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

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.

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.

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

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 


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.

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. - 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

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.

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

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.

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.

Why Choose UChicago Medicine

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