarding pediatricians and doulas.

Price: Free

May 08, 2019 6:00 p.m.

May 22, 2019 6:00 p.m.

June 12, 2019 6:00 p.m.

Contact Information

Women's & Children's Services

708-915-5334

UChicago Medicine Ingalls Memorial

One Ingalls Drive-Main Lobby

Harvey, IL. 60426

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