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Illinois Support Groups

There are two different types of support groups in Illinois -- Peer-led Support Groups and Professionally-led Support Groups.

 Peer-led Support Groups

RESOLVE Peer-led Support Groups are informal opportunities for women and men experiencing infertility to connect with one another, to discuss their situations and to receive support from others who have had similar experiences or who are struggling with similar issues. Group moderators are volunteers and are not mental health professionals. Attendance is free. Please contact the group host before attending your first meeting.

Don’t see a support group in your area? Want to start a new group? The first step in the process is to listen to a free one-hour TeleSeminar entitled “How to Start a Peer-Led Support Group”. After you listen to that training you will be given instructions on next steps in the process. We hope to make this process as simple and straightforward for you as possible, while also ensuring that our hosts have been adequately prepared for their role as group leader.

Please note the contact information below is provided only for those seeking a support group. The media and family-building professionals should not contact support groups directly; support group hosts will not respond. Media requests should be directed to  Andy Schwarz, Media Relations, at 703.556.7172 or aschwarz@resolve.org. Family-Building Professionals and Researchers should contact RESOLVE headquarters at info@resolve.org. For more information about RESOLVE Support Groups, please contact supportgroups@resolve.org

Chicago
General Infertility Support Group

Meets on the second Thursday of each month from 8:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: Tribal Healing, 1818 W. Belmont Ave, Chicago, IL 60657
Host: Jeni and Scott Hutchinson
Please contact Jeni and Scott at jenwieds@yahoo.com before attending your first meeting. Free parking is available on site. This groups is open to couples and individuals.

Chicago Western Suburbs 
Egg Donation Support Group
Meets on the second Sunday of the month at 10:00AM
Location: Wheaton, IL
Host: Kristin and Sara
Please contact Kristin and Sara at ResolveDupage@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. This group is for women experiencing primary infertility and are considering egg donation. This group provides a safe and confidential setting to connect with others facing these unique challenges.

Chicago Western Suburbs
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group

Meets monthly
Location: Helen Plum Library, 110 W. Maple St., Lombard, IL 
Host: Megan
Please contact Megan at resolvechiwestburbs@gmail.com before attending your first meeting to see dates and times of their future meetings.

Geneva/Fox Valley
General Infertility Support Group
Meets the second Tuesday of the month at 7:00PM.
Location: Batavia Public Library, 10 S Batavia Ave  Batavia, IL
Hosts: Jennifer and Rosey
Please contact Jennifer or Rosey at resolvefoxvalley@gmail.com before attending your first meeting..

Glenview
Pregnancy & Parenting After Infertility Support Group

Meeting days vary
Location: Glenview, IL
Host: Christine
Please contact Christine at cabirkett@gmail.com or 847.840.1416 before attending your first meeting

Glenview
Primary Infertility Support Group
Meets the first Tuesday of the month from 7:00PM to 9:00PM
Location: Deerfield Library, 920 Waukegan Rd Deerfield, IL 6001
Host: Holly
Please contact Holly at hollym.hester@yahoo.com or 630.890.7832 before attending your first meeting.

Libertyville
Third Party Reproduction (Donor/Surrogate) Support Group
Meets on the second Thursday of the month at 7:00PM
Location: Libertyville, IL
Host: Carin
Please contact Carin at surrogcgroup@gmail.com before attending your first meeting. 

Quad Cities Iowa-Illinois
General Infertility Peer-led Support Group

Meets on the first Tuesday of the month at 6:00PM. Please note: May meeting will be held on the second Tuesday of the month.
Location: Panera Bread, 3410 Elmore Avenue, Davenport, IA 52807
Hosts: Kaity and Angela
Before attending your first meeting, please email resolveQC@gmail.com or call Kaity at 708.704.1723 or Angela at 319.240.7383before attending your first meeting.

 Professionally-led Support Groups

Professionally-led Support Groups are more structured than peer groups and form at various times throughout the year. They are led by trained and licensed therapists who are professional members of RESOLVE and specialize in assisting individuals and couples with the special challenges presented by the struggle of Infertility. Participation in professionally-led groups involves fees set by the individual therapist and a commitment to a specific number of sessions.

Southwest Suburban - Chicago Area
RESOLVE Professionally-Led Support Group - General Infertility Group
Meets on the third Monday of the month from 7:00PM to 8:30PM
Led by Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR. Contact by phone:  815-556-9471 or email: ChartreuseCenter@gmail.com
Location: The Friendship Centre, 175 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville, Illinois
This is a confidential and supportive group for women coping with primary and secondary infertility. Topics are based on the interests of the group and may include: talking with friends and family, decision making, living child free or concluding medical treatments, issues surrounding spirituality, grief and loss, living with infertility. A phone intake is completed prior to your first session attended and RSVP for each session is required. Cost: $20/group meeting 

Greater Will County
Surviving Infertility Group
Dates: January 9-January 30, February 20-March 13, April 24-May 15, June 5-June 26, July 24-August 14, September 18-October 9, October 30-November 20 from 7:00PM-8:30PM
Location: Friendship Centre, 175 Highpoint Drive, Romeoville, IL.
Led by Julie Blackburn, LCPC, NCC, ATR at 815-556-9471 or email at chartreusecenter@gmail.com to register. Visit the website to view accepted insurance providers at www.chartreusecenter.com.
This group is for women and couples that are newly confronted with a difficulty with conceiving or newly exploring an infertility diagnosis. This group meets 4 consecutive weeks. Focus for this interactive group includes: emotions and understanding your diagnosis; coping with tests, treatment and relationships; self-esteem and self acceptance; and defining your family building goals. Registration required.  Min/Max Participants: 6/12 Fee: $120/person **Inquire about submitting to insurance for the group.