Support Groups

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.

To learn more about an upcoming events or to sign up for the montly newsletter, please contact Sean Wilson at or 312-346-1805 ext. 6572

Local Support Groups & Educational Programs

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.

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. 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
Free Family Fun! Join us! Fun activities for kids with diabetes ages 8 to 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.
2nd Wednesday of each month — 6:45 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RSVP required.

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.

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.
Contact: Marcia Knudson at 312-236-8569 or

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.
Contact: or 773-731-0119

Diabetes Education & Support Ministry of Bryn Mawr Church
7000 South Jeffery Boulevad, Chicago IL
Since 1999, the Diabetes Education and Support Ministry (DESM) of Bryn Mawr Community Church (BMCC) has provided information and support for people living diabetes so they can effectively manage this chronic condition and improve the quality of their lives. Monthly meetings provide opportunities to receive information from health care professionals, discuss issues that are critical to people living with diabetes and give and receive support and encouragement. Sometimes there are "field trips"  and the group may meet in other locations.
Second Saturday of each month — 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Contact: Caryn Cross Hawk at or 773-324-0009
Call to confirm the monthly activity.

Kovler For Kids
Join the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center's FREE annual education event for families living with type 1 diabetes at Dupage Children’s Museum in Naperville.  Event is FREE and open to any family with children living with type 1 diabetes. Event attendees will receive complimentary dinner, activities for children, and goodie bags. Parents can choose from breakout sessions led by diabetes experts.
Saturday, October 29th 
5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
301 N Washington Street, Naperville IL 60540
Contact: or 773-702-4802

Diabetes Family Support Group
Support group for those living with someone who has diabetes.  Group members will have the opportunity to share concerns, as well as learn from the experience of others who face similar problems.  A Rush Oak Park Hospital Diabetes Professional will be on hand to ensure health information provided is accurate, but the group itself will be led by a community member.
Third Tuesday of the month
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Diabetes Education Center, Rush Oak Park Hospital, Third Floor
520 S. Maple Avenue, Oak Park IL 60304

Recognized Hospital Program Education Groups

Arlington Heights

Type 2 Diabetes Support Group
Northwest Community Health, 901 Kirchoff Road, Arlington Heights IL - Building 7, 1st Floor Conference Room
A lunchtime group for persons with type 2 diabetes. Bring your lunch. Beverages provided.
3rd Thursday of odd numbered month — 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Contact: 847-618-4475


Individual Education Counseling
Advocate Good Shepard Hospital, 450 West Highway 22, Barrington IL 60010
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.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 847-842-4130 ext. 6

Comprehensive Class Overview
Advocate Good Shepard Hospital, 450 West Highway 22, Barrington IL 60010
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.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 847-842-4130 ext. 6

Diabetes Boot Camp
Advocate Good Shepard Hospital, 450 West Highway 22, Barrington IL 60010
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.
Contact: 800-323-8622.

Diabetes Support Group (Living Well with Diabetes)
Advocate Good Shepard Hospital, 450 West Highway 22, Barrington IL 60010
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.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 847-854-9040.


Diabetes Support Group
Our Lady of the Resurrection Medical Center, 5645 West Addison Street, Chicago IL 60634 - Centennial Conference Room A
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.
1st Tuesday of each month — 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact 773-794-8329

Diabetes Support and Education Group
Rush University Medical Center , Johnston R. Bowman Health Center, 710 South Paulina Street, Chicago IL - Conference Room 316
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.
Last Friday of each month — 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 312-942-2053.

Diabetes Support Group
Saint Joseph Hospital, 2900 N Lake Shore Drive, Chicago IL 60657 (Chicago's Lakeview and Lincoln Park community)
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.
Contact: 733-665-6700

Diabetes Support Group
Saints Mary and Elizabeth Medical Center, 2233 West Division Street, Chicago IL 60622
Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences with others who have diabetes as well as provide caregivers with information about their management program.
3rd Thursday of each month — 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Contact: 312-770-2193

Diabetes Support Group
Swedish Covenant Hospital, Galter Life Center, 2nd floor, 5157 N. Francisco Avenue, Chicago IL 60625
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.
2nd Tuesday of each month — 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 773-878-8200 ext. 2596

Diabetes Support Group
Ingalls Flossmoor Family Care Center,1st Floor Conference Rooms, 19550 Governors Highway, Flossmoor, IL 60422
Guest speakers will provide education on all aspects of diabetes care in a supportive environment.  Family members and caregivers are also encouraged to attend sessions
Last Monday of each month — 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. (starting September 2015)
Free. Register required for each session.
Contact: Kim Kramer, RDN, LDN at or 708-915-8850


Diabetes Get Togethers
Kishwaukee Community Hospital, One Kish Hospital Drive, Suite 202, DeKalb IL 60115 - The Diabetes Education Classroom
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.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 815-748-8378


Advocate Sherman Hospital, 1425 North Randall Road, Elgin IL 60123
A collection of programs provided by Advocate Sherman Hospital.
Free. Register required.
Contact: 1-800-3ADVOCATE


Diabetes Support Group
Saint Francis Hospital, 355 Ridge Avenue, Evanston IL 60202 - Wolf Auditorium
Open discussion about diabetes. Ample, free parking available.
Contact: 847-316-7337


Diabetes Exercise Care
Cadence Fitness & Health Center, 296 Randall Road, Geneva IL 60134
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.
Contact: or call 630-938-9000

Glen Ellyn

Type 1 Support Group
DuPage Medical Group, 430 Pennsylvania Ave, 2nd Floor, Glen Ellyn IL - Conference Room C
2nd Tuesday of the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November — 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Contact Lori Wylly, RD, MPH, CDE at or 630-364-7854


Diabetes Self Management Class
Franciscan St. Anthony, 1201 South Main Street, Crown Point IL 46307
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.
Every Tuesday afternoons and Wednesday evenings
Contact 219-738-2100

Diabetes Support Groups
Methodist Hospitals Midlake Campus Diabetes Center, 2269 25th Avenue, Gary IL
A wide variety of topics related to diabetes are discussed. For persons with diabetes and their family members.
4th Tuesday of every month - 10:30 a.m to noon or 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Contact: 219-738-5802


Diabetes Support Group
Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison Street, Suite 106, Joliet IL 60435 - Auditorium A
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.
Last Wednesday of each month
Contact: 877-737-4636

Supporting Children with Diabetes
Provena St. Joseph Medical Center, 333 N. Madison Street, Suite 106, Joliet IL 60435 - Auditorium A
Please come and join us for a group meeting of children/teens with diabetes. Get to meet other kids with diabetes and share their experiences. Parents who are new to diabetes can learn from experienced parents. We have special topics each month. Snacks provided.
2nd Wednesday of the month
Contact: Martha Halsey-Lyda, APN, CDE at 815-725-7133 ext. 4585 or


Type 2 Support Group
DuPage Medical Group, 1020 East Ogden Avenue, Suite 304, Naperville IL 60563
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.
Contact: Mary Beth Sanchez, Dietitian and Certified Diabetes Educator at 630-364-7014

Oak Park

Diabetes Family Support Group
Rush Oak Park Hospital, 520 S. Maple Avenue, Oak Park IL 60304
Meet others who often struggle with how and when to provide support.  Group members will have the opportunity to share concerns as well as learn from the experiences of others who face similar challenges.
3rd Tuesday of the month - 6:30-8:00 p.m.

  • Last Reviewed: February 7, 2014
  • Last Edited: February 15, 2018