Support Groups

Please be advised that the following support groups are not associated with the American Diabetes Association (except where noted). The American Diabetes Association has not participated in organizing or planning these events. Therefore, the American Diabetes Association is not responsible for this event and the content discussed and does not assume any responsibility whatsoever for this event. This website notice has been provided for informational purposes and is not intended as an endorsement for any of the following programs.
To have your support group or educational program considered for posting on this website, please contact Jackie Ross at

Family Link Family Link

Family Link is a program that helps families when they need it most-every day. This program makes it possible for families of children with diabetes to meet one another and receive the information and support they need to cope with diabetes. Family Link offers families social and educational events, school advocacy and one on one emotional support for parents through our Parent Mentor program.

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To learn more about an upcoming event contact Mallory Dahlquist at 312-346-1805 ext. 6572 or

Local Support Groups

Adults with Type 1 Community
Adults with Type 1 Community connects adults with type 1 diabetes through social events and activities. The community seeks to provide a fourm for communication and interaction, as well as be a resource for adults and provide opportunities to mentor youth with type 1 diabetes. Though not a support group, a1c encourages community support of one another. Stay connected by joining us on Facebook.

Touched by Type 1 Online Support Group
Touched by Type 1 (TBT1) is both an online and "in person" type 1 diabetes support group. We are a casual way for families and caregivers to chat about what goes on in the life of type 1 diabetes management. Kids range from young and newly diagnosed to teens and veterans. There are ALWAYS discussions at all ages and we have several support groups that meet in person monthly. Contact for info about your area. Current support groups exist in Rockford, Bolingbook, Geneva/St. Charles and Plainfield.

Teens and Tweens Take Control
Oak Park YMCA, 255 S. Marion Street, Oak Park, IL 60302
2nd Wednesday of each month — 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Free Family Fun! Join us! Fun activities for kids with diabetes ages 8-18 and their parents. If kids are under 8, parents are encouraged to come without kids. In the future there may be activities available for younger kids. Provides fun physical fitness for kids, plus includes separate educational presentations and discussion sessions for parents during the same time period. Kids have a chance to talk also.

Different topics each month. While free and open to the public, please RSVP to

Type 1 Diabetes Lounge Chicagoland's Education and Support Network
Wilmette Public Library

We offer monthly educational and supportive programs provided by medical and technical professionals with topics such as research updates, cutting-edge technologies, management techniques, lifestyle issues and creative problem solving.

For more information, please visit or contact

Diabetic Retinopathy Support Group
Diabetes and Diabetic Retinopathy affect many areas of life. These specially designed workshops provide an opportunity to share with others who are experiencing similar circumstances. In a safe environment address both the emotional and practical issues of living with this disease. Topics may include: diet, exercise, medications, confronting fear, resisting food temptations and managing stress. 

The Diabetic Retinopathy workshops meet periodically throughout the year. To learn how to participate, contact Marcia Knudson at 312-236-8569 or 
For further information, please visit

Centro Community Juan Diego - En Español
8812 S. Commercial Avenue, Chicago, IL 60617

Diabetes classes in Spanish only for those at risk for Type 2 diabetes, as well as blood glucose testing and body fat percentage testing. For more information, please visit or contact or 773-731-0119.

Recognized Hospital Program Education Groups

Arlington Heights

Northwest Community Health
901 Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights, IL (on the Hospital campus) - Building 7.

Type 1 Diabetes Support Group - For teens and adults, their adult family members or significant other.
Located in the community room on the third floor of Building 7.
3rd Monday of each month — 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group - A lunchtime group for persons with Type 2 diabetes. Bring your lunch. Beverages provided.
Conference room 1 on the first floor of Building 7.
3rd Thursday of odd numbered month — 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

For more information, please visit or call Diabetes Services 847-618-4475.


Advocate Good Shepard Hospital
450 West Highway 22, Barrington, IL 60010

Individual Education Counseling - Individual sessions for prediabetes, type 1, type 2 and gestational diabetes. These sessions include a comprehensive assessment of individual needs. Sessions consist of appointments with both a Registered Nurse and a Registered Dietitian. Topics include: self-monitoring of blood glucose, nutrition, diabetes care techniques, medication review and more.
To register or for more information, please contact 847-842-4130 ext. 6.

Comprehensive Class Overview - This Medicare-approved program will cover a variety of topics in three two-hour classes which will be offered on three consecutive days. Topics include: diabetes overview, understanding medications, healthy eating, foot care, stress management, coping, changing behavior, and exercise. To register or for more information, please contact 847-842-4130 ext. 6.

Diabetes Boot Camp - This community education series covers a variety of medical-related topics to assist patients in managing and understanding diabetes and its complications. While this list is not all-inclusive, speakers include an endocrinologist, a cardiologist, a podiatrist, a dentist, a neurologist and a nephrologist.
For more information contact 800-323-8622.

Diabetes Support Group (Living Well with Diabetes) - Learn to innovatively live with diabetes through the experience and support of others. This monthly support group is offered for those with diabetes, their family and friends. 90 minutes sessions of sharing and education. To register or for more information, contact Ed and Donna Church at 847-854-9040.


Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center
5645 West Addison Street, Chicago, IL. 60634

Diabetes Support Group is primarily for middle-aged and senior persons with Type 2 diabetes. This interactive support group, facilitated by a certified diabetes educator, provides participants with information about how to more effectively control blood glucose levels. Participants are encouraged to share their feelings and coping strategies.

Free sessions are held the first Tuesday of each month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Centennial Conference Room A of the seventh floor of the hospital.

No registration is required. For more information, call the diabetes educator´s office at 773-794-8329.

Rush University Medical Center
Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, 710 South Paulina St., Conference Room 316, Chicago

Diabetes Support and Education Group - Join Rush Diabetes Center experts and participate in a monthly program designed to explore diabetes management in a group setting. Discussions will cover healthy habits, establishing long-term goals, nutrition and making lifestyle changes that support living with diabetes. Parking validated for all participants. Free, registration required. Last Friday of each month — 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

For more information and to register, please contact 312-942-2053.

Saint Joseph Hospital
2900 N Lake Shore Dr Chicago, IL 60657 (Chicago's Lakeview and Lincoln Park community)

Diabetes Support Group - This support group is designed for individuals with diabetes and their caregivers. Facilitated by a social worker and diabetes educator, the group serves as a safe place for emotional and group discussion. 

Free. Call 733-665-6700 for more information regarding fees or to learn about the Diabetes Education Program.

Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center
2233 West Division Street, Chicago, IL 60622

Diabetes Support Group - Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with others who have diabetes as well as provide caregivers with information about their management program. Meets Third Thursday of the month from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

For more information, call 312-770-2193

Swedish Covenant Hospital
Galter Life Center, 2nd floor, 5157 N. Francisco Ave., Chicago, IL. 60625

Diabetes Support Group - The Diabetes Community Center invites you to join a free diabetes support group for adults with diabetes. Come share your experiences with others and learn tips and information about healthy living, all in a supportive environment. Group facilitated by a Swedish Covenant Hospital diabetes educator or another experienced medical professional. Meets every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

For more information or to register, please call 773-878-8200, ext. 2596


Kishwaukee Community Hospital
One Kish Hospital Drive, Second Floor Suite 202, DeKalb, Illinois 60115

Diabetes Get Togethers - Get Togethers offer the opportunity to learn from other's experiences and share your own. All persons with diabetes, their family and friends are welcome. Diabetes Get Togethers at Kishwaukee Community Hospital meet in The Diabetes Education Classroom, Suite 202.
Free. To Register, please contact 815-748-8378.

Diabetes: Self-Management - Learn the latest in diabetes care with an emphasis on the positives. Take the initiative now to control your diabetes and not allow it to control you. Meets every Monday starting at 9 a.m.
Registration Required. Call for price. Contact Diabetes Education Kishwaukee Hospital 815-748-8378 or email

Free. Registration Required. Contact Diabetes Education Kishwaukee Hospital at 815-748-8378 or visit there website online.


Advocate Sherman Hospital
1425 North Randall Road, Elgin, IL. 60123

HealthReach is a collection of programs provided by Advocate Sherman Hospital. To register for a class or receive more information, please call 1-800-3ADVOCATE or visit


Saint Francis Hospital
Wolf Auditorium, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston, IL 60202.

Diabetes Support Group - Open discussion about diabetes. Ample, free parking available.
Free and open to the public. For more information, call 847-316-7337.


Delnor Hospital
300 Randall Rd., Geneva, IL. 60134

Insulin Pump Support Group - For individuals who use insulin pumps.
Call for dates, times and locations - 630-262-6078

Cadence Fitness & Health Center
296 Randall Road, Geneva, IL. 60134

Diabetes Exercise Care – This comprehensive program includes exercise, diet and healthy-habits instruction for those with Type 1, Type 2 or prediabetes. The lifestyle program provides an opportunity to learn safe and effective exercises and other healthy behaviors that will help participants manage this complex disease and improve their quality of life.
To learn more about our membership classes, visit or call 630-938-9000

Glen Ellyn

DuPage Medical Group
430 Pennsylvania Ave, 2nd Floor, Conference Room C, Glen Ellyn

Type 1 Support Group - Meets the 2nd Tuesday of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
For more information, please contact Lori Wylly, RD, MPH, CDE at or 630-364-7854


Franciscan St. Anthony
1201 South Main Street, Crown Point, IN 46307

Diabetes Self Management Class - Classes include: blood glucose monitoring, meal planning and carbohydrate counting, medication management, physical activity, stress management, dining out guidance and lifestyle changes for a healthy heart. Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings each month
More information can be found on their website at: or call 219-738-2100

Methodist Hospitals Midlake Campus
Methodist Hospitals Midlake Campus Diabetes Center, 2269 25th Avenue, Gary

Diabetes Support Groups - A wide variety of topics related to diabetes are discussed. For persons with diabetes and their family members. Classes meet the 4th Tuesday of every month - 10:30 a.m to noon or 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Free. For questions call 219-738-5802 or visit


Provena St. Joseph Medical Center
Auditorium A, 333 N. Madison Street, Suite 106, Joliet, IL. 60435

Diabetes Support Group - Support Group for adults with diabetes. All are welcome. Different topics will be discussed each month. Come share your experiences and learn from each other as you work towards achieving control over your diabetes. Meets last Wednesday of each month

For more information call, 877-737-4636

Supporting Children with Diabetes - Please come and join us for a group meeting of children/teens with diabetes. Get to meet other kids with diabetes & share their experiences. Parents who are new to diabetes can learn from experienced parents. We have special topics each month. Snacks provided. Second Wednesday of the month

For more information, please contact Martha Halsey-Lyda, APN, CDE at 815-725-7133 ext. 4585 or


DuPage Medical Group
Diabetes Education Program, 1020 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 304, Naperville, IL 60563.

Type 2 Support Group - DuPage Medical Group announces the start of a free Diabetes Support Group for people diagnosed with type 2 diabetes. Managing diabetes is more than just eating right and taking your medications. It is also the personal, social and behavioral side of diabetes.

If you are interested in additional information about future sessions, please call Mary Beth Sanchez, Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at 630-364-7014.

  • Last Reviewed: February 7, 2014
  • Last Edited: June 11, 2014